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Art ACT director David Whitney and Harold Grant.
Picture: Elesa Lee
''They lived here, they
wrote poetry about
Canberra and I think to
have that recognised
publicly is very important,''
-- Art ACT director David
SYDNEY-based artist Cathy Weisz-
mann was commissioned to work on
the figures of the three prominent
Ms Weiszmann also created the Mal
Meninga bronze at Canberra Stadium,
and many different sculptures for the
Sydney Cricket Ground including ones
of Paul Kelly, Dally Messenger and
While Ms Weiszmann had heard of
the poets she didn't know much about
them and spent months talking to their
family members to gain insight into
their characteristics and nuances.
''It's been really interesting learning
about them,'' she said.
''They gave me lots of photos to
look at ... I also borrowed a couple of
Finding photos of Ms Wright proved
to be tough as she hated having her
photograph taken. Ms Wright was a
prolific Australian poet, critic, and
short-story writer, who published more
than 50 books.
Alec Derwent Hope was an Aust-
ralian poet, essayist and critic known
for his satirical slant. Hope won many
awards in his lifetime including the
Britannica Award for Literature in
1965 and the Robert Frost Award for
Poetry in 1976.
David Campbell was an outstanding
sportsman as well as a poet who wrote
more than 15 volumes of prose and
poetry. His love of rugby was evident
in his broken-nose, which Ms Weisz-
mann worked hard at recreating.
Eventually after months of gathering
information and images of the poets
Ms Weiszmann was able to start
constructing the figures.
''It took a long, long time to get the
likenesses right -- it ended up taking a
good few months,'' she said.
Art ACT director David Whitney
expressed his support for the Poet's
Corner and said it reflected Canberra's
strong links to literature.
''We've got a large number of
writers and in particular poets who
have come out of Canberra,'' he said.
Mr Whitney believes the three poets
chosen for the corner are important
because of their local connections to
''They lived here, they wrote poetry
about Canberra and I think to have that
recognised publicly is very import-
ant,'' he said.
The three busts have been set on
columns to reflect the heights of the
poets and each features a poem.
There is also a fourth smaller
column set just in front of the three
''The cheeky little stone we put at
the front is for people to read their own
poetry on,'' Mr Whitney said.
Boat-load of service recognised
Anna Wellings Booth has been chosen for an OAM for her work as the founder of Dragons Abreast ACT and
Picture: Elesa Lee
ANNA Wellings Booth is affection-
ately referred to as the Old Dragon by
members of Dragons Abreast and it is
a title she wears with honour.
The founder of Dragons Abreast
ACT and Region, Ms Wellings
Booth's decades of service to
women's health is being recognised
with a Medal of the Order of
Ms Wellings Booth said it was
very exciting to find out she had been
awarded an OAM and spent Australia
Day at home answering calls and
emails from friends and well-wishers.
''My computer nearly blew up,''
The O'Connor resident has re-
ceived an OAM for her work with a
range of breast cancer support organ-
isations including Breast Cancer Net-
work Australia and Dragons Abreast
Ms Wellings Booth has been
involved in this field for at least 20
years and said she accepted the award
for all women who had been diagno-
sed with breast cancer.
''This award is for all the women
who've had breast cancer, it's not just
for me, because you can't have a club
or a team unless you've got
members,'' she said.
''They're pretty inspirational
Ms Wellings Booth was diagnosed
with breast cancer in 1987 and since
then has dedicated much of her time
establishing support systems for other
women. She was a foundation mem-
ber of the Breast Cancer Network
Australia, a founding member of
Bosom Buddies, and an ACT State
Representative from 1998-2006.
''I just happened to be around
when something was just forming and
I was the foundation member of all
those organisations -- whether it was
the wrong time or the right time I
don't know,'' she said.
Dragons Abreast is a group Ms
Wellings Booth has actively support-
ed since its foundation and she
describes it as one step past a support
''It's for when women want to
move from support groups into
something more active and fun,'' she
''Very few people talk about
cancer -- you leave your problems on
the shore and you go out and have a
blast on the lake.''
Ms Wellings Booth was en-
couraged to start up the second team
''I didn't even know what one
looked like, I really didn't -- I had no
idea,'' she said.
''It was difficult, which is why I
say I feel I'm a bit of a pathfinder
really, because I'm there in the
After recruiting members, she then
had to convince the Canberra Dragon
Boasting Association that they were
serious and wanted to do it.
''They agreed and were totally
supportive of me and still are,'' she
said. Now there are 45 Dragons
Abreast teams around the country.
''It's pretty amazing and some of
them have got two or three boat
loads,'' Ms Wellings Booth said.
While the Old Dragon has stepped
back from active involvement in
recent months, Ms Wellings Booth
said she was happy to pass on the
responsibilities to other women in the
''There are so many inspirational,
capable women around -- everyone
deserves a turn,'' she said.
FAMILY FUN DAY
CELEBRATE World Wetlands Day
at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands
Family Fun Day on Sunday,
February 5 from 11am to 2pm at 2
Dairy Road, Fyshwick.
This free event will be a great way
to spend time with the family in the
beautiful setting of Jerrabomberra
Children's activities include
parachute games, a jumping castle
and a patting zoo. See a corroboree
frog, talk to a ranger and become a
fire fighter for the day. Bring your
binoculars to spot a variety of native
birds. Pack a picnic or enjoy the
sausage sizzle and ice cream stall.
For further information or in case of
wet weather call 13 22 81 or visit
FIRST RECRUIT COURSE OPENS
TWENTY-FIVE new police recruits
have started their 25-week training
Manager of Learning and
Development at the Barton
College, Mark Ney, officially
opened the course on Monday.
This is the first ACT Policing course
for 2012. The new recruits range in
age from 22 to 50, with 15
originating from the ACT.
Deputy Chief Police Officer David
McLean, who attended the opening
ceremony, said these latest recruits
would follow in the footsteps of ACT
Policing's first class who graduated
in November last year.
''The recruits have 25 tough weeks
ahead of them. When they
graduate, they will be deployed to
stations within ACT Policing where
they will initially be required to
complete a two week rotation
through Traffic Operations,''
Commander McLean said.
ACT Policing will kick off another
recruitment campaign in the
coming months to find more great
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