Alister Henskens portrait
Alister Henskens portrait

Grace Cossington Smith Plaque Officially Unveiled

Alister Henskens and Anne Mills

The Grace Cossington Smith NSW Blue Plaque has officially been unveiled at a ceremony on Friday morning. 

State Member for Wahroonga Alister Henskens was joined by Grace Cossington Smith’s niece Anne Mills as well as Abbotsleigh’s Principal, teachers, former students and Heritage NSW. 

Grace Cossington Smith is Australia’s greatest female artist and is known for her iconic Sydney cityscapes. Her art was inspired by the European post-Impressionist movement with an aim ‘to express form in colour – colour within colour, vibrant with light.’

The 25th NSW Blue Plaque has been established outside Grace Cossington Smith’s former home in Turramurra. It gives people a place where they can go to recognise her invaluable contribution to the area and the creative industry.

Alister Henskens SC MP said, “It is wonderful that Grace Cossington Smith’s legacy is displayed not only through her beautiful art but also with a plaque where she lived and brought her creations to life. Younger generations will grow up knowing the impact she had on the world of art and creativity not only in our area but across New South Wales.”

Blue Plaques NSW was an initiative of the former NSW Liberal Government to recognise and share unique stories of the people and events that have contributed to shaping NSW. Thirty-five plaques have been announced since the program began in 2021. 

The Grace Cossington Smith plaque can be seen at Ku-ring-gai Avenue, Turramurra. For more information about Grace Cossington Smith and other Blue Plaques across the state, visit