Seth Jameson and his sister, Virginya McCosker, with the plaque prepared for the painting done by their father, Nelson McCosker. Palace Hotel bar manager Jade Hickey is also pictured.
Seth Jameson and his sister, Virginya McCosker, with the plaque prepared for the painting done by their father, Nelson McCosker. Palace Hotel bar manager Jade Hickey is also pictured. Erin Smith

Plaque pays tribute to artist and work

IT WAS painted as a favour for a mate in the eighties and has long been admired by Palace Hotel patrons.

Now whoever casts their eyes over it will know Nelson McCosker's hand and inspiration were behind the impressive seascape.

Mr McCosker died a year ago yesterday and to ensure his memory lives on his children, Seth Jameson and Virginya McCosker, have placed a plaque next to the painting.

Mr Jameson, from Zooma Signs, said the painting held many fond memories.

"Dad worked at a sign company for 46 years, out of the same shed we now operate out of," he said.

"As a kid I always remember watching him paint."

Mr Jameson said this painting was inspired by a calendar.

"The painting is of some ships from the First Fleet that he found in a calendar," he said.

"His mate, Paul McLaughlin, who owned the Palace Hotel, commissioned him to paint one for him.

"He never signed it because he was just painting it for a friend."

Mr Jameson said the circumstances leading to the plaque were "a big coincidence".

"It was rodeo Saturday and we had come (to the Palace Hotel) for dinner, but the restaurant was closed," he said.

"We went to the bottle-o and we met the daughter of the new owner.

"I told her we'd come to look at the painting that my father had painted.

"She said they had been trying to find the artist for a while."

Ms McCosker, who travelled from Brisbane for the day, said it was nice to see the plaque with the painting.

"I think he would be really proud of the effort Seth has gone to with the plaque," she said.



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