The Story Behind This Mural
On the 12th December, 1915, Maryborough born Army Chaplain, the Reverend Philip Thomas Byard Clayton, affectionately known as “Tubby”, opened the doors of Talbot House in Poperinge in Belgium. It was a place of rest and recreation, a home away from home for allied troops serving on the Western Front. The special ethos of Talbot House was built around Friendship, Service, Fairmindedness and The Kingdom of God [The Four Points of the Compass] and these became the foundation stones of the Toc H Movement founded by Tubby Clayton after the war ended. It is still active in many parts of the world today, welcoming everyone and breaking down the barriers that so often keep people apart and challenging them to do something about the problems that confront people in the 21st century. Toc H today is all about caring for people. Toc H was the army signaller’s code word for Talbot House.
Tubby Clayton returned to England with his parents when he was two years old. He went to school in London before going on to Oxford University. For his care and compassion for those serving on the Western Front he was awarded the Military Cross.
About the Artist
Akos Juhasz is a professional artist specialised in painting, sculpting, illustration and ceramic design. He has more than 20 years experience in painting and is expert at portraits and mural painting. Akos also tutors in life drawing, artistic anatomy, sculpting courses and more. He also hosts creative art workshops for children of any age. You can see more of Akos’s work at:
https://www.akosartist.com and https://www.facebook.com/akosattilajuhasz/
Contributors to this Mural
The Maryborough Mural Project relies entirely on the generosity of volunteers and sponsors from our local community. The artist’s commission was generously sponsored by Mayor Chris Loft’s Discretionary Funds. The Committee acknowledges the support of Mr Ray Giese, Director, Toc H Australia Northern Region and would like to thank Mr Ashley Bower, Mrs Jan Carlson, Mrs Tracey Christoffel, Mr Mal Finlayson, Ms Tracey Gray, Mrs Dawn Vanderwolf, and Mr Rai Whitten for their time and expertise in coordinating this mural. The Committee also thanks the following businesses for their kind and generous sponsorship of this mural: