Rosie Batty: Victorian of the Year

Such a wide prompt allows me to share a visit from a most remarkable lady. Yesterday afternoon Rosie Batty came to visit. She has generously allowed Christopher to paint her, hopefully to be accepted for the Archibald Prize for portraiture. This prize has always been designed to paint significant members of the Australian public and has a reputation for excellence.

Many Australians will have heard of Rosie, as she has received wide coverage in the press; first of all for her bravery when her son was killed by his father at cricket practice, she spoke to the press next day, calmly and non-judgmentally. Blame, she feels is not helping anyone. Secondly for her setting up the Luke Batty Foundation, in combatting domestic violence. Rosie has been deservedly awarded Victorian of the Year.

Such an intelligent, positive person, Rosie is outspoken on the necessary changes to prevent abuse in relationships. Her own negative experience has changed her life with a finality that could have broken many, but Rosie has chosen to turn her life around to work for others and has created a whole new life for herself as a consequence.

Losing her only child, Rosie willing talks of Luke and things she has discovered after his death. For instance, she didn’t know his favourite colour was yellow, until after his death.  I was able to share with her that Luke had inspired me to write a children’s story about him. I shall keep that for another day. Rosie has her four dogs, most rescue dogs, for companionship, along with her two donkeys and four chooks. We feel privileged to have met this wonderful, warm person, living nearby. The flowers in yesterday’s post were for Rosie.

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12 thoughts on “Rosie Batty: Victorian of the Year

    1. bkpyett Post author

      Rosie is remarkable, and her strength to help others is boundless! I’m glad you looked it up, as I didn’t want to go into the details of this horrendous episode.

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  1. helen meikle's scribblefest

    I hope Christopher’s portrait is accepted for the Archibald, not just for his sake, but for hers. She is unique.
    On a tangent – my daughter’s closest friend won the Portia Geach award this year. Sort of mind-boggling when it happens to someone you’ve known since she was 12!

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Helen, thanks for your good wishes. Sophie Cape must be your daughter’s friend. What an amazing portrait she painted, very strong, well drawn and painterly. Beautiful portrait! It is a thrill when it happens to someone you know!

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  2. Silver in the Barn

    I had no idea of this terrible story and my heart is breaking for her. I googled the name to learn what happened and the first image was of her at her son’s funeral wearing a yellow jacket. Oh, how awful the things life deals out to some. I look forward to perhaps seeing the portrait when Christopher is finished.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Rosie is quite happy to share, she is delighted in fact, so shall put the portrait up when it is completed.I’m glad you googled her, as the story is too horrific for me to write about. ❤

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  3. M-R

    I LOVE this, Ba ! – I am SO HAPPY that Christopher can paint the person he wants, and that the person he wants to paint is Rosie. She is completely admirable, as you say. I believe their working relationship will be very fruitful – how could it be otherwise ? I’m very, very pleased for you both, you loving pair …

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  4. Master of Something Yet

    I can’t even imagine going through what Rosie has and the way she has handled it and used it to try and improve other people’s lives is nothing short of amazing. How she gets up and tells the same story over and over, I’ll never understand. But she is a deserving winner of Victorian of the Year. And I’m very happy to hear that those gorgeous flowers were for her. 🙂

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