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Vale Mark Brabham

01 May 2016

Ausglass, AGDA and GLAAS Inc member Mark Brabham died 7th April, having sustained a serious injury to the head and remained in an induced coma since 9th March. Mark was a respected and loved member of both the glass and ceramics arts communities as well as highly regarded and active member of his local community of Richmond, Victoria. He was the founding Director of Albert Street Gallery and the long-established firm Australian Combustion Services. ..

On Saturday 30th April I attended the Memorial Service held at the Albert Street Gallery premises to commemorate Mark's life, along with over 150 guests. Donna Kennedy of GLAAS Inc delivered the eulogy, and then introduced Mark's lifelong friend and colleague Nick Wirdnam.

Mark Brabham was very involved in his local community and particularly supportive of the Richmond Primary School. Tracey Hammil, Principal of the School and one of 3x speakers at the service, spoke glowingly of Mark's commitment to his children's education and development and his unstinting support of the School. These attributes were echoed by another speaker, Malcolm Munro, who had some years ago furnished a report on the potential for Australian Combustion Services to expand Internationally, only to then convey Mark's desire to "spend time with my kids" and his decision to actually down-size the firm's operations.

After a moving service, the many guests broke off into several groups; those from Richmond Primary School gathered together for their own commemoration while many of the glass artists attending gathered in a room at the local library provided gratis by Richmond City Council. Later still I joined Stan Hawksworth, Liz Coleman and Dr Bronwyn and David Hughes for a light meal in Church Street before flying back to Sydney that night.

Mark BrabhamMark Brabham

Mark & guests @ GLAAS Inc exhibitionMark & guests @ GLAAS Inc exhibition

The Gallery sandwich board The Gallery sandwich board

A crowd of 150+ gathers for the serviceA crowd of 150+ gathers for the service

Norm Beilby, Donna KennedyNorm Beilby, Donna Kennedy

Lisa Wharington, Eileen GordonLisa Wharington, Eileen Gordon

Bronwyn Hughes, Graham StoneBronwyn Hughes, Graham Stone

Don WrefordDon Wreford

Jennifer HayJennifer Hay

Brian Hirst, Richard MorrellBrian Hirst, Richard Morrell

Donna Kennedy, Liz Coleman, Elaine Pounder-SmithDonna Kennedy, Liz Coleman, Elaine Pounder-Smith

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