Memorial Bench Installed in Recognition of Greenwich Local Artist Hans Hallen

Hans Hallen was a well-known local Greenwich Artist.  He moved to Greenwich from South Africa in 1987. He could regularly be seen painting at Mann’s Point Greenwich.  In February 2022, Hans passed away – he was 91.  He continued to paint right up to the last months of his life.  A memorial bench has now been installed at Mann’s Point (see our cover photo).



Hans was born in South Africa to Norwegian parents. After studying at the University of Natal and then the Architectural Association in London, Hans had a thriving architectural practice in South Africa. He was a council member of the International Union of Architects.

He migrated to Australia in 1987 and, after retiring from architectural practice, took up his great love of painting as a new career.

Irises – oil on canvas

A few years ago, we asked Hans about his painting.

When did you first start painting?

As a child, but more seriously, when I retired.

Why did you decide to move to Australia?

We like Australia, and Australians.

Why do you like living in Lane Cove/Greenwich?

Easy access to amenities we look for in Sydney…church, theatre, Opera, and the harbour.

What is your favourite thing to do in Lane Cove/Greenwich?

Painting at Mann’s Point

What are your favourite things/subject to paint?

The landscape around me, especially Sydney Harbour.

Where can people see your art displayed?


What is your favourite medium?

Watercolours and acrylic on canvas.

What inspires you the most?

The rich views from Greenwich.

Lane cove river
Lane Cove River from Greenwich – oil on canvas
Hans’ widow June told ITC that his rich baritone voice was missed at St Aidens at Christmas Time.