Biography of Kerry Richard Wright:
Kerry Richard Wright was born on 10 November 1949 at Fairlight on Sydney's Northern Beaches in Australia.
His father, Raymond Harry Wright, was born on 24 November 1907 at the Royal Hospital for Women at Paddington in Sydney and died on 26 May 1977 at 14 Pacific Parade, Dee Why, Sydney (his residence).
His mother, Emily Flora Wright nee Glover, was born on 16 July 1911 at Royal North Shore Hospital at St Leonards in Sydney and died on 19 November 1991 at Delmar Private Hospital at Dee Why in Sydney.
Kerry is the youngest of his parent's four sons. His siblings are Raymond Colin John Wright (1932-2017), Robert Harry Wright (1937-1982) and Alan George Wright (b.1940).
He was raised on Sydney's Northern Beaches, where he lived for the first 43 years of his life, with a couple of diversions along the way. He relocated to Annandale in Sydney's Inner-West in 1993, where he lived for 23 years. In 2015 he retired to the seaside village of Nambucca Heads on the up-state Pacific east coast of New South Wales.
In early life, he entered the cloister of the Carmelite Monastery at Winston Hills. After leaving the monastery, he found employment in banking. Thereafter, he was employed for 30 years by the New South Wales Department of Health at Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, where he worked closely with the legendary Professor Kathleen Evelyn (Kathy) Baker for much of that time.
Kerry's maternal, male line can be traced back to his Great-Grandfather and Great-Great-Grandfather, Henry Heath Glover Snr and Henry Heath Glover Jnr, who were artists and lithographers from London. They migrated to Adelaide, South Australia, in 1849. They are represented in various collections throughout Australia, including the State Library of South Australia, the National Library of Australia in Canberra, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the State (Mitchell) Library of New South Wales, and the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.
Kerry's maternal, female line can be traced back to his Great-Great-Grandfather, David Senior, a Yorkshire lad from Dewsbury in England, who was arrested for stealing food to feed his family. He was transported to Australia on the convict ship "Theresa" in 1839. David Senior's wife, Ann Kelly, Kerry's Great-Great-Grandmother, was the sister of John "Red" Kelly. The eldest son of John "Red" Kelly and wife, Ellen Quinn, was the notorious Australian bushranger (outlaw) Edward "Ned" Kelly, hanged at Old Melbourne Gaol on 11 November 1880. Kerry's cousin.
At this point of time, Kerry's father's genealogy remains a mystery. He has had little success in tracing any substantive particulars about his paternal ancestors.
Kerry followed in the footsteps of his maternal ancestors, painting and drawing throughout his life.
His preferred artistic medium is oil on canvas, portraiture being his primary passion. Abstraction is another significant interest. He produced an extensive portfolio of satirical cartoons. Whilst at Royal North Shore Hospital, he calligraphically inscribed the names of graduands onto professional certificates in various disciplines within the nursing profession.
He entered paintings in the Archibald Prize and Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, without success, and contributed paintings to the Out Art exhibition as part of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival each year throughout the 1990s - with success!
Kerry is a Governor of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation.
Author: Kerry Wright
Updated: 27 Jan 2020