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BUSTARD, William
1894 - 1973

1894, Yorkshire, England – 1973, Brisbane

William Bustard studied at Yorkshire’s Scarborough School of Art, and at the Battersea Polytechnic Institute and the Putney School of Art, London. Trained in stained-glass techniques, he joined the firm of James Powell & Sons in 1913. During World War One, Bustard served in the Royal Army Medical Corps (1915–18), and after the war returned to England to work for his old firm until 1921, when he and his wife migrated to Australia. They settled in Brisbane, where Bustard continued his work in stained glass, designing windows for St John’s and St Stephen’s cathedrals and St Augustine’s and St Anne’s churches, as well as for Brisbane City Hall. He was active in the Queensland art community from the 1920s and was a prominent exhibitor in the Royal Queensland Art Society’s annual exhibitions. He also exhibited with Sydney’s Society of Artists and the Australian Watercolour Institute, and held many successful solo exhibitions. Bustard was chair of the Queensland National Art Gallery’s Advisory Committee (1931–37) and a foundation member of the Gallery’s Board of Trustees in 1931.

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