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Elspeth Vaughan (Artist and Educator)
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01 Jan 1926
Elspeth Phyllis Vaughan (later Elspeth Hope-Johnstone) was born in Hobart in 1926. Along with her two sisters, she attended The Friends School. She trained and worked as a kindergarten teacher in Melbourne. Upon her return to Tasmania she taught at the Augusta Road Kindergarten and at Lady Gowrie in Battery Point, where she was director for several years. In 1953 she was appointed Supervisor of Pre-School Education in the Tasmanian Education Department. She also lectured in Early Childhood Education at the former Tasmanian College of Advanced Education. In 1976 she was made a fellow of the Australian College of Education.
Elspeth painted from an early age, painting in her school years in watercolours with Friends School Headmaster Ernest Unwin. She undertook both formal and informal art training, with tuition from Jack Carington-Smith at the Hobart Art School and several study trips overseas. She exhibited regularly from 1968.
Elspeth was a core member of the 'Sunday Painters' group of Tasmanian watercolour artists active in the mid-twentieth century. She married Ralph Hope-Johnstone in 1976 and together they spent time overseas travelling and painting. Elspeth was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for services to art, education and public broadcasting. She is a life member of The Art Society of Tasmania. 

Information Sources:
Diictionary of Australian Artists Online; NS6009 - Biographical notes
Ralph Hope-Johnstone (NG3481)27 Jun 191705 Jun 1989
Series Created By Agency:
NS6006 Botanical Drawings01 Jan 193031 Dec 1949

NS6012 Records relating to Education and Teaching Career25 Aug 193911 May 1976

NS6039 Personal Photographs01 Jan 194930 Apr 2011

NS6014 Correspondence17 May 195331 Dec 2015

NS6034 Photographs of Paintings by Elspeth Vaughan01 Jan 196031 Dec 2010

NS6008 Records of Exhibitions01 Nov 196531 Dec 2015

NS6011 Exhibition Reviews01 Jan 196631 Dec 2014

NS6013 Notes about Lake Pedder01 Jan 197031 Dec 2014

NS6007 Records relating to Ralph Hope-Johnston01 Jan 197231 Dec 1990

NS6009 Biographical Notes01 Jan 197831 Dec 2018

NS6005 Records of Community Service, including Investiture16 Jul 198214 Mar 1995

NS6035 Interview with Elspeth Vaughan19 Jan 198419 Jan 1984

NS6010 Diaries05 Sep 199231 Dec 1999