The drover’s team

Born Creswick, Victoria, Australia 1889, died Mornington, Victoria 1976


Daryl Lindsay was one of ten children from the artistically renowned Lindsay family that included his older brothers Percy, Lionel and Norman. Like his brothers, Daryl Lindsay was home schooled in Creswick, Victoria. He later attended the Slade School of Art, London.

Lindsay is perhaps best remembered for his Directorship of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne between 1941 and 1956. Under his direction the National Gallery of Victoria Gallery Society was established and the Gallery became known for its progressive collecting policy.

During World War I, Lindsay served with the AIF in France as a war artist, and then at the Queen Mary Hospital, Kent, visually recording plastic surgery. Before the war he had worked as a jackeroo in Queensland and the Riverina, New South Wales. Painted in 1960, The drover’s team recalls these early experiences working on the land.

Lindsay was Chairman of the Commonwealth Art Advisory Board (1962–70) and received a knighthood in 1956. His work is represented in most state and many regional galleries.