Anna Sarah Rachel Collard

Anna Sarah Rachel Collard (nee Wauch)


Born 3rd December 1828, the eldest of four children of Captain Andrew Wauch of the 48th Regiment of foot and Mary Makin nee Gillot, Scottish Settlers who came to NSW aboard the North Briton, on the 15th March 1836.

The family settled at Wauchope near Port Macquarie, now the name of the district.

A.S.R. Wauch signed a crude pencil view of their house and garden in 1854 (Housed in the Hasting District Historical Society) The following year on the 6th February 1855 she married Spencer Collard, A settler from the New England area, in St Peter’s Armadale.

Later, presumably after her husband’s death, (1878)  she moved to Carcoar.

A collection of lively watercolour scenes located by their present owner as ‘Near Port Macquarie’ (p.c: five photographic reproductions are in the ML) were attributed in 1971 to Mrs Collett, the daughter of Major Waugh after whom Wauchope was named. The subjects include a dismounted trooper fighting a tribal Aborigine, three mounted bushmen mustering Horses and two troopers and their aboriginal guide travelling through the mountains. A watercolour by the same artist showing three horses, a dismounted rider and his aboriginal guide at the edge of a river was offered at Sothebys Australia in 1984 from the Cowlishaw Collection. All are lively and competent pictures, a great advance on the crude homestead view of 1854, although reputedly also made in the 1850’s. That Anna Sarah Rachel did improve artistically after her marriage is obvious from the fact that Mrs Collard of Carcoar won second prize in an art competition sponsored by the stationers Gibbs, Shallard & Co. and the illustrated Sydney News and exhibited at the Art Gallery Of NSW.

Biography from The Dictionary of Australian Artists to 1870 edited by Joan Kerr