Dora Toovey Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae of Dora Toovey

1898 Born 28 December in Bathurst

1902 Ithaca House in Bathurst sold

1910 Attends SCEGGS School, Darlinghurst/Sydney

1914 Father Captain Toovey joins Great War

late 1910s attends a business college

Dora Toovey 1917

1919 Starts working at Commonwealth Bank

Dora Toovey 1917 (on right)

Jackson and Toovey passport

              1920s  Studies at Royal Art Society with James R. Jackson and Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo

              1924 Marries James R. Jackson

              1927 Travels with James R. Jackson to Italy, France and Spain

              1927 Meets Augustus John in France and studies with him

              1928 Paints in Spain and Balearic islands with James R. Jackson

Dora Toovey and James R. Jackson, c. 1926


1929 Daughter Jacqueline born in Sydney

1931 Builds Lanyon Flats at Lavender Bay

1932 Oversees building of home in Battle Boulevarde, Seaforth (featured in Australian Home Magazine with photos by Harold Cazneaux in May 1933).

1933 Seaforth home leased to Ken Patrick and wife Heather Winn

1933 Travels and lives with family in camps at Lanyon near Canberra, Murrumbidgee, and Higgins property Gloucester

Toovey painting in studio1934 Macquarie Galleries exhibition

1936 Son Murray born

1938 Studies portraiture with William Beckwith McInnes in Melbourne

1938 Exhibition at Rubery Bennett Galleries, Sydney

1939 Lives at Walker Street North Sydney

  Jacqueline and Murray Jackson attend Wenona

Dora Toovey painting in the studio, 1930s

Toovey painting with Murray and Jacqui1943 Archibald Prize finalist with portrait of Lieutenant A.R. Cutler, V.C.

1944 paints at the trial of William Dobell on his portrait of Joshua Smith which had won the Archibald Prize

Dora Toovey with Jacqui and Murray, Sydney Morning Herald, 3/51938

1947 Divorce from James R. Jackson

1948 Archibald Prize finalist with portrait of Hugh Laming

Dora Toovey and George Scott1950 Marries George Scott, teacher and former headmaster of Cleveland Public School, living at  23 Parriwi Road, Mosman

1951 Wynne Prize finalist

Dora Toovey and George Scott, c1950s

Dora Toovey 1950s1950  Archibald Prize finalist with portrait of aviator Nancy Bird Walton

1953  Paints in Snowy Mountain region

1955 Archibald Prize finalist with portrait of Prof. Emeritus Griffith Taylor, Antarctic explorer

1956 Archibald Prize finalist with portrait of artist Lloyd Rees

1957 Painting of Wynyard Park

Dora Toovey, c1960s

1960 Portrait of Sir Herbert Schlink for the Ski Club of Australia

1961 Archibald Prize finalist with portrait of Roy Fluke (now in the Art Gallery of NSW collection) 

1964 Joins Beauty Point branch Liberal Party

1965 Paints Robin McKellar, wife of politician Michael McKellar 

1966 Trip to Central Australia

1967 Painting of aboriginal nativity Mother and Child Christmas card

1970 Wins Portia Geach Memorial Award with Self Portrait in Landscape

1974  Trip with son Murray to South America (Peru)

1975 James R. Jackson dies

1978  Wins Portia Geach Memorial Award with portrait of Senator Neville Bonner

1980  Possibly trip with Julia and Jacqueline Jamieson to Birdsville track

1980  17 April: Grand Artists' dinner in honour of 13 distinguished artists of 80 years of age. Apart from Dora Toovey, the guests of honour were Lloyd Rees, Douglas Dundas, Desiderius Orban, George Finey, Sali Herman, Rubery Bennett, Noel Kilgour and Robert Emerson Curtis. Not able to attend were Grace Cossington Smith, Erik Langker, Maximilian Feuerring and Ronald Steuart.
Other guests included Margaret Olley, John Coburn, Roy Fluke, Guy Warren, Alan D. Baker, John Santry, Peter Laverty, Joshua Smith 

1986  Dies 13 July and buried under her married name Dora Scott at Mona Vale Cemetery, Sydney, NSW

Dora Toovey's works are represented in

  • National Gallery of Australia

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales

  • Art Gallery of South Australia

  • National Gallery of Victoria

  • Queensland Art Gallery (Portrait of Sir Raphael Cilento, c. 1967)

  • Manly Art Gallery & Museum

  • Mosman Art Gallery

  • Newcastle Art Gallery

  • National Portrait Gallery
  • University of Sydney (Portrait of Francis Arnaud Bland; Portrait of Prof. Emeritus Griffith Taylor, Antarctic explorer)
  • Parliament House, Canberra
  • Lismore Regional Gallery (Cox's River sketch, 1959)
  • Bundaberg City Collection


  • 1962 and 1963 Prizes at Ryde
  • 1963 Katoomba
  • 1965 Northside Festival
  • 1967 Royal Art Society New South Wales
  • 1970 Portia Geach Memorial Award with Self portrait in landscape (now in the collection of the Art Gallery of NSW)
  • 1978 Portia Geach Memorial Award with a portrait of Senator Neville Bonner

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