When World War I occurred, it changed forever the life of Emlyn Britton (Ernie) Dickson.  At the time he was a 5th year scenic artist apprentice to C Ritchie, Sydney, employed painting the interior of the Capital, State and Tivoli Theatres. Ernie fought at Gallipoli and France, where he recorded all around him in sketch books, now held in the collection of the Australian War Museum.

Ernie returned home suffering both physical and emotional trauma.  Combating his demons with alcohol, he found it difficult to hold down a job.  He was befriended and supported by the people of Lake Macquarie and Newcastle.  Sadly only a few of Ernie’s artworks have been saved.  We hope this video of Ernie’s story will lead to some of his works being conserved and preserved for future generations.

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