INDIA, WILLIAM JOHNSTON, AND HIS COLLECTION with Kenneth W Park
Thursday 28 May 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
In 1965, William (Bill) Johnston made the first of many trips to India. While he was there, he purchased numerous items from the Maharaja of Tagore in Bengal. India would prove to be an enduring and plentiful source of collectables and spark a lifelong interest in the country and its history. The period of the British Raj saw the Maharajas of India fill their palaces with great collections but with Indian independence many of these rulers started to sell off their collections. Bill, the antique dealer, was perfectly placed to acquire many interesting pieces. This lecture will explore the connection between India, Bill and his collection. The Johnston Collection has retained many objects with an Indian connection, and is an extraordinary and elegant reminder of Johnston’s passion for antiques and interior style.
KENNETH W PARK has served as Curator of Collections at Wesley College, Melbourne for just on thirty years. He is responsible school’s extensive art and archival collections. Kenneth also consults in both the corporate and public sectors in philanthropic fundraising (especially in planned giving) as well as marketing, sponsorship, art, membership / loyalty and public relations.
An avid traveller, tour leader and lecturer, Kenneth works with a range of tourism organisations and travel companies across the globe. He lives by the motto – ‘Life is a grand tour so make the most of it’. His tertiary studies include political science, administration, museum studies, industrial relations, fine arts, history and international relations. Kenneth has a passion for travel (and he has visited India on numerous occasions), food, wine, arts, architecture, history, and good conversation … essentially the good life.