Model Ships Expo at Belconnen Arts Centre

Barcham 17 September 2013

Models are cool.

The Canberra Model Shipwrights Society are putting on their annual expo this weekend at the Belconnen Arts Centre,

You can go, if you like.

Marking Canberra’s Centenary and the Canberra Model Shipwrights Society’s quarter-century, the expo will include up to 150 museum-quality period ships and warships, as well as radio-controlled vessels on Lake Ginninderra. The expo recognises the role that ships and the sea played in the colonisation of Australia, and Canberra becoming the capital on the amalgamation of those colonies.

Ray Osmotherly, the society’s secretary, is one of the Canberra model shipwrights who will be exhibiting at the Expo.

Mr Osmotherly said. “I’ve been modelling since I was a boy, inspired by my uncle, Sydney Walter Lucas, who was one of Canberra’s first Government architects.

“Sydney came to Canberra in 1927 with the Federal Government Department of Works, and worked on the designs of many of Canberra’s early houses, particularly some of the homes around Mugga Way.

“As well as being an architect Sydney was an avid modeller, and my lifelong fascination with models was sparked watching him not only contribute to the building of Canberra but also working on his intricate miniature creations. I am currently restoring one of his early works.”

The Society comprises some 50-odd members, about half of whom are country members.

The Canberra Model Shipwrights Society Inc Expo 2013 is on at the Belconnen Arts Centre on Saturday 21 September from 9am to 5pm and Sunday 22 September from 10am to 4pm. Entry is $3 for adults, $1 for children, or $7 for a family.

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