Tragedy at Tinana
This series of paintings is a far cry stylistically from my usual work. The paintings address the other side of the ANZAC legend the psychological hell that was visited upon the diggers and the people around them in the years after their return from the battlefields of the First World War. The paintings refer directly to incidents surrounding the last days of my grandfather, Charlie Bayldon.
In 1924, Bayldon, a returned serviceman, still suffering the effects of the Great War and spurned by his 16 year-old fiancée, Myrtle Moore, took a gun and shot her and then turned the gun on himself. The murder took place at Tinana on the outskirts of Maryborough, Queensland.
I only discovered this horrific episode a few years ago. My attempt to make sense of it manifested in these paintings I have drawn on contemporary news reports to create this narrative.
The series is dedicated to the memory of the young girl, Myrtle Moore.