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Posted 3 years ago


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I bought this framed watercolour at Vinnies a year ago. In fact I bought eight of them at the same time. I like Australiana and these were impressive enough renderings of the subjects.

I had never heard of M.Davidson and at first could find little about him/her. I went searching at the main library in Sydney and found a book with illustrations with the same signature: Australian Weeds by Gai Stern.

I discovered that M.Davidson was in fact two people: Marion & Margaret Davidson. They were nicknamed Peggy and Mary. They were twins!

This one is of a sugar glider possum and pear fruited mallee (Eucalyptus, pyriformis).

Wikipedia notes: "The sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps) is a small gliding possum originating from the marsupial family. The sugar glider is native to eastern and northern mainland Australia (as well as being introduced to Tasmania, Australia) and is also native to New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago."

Marion & Margaret Davidson did illustrations for many books, brochures and catalogues:
Breed standards / R.A.S. Kennel Control
Barking: The Sound of a Language Author: Harold R Spira
Canine Terminology Author: Harold R Spira
The World Encyclopedia of Dogs by Piero Scanziani, Catherine G. Sutton
The World Encyclopedia of Dogs Ferelith Hamilton (Editor), Arthur F. Jones (Editor)
Australian Weeds by Gai Stern

They were also avid photographers. Their special interest was on the boats going in and out of Sydney Harbour in the 1950's.

"The Davidson Collection carries the name of Alister Thomas Davidson ( 1889-1966), a long-term and senior officer of the famous Burns Philp Company.
Davidson's twin daughters Marion and Margaret took the actual photographs around Port Moresby, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and at sea over a period of about 10-11 years, mainly during the 1950s.
The sisters took most of their photographs from Manly ferries, from the foreshore and from an 8m launch that they jointly owned."


  1. wolcott1, 3 years ago
    He is so sweet Vet!
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks wolcott1. Tiny and it can glide some distance from tree to tree!
  3. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 3 years ago
    Thank-You Vetriao! I certainly enjoy all of your wonderful postings!
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks BeauxPurdy!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks kerry10456, ozmarty & BELLIN68!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks bratjdd!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks mustangtony!
  8. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 2 years ago
    Very nice water colors vet !!!!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks HedgeW!
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks mustangtony!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks ho2cultcha!
  12. petey petey, 1 year ago
    Love these watercolours!!!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks petey! They are some of my favourite things!
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 months ago
    Many thanks MANIKIN and ALDO78 too!
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 months ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!

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