Entrepreneur, gallery owner and author
Without Kym Bonython, South Australians may never have heard the living sounds of Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Chuck Berry, Count Basie or Duke Ellington.
An entrepreneur, Bonython was a veritable father to modern jazz... his influence extending to decades with jazz shows on radio. But he was also a godfather to the visual arts running, for some 22 years, a gallery which became famous for giving first exhibitions to artists who were to go on to become major names on the Australian arts landscape.
The Bonython Gallery, then Bonython Meadmore, stretched its swings to Sydney – but Bonython’s arts influence was to become international and he authored several books on Australian art.