Dr John Stuart Dowie AM is best known for his sculptures which can be found in almost every Australian capital city. They’re also located in Mawson Base, Antarctica, Scheveningen in The Netherlands, the Australian Embassy in Washington DC, the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby and Windsor Castle, London. Dowie’s home town of Adelaide is fortunate to have many of his works on public display, including the sandstone bas-relief honouring Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith and their mechanics Wally Shiers and Jim Bennett. The sculpture, pictured below, was commissioned in 1957 ahead of the unveiling of the Sir Ross and Keith Smith Memorial at Adelaide Airport. It’s believed Dowie created this bust of Ross Smith as part of his preparations for the larger work. This image was supplied courtesy of the owner John Russell OAM.
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