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Selway, Chrissie (?–1926)

Miss Chrissie Selway, whose death was announced a few days ago, was well known in artistic and scientific circles. A daughter of an early colonist, Mr. W. H. Selway, himself an art connoisseur, she inherited a talent for drawing and painting. This was developed under the tuition of masters, including Herr Tanner, of the South Australian School of Painting. Still life and studies from Nature were her chief interest. Whilst a member of the Field Naturalists' Society she conceived the project of painting all the orchids described in Professor Tite's Flora of South Australia. With the aid of friends in various parts of the State, who supplied growing specimens, she was able to reproduce in color all but a few of the orchids described in that book. These she portrayed in oils on porcelain, thus producing a work of artistic and scientific merit, as a key to the orchids depicted gives the botanical name of each flower. She was also a member of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, and took much interest in the meetings of the British Association in Adelaide in 1914. Miss Selway was an active worker in connection with St. Andrew's Church, Walkerville, especially during the time of Archdeacon Dove and Bishop Wilson.

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'Selway, Chrissie (?–1926)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/selway-chrissie-14308/text25374, accessed 16 September 2019.

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