Alfred O'Keeffe

Behind the scenes

...was born on this day in 1858 in Long Gully, Australia

Above is a vase of flowers from our own collection, but his best known work is probably 'The Defence Minister's telegram' in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

This painting, first shown in 1921, is not a self-portrait but draws on the artist's experience: both his sons had been killed at Gallipoli in 1915.

You can read more about Alfred O'Keeffe on Te Ara.