Cover image for Joseph Thomas Vast Connor (Artist)
Joseph Thomas Vast Connor (Artist)
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Start Date:
02 Mar 1875
End Date:
12 May 1954
Joseph Connor was a self-taught artist who began painting at aged 35. He was born in Hobart in 1875 to carpenter, Michael Connor and his wife Ellen (formerly Skinner). Joseph married Amy Fitch in 1903. They had two sons, Albert Joseph and Alan Frederick and one daughter, Kathleen Isobel (later Ritchie). Alan and Albert (Bert) became drapers in the business that became known as A.J. Connor and Co in Harrington Street, Hobart. Joseph worked as Manager of the Furniture and Antiques Department at Brownell's throughout his painting life. The family lived at 'Greendale' in St Canice Avenue, Sandy Bay, for many years
Connor was a foundation member of the Australian Water Colour Institute and the Contemporary Group, Sydney and a life member of the Art Society of Tasmania. His work, which was exhibited in America, Britain and France was almost all watercolour landscapes of Hobart and the Tasmanian countryside. He exhibited at the British Empire Exhibition in 1924 and some of his works were hung at Government House Hobart for a period of time. A retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in February, 1958

Information Sources:
Mercury [TAS] 14 May 1954, p8 and p16; AD960/1/82 will no. 35604
Functions Performed:
Arts and culture
A. J. Connor & Co (NG3615)01 Jan 192331 Dec 1989
Series Created By Agency:
NS6556 Sketchbooks01 Jan 1911

NS6571 Scrapbooks and Cuttings01 Jan 191431 Dec 1951

NS6573 Exhibition Catalogues01 Jan 191531 Dec 1954

NS888 Microfilm Copies of the Papers of Joseph Connor01 Jan 191731 Dec 1932

NS6572 Correspondence01 Jan 191931 Dec 1998

NS6599 Photographs01 Jan 192031 Dec 1939

NS6593 Books01 Jan 192131 Dec 1952

NS6594 Miscellaneous Material and Ephemera01 Jan 192430 Dec 1953

NS6574 Reminiscences about Hobart01 Jan 193031 Dec 1950