The Walsh Memorial Library is excited to announce the acquisition of a new portrait on display, featuring the record-breaking aviator, Jean Batten.
The mid-1930s painting is attributed to the artist, Maurice Frederick Codner, and has been gifted to the Museum by ANZ.
The artist captures a youthful Jean against a rural landscape. It is a welcome addition to the Museum’s already substantial collection that celebrates and tells the story of a Kiwi icon.
Jean Batten CBE, OSC, was New Zealand’s best-known aviator. In the 1930s her record-breaking solo flights across the world made her a global superstar – the “Garbo of the Skies” or Hine-o-te-Rangi (Daughter of the Skies).
Join us in welcoming this unique piece to the collection, as we again shine a light on this extraordinary woman and her achievements.
Further reading about the acquisition is available on our news page here.
On display in the Walsh Memorial Library | Open Weekdays | 10am-4pm