Portrait of Dermot O'Toole
This portrait of a much loved local hero is the work of Justine Wallace, in collaboration with Mornington Peninsula Shire and the O’Toole family.
Dermot O’Toole was tragically killed in 2013 at the family-run Jewellery store in Hastings in an attempted armed robbery. He was a loving family man (grandad, father and uncle), a former champion Irish dancer and ran the family Jewellery shop in Hastings with his wife Bridget for several years.
The mural depicts milestones in the life of Mr. O’Toole. It begins in Ireland and then shows the ship that brought Mr. O’Toole and his wife to Australia in 1971. There are lots of Celtic inspired patterns, Mr. O’Toole’s jewelry shop and a portrait of the man, wearing the star of courage medal, which was posthumously awarded to him for his courage in circumstances of great peril. Mr. O’Toole was especially fond of eagles too, hence the two wedge-tails soaring over the landscape.