Donation of painting by Wayne Robertson, Thames
Posted by WACMA on 15/05/2014
This painting has recently been donated to Waihi Arts Centre & Museum by Wayne Robertson of Thames. It has been painted in pastel and inks, and depicts Wayne’s impressions of the hills and houses in and around Waihi town. Wayne has a working studio in the recently upgraded Depot building in Grahamstown.
Wayne’s grandfather was Alec Robertson, a coal miner from Musselburgh, Edinburgh, who emigrated to New Zealand in the early 1920’s and worked on the West Coast before moving to Waihi. A couple of years later his wife Helen joined him along with 4 Scottish born children. They had a further 3 children born in Waihi and eventually the family moved to Auckland in 1936.
Alec was an outstanding soccer player in the Scottish Amateur ranks and reportedly went on playing soccer in Waihi well into his forties.
Wayne is the son of Robert, an Auckland and North Island league representative. Other members of the family have represented New Zealand in league as captain, coach and selector.