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Austen Deans
Alister Austen Deans, OBE
Read moreWhat if you could make a career out of your number one passion in life? What would you be doing right now? What would you be doing in 10, 20 or 50 years? Austen Deans followed not one but two passions, combining them into a career that has spanned more than 60 years. The first of these, is his passion for the great outdoors of New Zealand. His love of our mountains, scenery, flora and fauna has provided him with a lifetime's inspiration for his second passion, that of his art.

He was born at Riccarton House, Christchurch, December 2nd 1915
to Alexander and Nora (nee Knight) and raised on "Morven" at the Sheffield end of the Deans's original "Homebush" run. Two years later his father Alexander was killed at Passchendaele, France.

Educated at Medbury School and Christ's College, Austen showed artistic ability from an early age and at Canterbury College he soon gave up his studies for a BA in favour of Fine Arts. He chose to major in painting in preference to sculpture as it allowed him to work outdoors instead of being tied to a studio.



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