From the Archives, 1993: What Whiteley willed


Arkie’s former boyfriend, Mr Christopher Kuhn, stated the one traces had been remnants of the tape he and Brett used to secrete it.

The 1991 will allegedly left cash to his mom, Beryl, sister, Mrs Wendy Hopkirk; bequeathed work to his old fashioned, Scots Faculty, Bathurst, and to Miss Spencer; put aside funds for a scholarship for younger artists; and left the remainder of his property “in its entirety” to Arkie.

Janice Spencer leaves the court.

Janice Spencer leaves the court docket.Credit score: Peter Rae

The 1989 will, in contrast, stipulated that his studio at 2 Raper Road, Surry Hills, be arrange as a museum, and directed that the remainder of his property be divided into 20 shares. Twelve had been earmarked for Arkie, three for Mrs Hopkirk, three for Mrs Beryl Whiteley and two for Miss Spencer.

Arkie claimed yesterday that the museum was a “divorce system” which Whiteley set as much as cease his former spouse from getting his work. She stated it was the thought of his divorce solicitor, Miss Carol Foreman.

By Easter 1990, when he visited her in London, her father instructed her the museum wouldn’t go forward, Arkie stated.

Whiteley’s one-time accountant, Mr Anthony Clune, stated the artist instructed him in November 1991 that he had “modified his will once more”. When Mr Clune prompt at their assembly {that a} lawyer ought to take a look at the doc, Whiteley responded vigorously: “I hate solicitors. They’re at all times ripping you off.”

Set up as a museum ... Brett Whiteley in his studio.

Arrange as a museum … Brett Whiteley in his studio.Credit score: Gerritt Fokkema

Mrs Hopkirk stated there was competitors between Arkie and Janice. When she noticed him on her farm close to Orange two months earlier than his demise, “he was exhausted, he was lonely, he was besieged by the … relationships with the ladies in his life”.

Miss Spencer, who joined Whiteley on the farm to have fun his birthday, stated Brett instructed her then that Arkie and Wendy had been “very hostile” to her. “They actually hate you and I’ve to cope with that hostility.”

He allegedly promised her: “If something occurs to me, you may be taken care of.”

Miss Spencer stated she had a key to Whiteley’s Surry Hills studio, as Mr Kuhn did.

Justice Powell requested if she had ever seen an envelope caught underneath the drawer within the kitchen. No, she had not.

I take it you didn’t take the doc? – That’s appropriate. I didn’t.


Mrs Beryl Whiteley heard after her son died that there have been tales about one other will which Mr Kuhn was concerned with. However to her “it appeared just like the pair of them collectively on a drunken evening out”.

The listening to continues at this time.

Though it was by no means recovered, Justice Powell thought-about the 1991 handwritten will from 1991 because the one that almost all outlined his needs and, consequently, the massive winner was daughter Arkie who on Might 14, grew to become a multi-millionaire. The massive loser was Miss Spencer who obtained a single portray – a nude of her entitled Afternoon in Surry Hills. Arkie Whiteley died from adrenal most cancers in 2001. Janice Spencer died of a heroin overdose in 2000.

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