Mona Dora BYRNES
Also known as: Mona Johannsen
Died: 25/7/2010Special Achievements:
Won the first bursary which was made available to assist a child from the Territory to undertake secondary schooling in Adelaide.
1963 - Official Photographer of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visit.
First Alice Springs female photographer.
She and her husband were the first managers of the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve and started a small zoo there.
1981 - Awarded the medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the general Division of the Australia Day Honours.
Her art is in private collections in Australia, USA, UK, and Germany.
Member of pioneer JOHANNSEN Family
1961 - After fire destroyed her photographic studio -- and almost everything --- she turned to painting.
1983 - shared a drink with Her Majesty.
"Most of my childhood memories are to do with the sand, the heat and the dying cattle."
Foundation member of the Consumer Affairs Council serving as Deputy Chairperson and Chairperson.
Foundation member and art adviser to Alice Springs Art Foundation, Inc.