Feb 03, 2022

Warrigal founder’s 102nd birthday marked with portrait by Archibald Prize-winning artist

Norm Archibald portrait
Supplied: Warrigal.

Rowland turned 102 on 25 January 2022, and during an afternoon tea celebration held at his home, he was presented for the first time with the portrait painted by the 2021 Archibald Prize winner.

Family and Warrigal representatives, including CEO Mark Sewell and Chair Wyn Janssen, were in attendance.

The artwork is a tribute to Rowland’s contribution to aged care provider Warrigal.

Peter Wegner is a Melbourne-based painter, sculptor and draughtsman. His recent portraits are aimed at capturing the stories of his subjects’ lives. His work has appeared in public collections across the country, including the National Portrait Gallery, Art Gallery of NSW and National Library of Australia.

In 1967, Rowland was President of the Shellharbour Lions Club. 

Recognising that there were not enough services for older people between Mount Kiera in Wollongong and the Victorian border, Rowland rallied the local community.

Today, Warrigal provides 27 aged care services to more than 3,000 older Australians in 14 locations in NSW and the ACT.

Rowland has continued his involvement with the provider, formerly as Chair of the Board, and today he remains a Company Member. 

He was awarded an OAM for his services to the community and the aged care sector.

Supplied: Warrigal.

The portrait was commissioned to ensure that future generations remember Rowland’s formative contribution to Warrigal and aged care services in the Illawarra region. 

Warrigal CEO Mark Sewell said, “We are excited to be able to celebrate Norm’s birthday and recognise his 55-year commitment to Warrigal. 

Warrigal will hold a larger celebration in April, allowing time for the COVID-19 situation to improve. Community dignitaries will be invited, and the painting will be officially unveiled.

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