November 29, 2017
The Master Modeller: Portrait of David Glasson by Victoria Kitanov © 2017
Mr David Glasson is a well-respected authority on Sydney’s maritime heritage, having lived and worked in & around the Harbour for most of his life. David’s exquisite hand-built scale models are meticulously researched, and feature replicas of boats he has been employed in at one one time or another, or those he has identified as of significance to the Royal Australian Navy, and recommended for acquisition to the Naval Heritage Collection.
In 2016, David Glasson and a dedicated team (Glenn Wallace, Brian Thomas, Cyrille Humbert, Dennis O’Brien, Tony Taranto, Benoit Bouf, Neville Brown & Toby Maigaard), had completed the 9-year restoration of MATILDA, the Royal Australian Navy Standard Motor Launch (1910), ex-H.M.A.S. Parramatta (I), escorting her via crane lighter (navigated by Mr Clive Sewell), to her new home at the Naval Heritage Museum, Garden Island Dockyard, Sydney.
In 2015, David Glasson received the Wooden Boat Association (N.S.W.) Hal Harper Award for authentic historic restoration [See also : BoatCraftNSW.com > Heritage Restoration > The RAN Standard Motor Launch Model]
In The Master Modeller, scale models include Motor Tug ‘B.J.’ (1949) & Defence Maritime Services Tug WATTLE No. 1606 (2014-15) in the rear; District Naval Officer’s Launch (DNOL) No. 168 (1936) to the right, and Motor Tug SYDPORT (1960) in the foreground.
The original (Watercolour, 50 x 72 cm.) by Australian artist Victoria Kitanov is available as a Limited Edition print. (See also: The Boatman: Portrait of Gary Richardson)