Who was Nellie Payne?

Headmaster's chair, Hutchins School, Hobart. Carved 1932.


“Still with the sacrifices of the Great War in her mind, Mrs. Payne felt a desire to do something for the whole (Hutchins) school –something of her own which would, at the same time, express her gratitude to Hutchins for all that it had done for Alan.  So at the Anzac Day service at the school on April 25, 1932 Mr(later Sir) Geoffrey Walch, as President of the Parents’ Association, handed over to the school, as Mrs Payne’s gift, a beautifully carved chair, for the use of the headmaster on all official occasions.  This chair, which bears a carved legend stating that it was presented ‘in honour of all Hutchins School boys who served in the Great War’ is a magnificent piece, and is cherished by the school as a fine work of art.”

Excerpt from “Ellen Nora Payne-Woodcarver of Tasmania”  by Russell Atkinson. Page 84.