About Rhyl Hinwood

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Rhyl Hinwood was born in Brisbane in 1940 and educated at Somerville House 1954-57. Her career began in the Queensland Museum where she worked as an artist for five years. In 1976 she won a commission to complete the carvings in the Great Court of the University of Queensland. Since 1990 hundreds of her Helidon freestone carvings have been listed on the Registers of the National Estate and Queensland Heritage, including grotesque portraits, monumental figures, heraldry, and Queensland’s principal flora and fauna which celebrate the achievements of staff and graduates of the University. She designed and carved eight major artworks for Roma Street Parkland Spectacle Gardens, the River of Stone and a number of major artworks for St Stephens Cathedral as well as four portrait heads on site in the Benefactors’ Gallery of St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Brisbane where she has designed, carved and installed thirteen monumental Helidon freestone statues for the west end in 2019.

As a professional sculptor with over fifty years experience, Rhyl has worked almost exclusively on the design and production of over seven hundred commissioned public artworks for institutions, the churches, corporations, organisations, federal, state and local governments as well as for private clients. Perhaps her most prestigious commission is the production of a ceramic Australian Coat of Arms for the House of Representatives Chamber in the new Parliament House, Canberra, in 1987. Rhyl has also produced many major artworks in bronze including the 120% life size bronze “ Man from Snowy River” at Broadbeach, the RAAF Memorial in Queens Park, Brisbane, The Memorial to Australian Forces in Malaya/ Borneo and Korea for Anzac Square Brisbane, Mary Poppins and Mary Pozieres for the City of Maryborough and a monumental statue of St Magnus, Patron Saint of the Anglican Church Grammar School in East Brisbane and several sculptures including the Tree of Life for Somerville House.

A1986 Churchill Fellow, Rhyl was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Queensland in 2001 for her outstanding contribution to the University and to the Visual Arts in Queensland and appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her service to the Visual Arts.

She was appointed Patron of Sculptors Queensland in 2016.



Curriculum vitae 2021

Born: Brisbane Qld 1940.

Address: 8 Wexford Street, Kenmore Hills Qld 4069  

Tel: 07 3378380  Mobile: 0407 661 002 

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Education:   1945-1953 Yeronga State Primary School

                     1954-57 Somerville House High School for Girls matriculation

EMPLOYMENT:  1958-1962 Queensland Museum, Brisbane.  

                            1976-2000:  Great Court sculptor, University of Queensland

AWARDS and HONOURS:        

2015   Appointed Patron of Sculptors Queensland.

2009:  Museum of Brisbane: 'Brisbane Women, Ten of the Best'.

2006:  Appointed Member, General Division of The Order of Australia (AM)

2001:  Doctor of Philosophy (honoris causa) The University of Queensland

1990;  Great Court sculpture listed by National Trust Australia & Qld. Heritage

1988   Bicentennial Commemorative Medallion

1986:  Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship.


1983   Universiade '83 World University Games, Edmonton, Canada,1983 

1982   Festival '82 Commonwealth Games. Brisbane1982


2020:  'Subtropical Treasures' Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.

2018:  13 Statues including 24 characters, west end, St John's Anglican       Cathedral Brisbane.

2017:  'Pozieres Memorial', Gallipoli to Armistice Queens Park Maryborough

2015:  Celtic Cross, Holy Spirit Seminary, Banyo, Brisbane.

          'The Voyage' frieze,Monte Sant'Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney.

          'Spirit of Magnus' The Anglican Church Grammar School, Brisbane.

2010:  'The Tree of Life' Somerville House, Brisbane.

          'Kuta Picnic' Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane.

2005:  'River of Stone', 'Blood and Water' St Stephens Cathedral. Brisbane.

          'Mary Poppins' Maryborough Qld.

2004   'Walking Together' Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach

2001:  'Place of Springs' frieze, VPAC, Somerville House, Brisbane.

          7 'Subtropical Treasures', Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane.

1997:  RAAF Memorial, Queens Park, Brisbane.

1994 : Monumental portraits of 6 UQ Press authors, Entry markers,      Oodgeroo seat, Wordsmiths, The Writers Cafe, UQ.

1990:  'The Man from Snowy River', A.B .Patterson College, Arundel Qld.

1988:  Canon Morris Memorial, Anglican Church Grammar School Brisbane.

          Australian Coat of Arms, House of Reps, Parliament House, ACT.

          Australian Forces Korea / Malaya / Borneo Memorial, Anzac Square

1987:  Reception artworks, Mirage Resorts, Gold Coast & Port Douglas, Qld. 1981:    Royal Coat of Arms, Banco Room, Supreme Court, Brisbane

1976-2014:    Great Court sculptures, The University of Queensland