Alan Stretton (b. 1922) enlisted in the Australian Army in 1940 as a private and retired as a Major-General in 1978 being one of the few Australian generals to rise from the ranks. His appointments include Commanding Officer Australian Battalion Malaya (1961-63); Chief of Staff, Australian Force, Vietnam (1969-70); and Member of the Australian National Intelligence Committee (1972-74). As Director-General of the Natural Disasters Organisation, he became known nationally for his role as Commander, Darwin Relief Operation, following the devastation of Cyclone Tracy in December 1974. Following this, in 1975, Stretton was named Australian of the Year as well as Father of the Year.
Gwen Pratt FRAS initially studied under J.S. Watkins; then Henry Gibbons; at the Julian Ashton School, and with Joshua Smith from 1958.
Gift of the Stretton family 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number: 1999.32
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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.