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1897 - 1960

1897, Ballarat, Vic. – 1960, Millmerran, Qld

In 1914, in preparation for becoming a chemist, Kenneth Macqueen began work at the Colonial Sugar Refinery Company, while attending evening classes at the Sydney Technical College. Enlisting with the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in 1916, he was sent to France where he served with the 12th Army Brigade of the Australian Field Artillery. He continued to paint in the field and pursued his art studies through a London-based correspondence course. After World War One, he worked as a typist at AIF headquarters in London, and later enrolled at the Westminster Technical Institute under Bernard Meninsky and at the Slade School of Fine Art under Henry Tonks. In 1919, Macqueen returned to Australia, and in 1922, he and his brother Jack settled on a property at Mt Emlyn, near Millmerran on the Darling Downs. Despite his relative isolation, Macqueen maintained a national profile, keeping abreast of innovations in art practice and exhibiting regularly in Sydney and the other state capitals. He served as a trustee of the Queensland National Art Gallery from 1959 to 1960.

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