b.1952 from Falkland Islands

wildlife artist, was born in 1952 to Charles MADDOCKS (1924-2012) and Iris May Porter (1929 – 2012). Charles and Iris were married in September 1950 in Stanley.

Charles Maddocks was born in Liverpool and served in the Royal Navy as a wireless telegraphist. He was posted in 1944 to the Falklands and served at the wireless station at Moody Brook. He returned to the UK in 1947. He was offered a post with the Falkland Islands Government as a radio operator, and he returned to the Falklands in April 1949.


Una Hurst at Fox Bay with Patagonian...

In 1951 he was posted to the government radio station at King Edward Point on South Georgia. In 1956 he was posted to Fox Bay East to operate the radio station and postal service. He remained at Fox By until his retirement in 1980, when he retired to UK in 1980.

There were three children of the marriage; Carole (b.1951 in Liverpool); Una (b. 1952 in the Falklands) and Robert (Robbie) Charles Maddocks (b. 1955 in the Falklands).

The family moved to Fox Bay in 1955 living in the small government station where their father operated the radio station and postal services.

All three children were educated at Fox Bay East government school by occasional teachers based there for a while, and also by travelling teachers and by their parents.  Una herself taught at the school for a few years in the late 1970’s. 


Una's painting of a horse

Painting was always important to Una. Art materials were very hard to come by at Fox Bay. She mostly used waste government telegram paper and hardboard with ‘oil paint’ supplied by the Doctor’s guide and caretaker Chris Perry in the form of thick white lead residue paint from the bottom of old paint tins.

In later years, as she showed promise, she was encouraged by the wildlife artist Ian STRANGE, who gave her good art materials and who provided her father with a list of materials to source. On family visits to the UK art materials were bought.


Gentoo penguin painting

Una married the shepherd David Hurst and they had two children Christopher and Angela. The family moved to the UK in 1980. Today they have a sheep farm in Orkney where Una Hurst has a purpose-built studio.

Hurst continues to paint - completing a number of commissions every year and she paints most days apart from when farm work intervenes.

She has designed and painted the artwork for almost fifty postage stamps for the Falklands and for South Georgia.


Stephen Palmer with Una Hurst

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November 2023 Biography first added to Dictionary