Sydney-based goldsmith Henning Molgaard passed away unexpectedly in August.
Born in Denmark in 1945, Henning immigrated to Australia in 1969 where he quickly found work as a goldsmith for George Jensen in Sydney.
A couple of years later he opened his own business, Henning Molgaard Goldsmith, which gradually grew to become a well-known and respected destination for jewellery buyers from throughout NSW.
Henning’s daughter Natalya Hansson said her father “worked hard to build a successful business that supported his family for many years”.
“Dad always said he wanted to work until the day he died… and he did.”
She said Henning’s career highlights included making “a rose out of gold for the opening of the Sydney Opera House” in 1973 and creating the main prize in the Canberra Black Opal Stakes in 1990.
Henning Molgaard at work in 1973
Natalya stressed however that she would mostly remember Henning for “his kindness”.
“Henning was a beloved father to Henrik, Andre, Julie and me,” she said.
“He was very proud of his children – he always wanted the best for us all.”
Henning was also a grandfather to Annalise (11) , Dion (eight), Cartia (six) and Lily (seven months old).