• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE6241

von Bertouch, Anne Catherine

(1915 – 2003)
  • Born 29 June, 1915, Eastwood New South Wales Australia
  • Died 26 April, 2003, NewcastleNewcastle New South Wales Australia
  • Occupation Art dealer, Author, Environmentalist, Gallery Owner


Anne Catherine Whittle was born in Eastwood, New South Wales, to parents George and Jean (Duff). She attended Sydney Girls’ High School and Armidale Teachers College. In 1939 she married Roger Von Bertouch and, after moving to Tasmania, they both taught, and Anne also studied art at Hobart Technical College. The pair moved to Myall Lakes in 1951, followed by Newcastle, where Anne founded the Von Bertouch Galleries in 1963.

Anne was awarded honorary masters degrees by both Newcastle and New England universities. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 1979, Anne was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) ‘for service to the visual arts’ and in 2001 she was awarded the Centenary Medal ‘for service to the community’. The following year, Newcastle University awarded her an honorary doctorate of letters for service to both the arts and the community.

Anne Von Bertouch was also recognized in Newcastle as a Freeman of the City.

Archival resources

  • National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    • Papers of Anne von Bertouch, circa 1960-circa 1999 [manuscript]
  • National Library of Australia
    • [Biographical cuttings on Anne von Bertouch, author, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
  • Newcastle Region Library
    • Diary, correspondence and memorabilia [manuscript]

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