Wran, Thomas Vallance (-1895)

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Artist; Carver; Sculptor
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Thomas Vallance Wran carved the Royal Coat of Arms on the Chief Secretary's Building in 1876. He also carved the faces in the keystones of the General Post Office along the Pitt Street frontage in 1882, the Royal Coat of Arms in the same frontage, and the faces in the keystones along the Martin Place Colonnade in 1885.

Thomas Vallance Wran, stone mason and carver, emigrated from London with his family, first settling in Queensland before moving to Balmain, New South Wales. Wran sculpted the Royal Coat of Arms on the Chief Secretary’s Building, (originally known as the Colonial Secretary’s Building), at 121 Macquarie Street, Sydney in 1876. In 1882, he carved the faces in the keystones of the General Post Office along the Pitt Street frontage and the Royal Coat of Arms in the same facade, and the faces in the keystones along the eastern extension of the Martin Place colonnade in 1885. Wran is identified as the sculptor for the Royal Coat of Arms of the Chief Secretary’s Building by way of a signature carved into the rear of the carving: 'T V WRAN SCULPT. 1876’. His work on the Pitt Street facade of the General Post Office is referenced in an article from the Sydney Morning Herald ( SMH ), 22 September 1882: “A large Royal Coat of Arms has already been placed in position here, and Mr. Thomas V. Wran, who carved it, has just finished four large female heads representing Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, and bearing the fruits and flowers which are seen during those seasons.” Wran’s carving on the keystones of the Martin Place colonnade was judged favourably in a later article from the SMH , 17 March 1885: “... in regard to the sculptured heads which form the keystones of the colonnade, Mr. T. V. Wran, the chiseller, has aimed ...

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  • fl. 1876 - 1885

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  • (see also) Royal Coat of Arms, General Post Office, Pitt Street frontage, Sydney, NSW
  • (see also) Royal Coat of Arms, Chief Secretary's Building, Sydney, NSW

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  1. THE GENERAL POST OFFICE.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Friday 22 September 1882 p 9 Article
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    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Saturday 5 June 1880 p 8 Article
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  1. PROBATE JURISDICTION. In the will of Thomas Vallance Wran, late of Balmain, near Sydney, sculptor, deceased.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 23 October 1891 [Issue No.672] p 8350

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  1. Thomas Vallance Wran : the Annandale sculptures 1873-74 / Philip Drew
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