About Alethea Mary Proctor
Alethea Mary (Thea) Proctor (1879-1966), artist, was born on 2 October 1879 at Armidale, New South Wales, elder child of William Consett Proctor, English-born solicitor and member of the Legislative Assembly (1880-87), and his Queensland-born wife Kathleen Janet Louisa, née Roberts. In the 1880s the family lived comfortably at Hunters Hill, Sydney, and in 1889 Thea was sent to boarding school at Armidale. Her parents separated in 1892 (and were divorced in 1897). With her mother and brother she went to live at Bowral with her maternal grandparents who encouraged her artistic pursuits. In 1894, while attending Lynthorpe Ladies' College, Thea won a prize at the Bowral Amateur Art Society's exhibition. She passed the junior public examination in December next year.
Select Bibliography ◾J. Burke, Australian Women Artists, 1840-1940 (Melb, 1980) ◾R. Butler and J. Minchin, The Prints (Syd, 1980) ◾A. Motion, The Lamberts (Lond, 1986) ◾Art in Australia, 43, Apr 1932 ◾Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 5, no 2, Jan 1964 ◾Bowral Free Press, 16 June 1894 ◾H. de Berg, interview with Thea Proctor (transcript, 1961, National Library of Australia).