Sketching for the Carwoola fire appeal

QUEANBEYAN CLOTH: Jean-Pierre Favre with the tea towel he drew sketches for. Photo: James Hall.

QUEANBEYAN CLOTH: Jean-Pierre Favre with the tea towel he drew sketches for. Photo: James Hall.

Retired architect Jean-Pierre Favre has drawn on his detailed sketching skills to do his bit to raise money for the victims of the recent Carwoola fire.

A resident of Bywong, Mr Favre has spent many years drawing the classic homes and buildings throughout the region and has assembled his best on a tea towel with the profits going towards the charity.

The Swiss sketcher has included Mill’s House, the Anglican Christ Church, the railway station, council chambers, and the suspension bridge over the river.

But Mr Favre said it was the classic cottage-style home which inspired him to draw.

A lasting and charming aspect to Queanbeyan that was often lacking in the modern buildings over the border in Canberra. 

"Queanbeyan has got fantastic, beautiful buildings, it is a very beautiful city.” Mr Favre said.

"You don't find too much of what it has in Canberra. It's got character and it's got age.”

Mr Favre, who arrived in Australia from Switzerland in 1963 with "three bucks in my pocket", said his favourite panel was the drawing of the Queanbeyan showground.

“I like the old showground sheds, they're old and rough,” he said.

The tea towels come presented in wrapping with the history of Queanbeyan written on it and the city's famous names, including Mark Webber and John Gale.

They are on sale at Beautiful Gifting on Monaro Street for $15.

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