I have received correspondence from the extremely helpful Rita Hull at the Bendigo Family History Group’ who has pointed out that Bert’s depiction of ‘a leading Bendigo brewer’ is not a Cohn, as I thought, but rather Freddie Hunter of the Kent Brewery.
Click on the link above to read some brief history of the brewery.
Now, another terrific pick up from Rita is my error in stating the character in the centre of the montage is the Prince of Wales, ‘Dirty Bertie’… I also thought it was a photo but it could also be another sketch by Bert Levy.
I should have looked more closely and seen the title under the centre character which I think says ‘The Veteran Bandmaster’. Rita informs that the character is none other than James Northcott of the famous Northcott Band.
Rita is still assisting to identify the ‘alluring J.B’ character that Bert drew.