Dictionary of Sydney

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Lynch, Francis (Guy)

Guy Lynch, known in Sydney as Frank Lynch, was a sculptor commissioned to do busts of several prominent Australians in the early to mid 20th century. His works include The Satyr, modelled on his brother Joe, that sits in the Botanic Gardens, and the depiction of Aboriginal people on one of the bronze panels on the doors of the Mitchell Library as well as the Pozieres diorama in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. The brothers were born in Melbourne in the 1890s into a large Irish family that moved to New Zealand in the early 1900s. Both brothers enlisted with the New Zealand army in World War I and worked as artists on their discharge. Lynch's World War I memorial statue in Devonport, New Zealand, colloquially known as 'the untidy soldier', was also modelled on Joe. The brothers moved back to Australia in the 1920s, followed by their parents, and lived in a house purchased by Guy in Gladesville.

North Carlton, Victoria
Arrived Sydney
Departed Sydney
30 Apr 1929
Arrived Sydney
14 Nov 1938
13 May 1967
Lynch, Frank
Lynch, Guy
Child of

The Life and Death of Joe Lynch

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Had it not been for Kenneth Slessor's poem 'Five Bells', the death of Joe Lynch might have been just another drowning in Port Jackson, not the first, and regrettably not the last. Slessor's poem inspired John Olsen's 1963 painting, Five Bells, on permanent display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and his 1973 mural, Salute to Five Bells, installed in the northern foyer of the main concert hall at the Sydney Opera House. In the Royal Botanic Gardens near the Opera House gate, Guy Lynch's Satyr, modelled on Joe, looks out to sea to where his brother drowned and where the Manly Ferry passes on its daily route.