Hidden in plain sight at The University of Queensland’s Great Court is a visual time capsule of the natural and social history of the State of Queensland. More than 1200 Helidon freestone carvings, monumental statues, friezes, inscriptions, heraldry, arch reliefs and grotesque portraits enrich the building facades and surrounding cloisters.

Since 1976, Rhyl Hinwood AM (1986) has completed hundreds of sculptures on site in the Great Court of The University of Queensland. They have been listed on the Registers of Queensland Heritage and the National Estate since 1990. Rhyl was awarded a 1986 Churchill Fellowship, an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy by UQ in 2001 and Membership in the General Division of The Order of Australia in 2006 for her services to the Visual Arts.

Other recent major works include thirteen Helidon freestone statues for the west end of St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Brisbane and a larger than life bronze statue of St Magnus, the Patron Saint of the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane.

Rhyl is the Patron of Sculptors Queensland. Read the most up to date information on the work Rhyl has completed at St John’s Catherdral here


Rhyl Hinwood AM will introduce you to highlights of work she selected, designed and carved since 1976. They include seventeen of the very popular grotesque portraits, heraldry, monumental key figures of natural history world scholarship, Queensland’s principal flora that record indigenous cultural life and fauna subjects that celebrate the uniqueness of Queensland’s native species, and the achievements of staff and graduates of the university.

This tour is limited to a maximum of 50 delegates – reserve your space when you register for the convention.

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