Claude John Batelier was born in 1887 at Daylesford Victoria and died in 1971 at Seaton Lodge, Albany, Western Australia. His parents were George Louis Batelier, born Daylesford l857, and mother Bedella Smith. As the State of Victoria was going through the Depression, the Batelier family travelled to Albany by sea in 1897 and lived in various locations in the town. The father was a talented painter and the two sons also possessed considerable artistic talents.
At the time of Claude’s death he left instructions with Mr Edgar Green (owner of the Rainbow Café) that his art collection be donated to the Albany Historical Society, thus giving the Society a maritime art collection of truly national significance.