Amalie Feild

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Amalie Sarah Feild was born in Murtoa on 20 March 1894, and died 16 June 1974. One of ten children born to Alfred Feild and Louisa Degenhardt, the family moved to Ballarat around 1904. She was the sister of Mrs McIlvena of the Ballarat School of Mines, and married Archibald Colquhoun in 1931.

On the occasion of the Ballarat School of Mines centenary Amalie Colquhoun exhibited at a past students' Art Exhibition at the new Mt Helen Campus.[1]

She died on 16 June 1974.[2]


Amalie Feild studied at the Ballarat Techncial Art School, and was appointed Instructor in Stained Glass and Pottery.[3]

More than 100 old students, teachers and others associated with the Ballarat Technical Art School assembled at a gathering at the Alexandria on Saturday night in honor of Mr. H. H. Smith, who has retired from the school after 35 years as principal. Mr. D. Johnston, acting principal, and a former student, handed over a portrait in oils of Mr. Smith painted by Mrs. Amalie Colquhoun, of Melbourne, another former student, who was also among the visitors. The portrait will be hung in the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.[4]



The council was informed that Miss Amalie Field, a senior student of the Technical Art School, who was sent last year to Sydney by the Education Department to study stained-glass painting and pottery, had returned, and had been appointed to take up her duties on the staff of the school. [5]
An interesting collection of pottery, china painting, and lustre work of choice and varied design, including vases, bowls, ash trays, etc., the work of Miss Amalie Feild, of the Ballarat Art School (formerly of Murtoa), now on view at Mr. H. Peake's has attracted much attention. Miss Feild, it may be remembered, was selected by the Victorian Education Department to proceed to Sydney last year to undergo a special course of study in pottery and stained-glass work, with a view to the early establishment of a pottery class at the Art; School, and the progress made by this young lady should be an important factor in the success of the undertaking, which it is expected: will be an established fact early in the New Year.[6]

Community Involvement

Works Produced

Amalie Feild designed stained glass windows for Mount Pleasant Methodist Church (1924), St Andrew's Kirk, Ballarat (installed in 1921), and a War Memorial Window in the Lydiard Street Methodist Church.

Workplace Relations

The People


A new and handsome High School has been built at Ballarat in place of that burnt down last July. The building contains 16 class rooms, and the large assembly hail is the finest of its kind in Australia. The pannelling of Australian hardwoods is beautiful, and the stained glass windows designed by Miss Amelia Feild (formerly of Murtoa) show that Ballarat possesses an artist of high rank. (Major Hill in his report.) So much is thought of Miss Feild's capabilities that the young lady has now been selected by Mr. Tate, Director of Education, to proceed to Sydney to study the art of pottery painting. It appears that this accomplishment has not been taught in Victorian State schools and the intention of the Education Department is to hereafter utilise Miss Feild's services in instructing teachers to impart it to pupils.[7]

Amalie Feild was the first recipient of a scholarship to study stained glass and pottery design at the Sydney Technical School. Upon returning to Ballarat she established a pottery school, and designed stained glass windows for churches in Ballarat. [8]

... Miss Field is one of Victoria's promising artists. Recognising her ability, the Victorian Education Department some years ago sent her to Sydney to study stained glass and pottery designing. Since her return she has been instructing classes in these subjects. ...[9]

See also

Sometimes the surname is incorrectly spelt - Amalie Field.

Ballarat Technical Art School

Stained Glass

Further Notes


  1. Past Students' Art Exhibition Mt. Helen Campus, 1970. (Cat. No.22665)
  2. Perry, Warren, The School of Mines and Industries, Ballarat, Ballarat School of Mines, Ballarat, 1984.
  3. Perry, Warren, The School of Mines and Industries, Ballarat, Ballarat School of Mines, Ballarat, 1984.
  4. The Age, 08 April 1940.
  5. The Evening Echo. 28 January 1918.
  6. Dunmukle Standard, 25 October 1918.
  7. Dunmunckle Standard, 23 February 1917.
  8. Watkins, Sophie, The Colquhouns: Their Life and Work, Bachelor of Arts Honours Thesis, University of Melbourne, 1993.
  9. Geelong advertiser, 09 January 1926.

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--C.K.Gervasoni 12:58, 10 July 2013 (EST); --Clare K.Gervasoni 20:16, 2 December 2017 (AEDT)

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