So this guy lived in Ballarat and this monument to him on the edge of Lake Wendouree tells us he liked manly sports.
I’m not sure what Ned Williams would have thought of artist Charles Basing. It’s possible they met in Ballarat before Basing left for New York City and Williams died.
According to the exhibition text at the splendid Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Basing “died of blood poisoning after being trodden on by a camel while on holiday in Morocco.” That’s not very manly. Artists poncing about getting in the way of honest hard working animals would get no sympathy from Ned.
Given that Lake Wendouree is now dry (story coming soon), it seems Basing’s gift to Ballarat, the work ‘Beneath Manhattan Bridge’ (c 1915), has survived to be the greater legacy.