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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

The Mosh Pit

Peter Garrett, Midnight Oil, 1986 Bob King
Peter Garrett, Midnight Oil, 1986 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King
Cold Chisel, 1978 Bob King
Cold Chisel, 1978 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King
The Church, 1982 Bob King
The Church, 1982 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King
INXS, 1984 Bob King
INXS, 1984 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King
Mark Seymour, Hunters and Collectors, Phoenician Club, Sydney '92, 1992 Stuart Spence
Mark Seymour, Hunters and Collectors, Phoenician Club, Sydney '92, 1992 Stuart Spence. Courtesy of the artist. © Stuart Spence
Julie Mostyn, Flaming Hands, The Cronulla Workers' Club, Sydney, c. 1981 Stuart Spence
Julie Mostyn, Flaming Hands, The Cronulla Workers' Club, Sydney, c. 1981 Stuart Spence. Courtesy of the artist. © Stuart Spence
The Cockroaches, 1985 Bob King
The Cockroaches, 1985 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King
Skyhooks, Sydney Showground, 1976 Bob King
Skyhooks, Sydney Showground, 1976 Bob King. © Bob King
Peter Garrett, Midnight Oil, 1987 Bob King
Peter Garrett, Midnight Oil, 1987 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King
Men at Work, The Jam Factory, (Colbee Court) Phillip, ACT, 1981 'pling
Men at Work, The Jam Factory, (Colbee Court) Phillip, ACT, 1981 'pling. Courtesy of the estate of the artist. © Estate of 'pling
The Angels, Sydney Showgrounds, 1985 Tony Mott
The Angels, Sydney Showgrounds, 1985 Tony Mott. Courtesy of the artist. © Tony Mott
The Lighthouse Keepers, ANU Union, Canberra, 1983. Juliet Ward (vocals), Greg Appel (guitar), Steven Williams (drums) 'pling
The Lighthouse Keepers, ANU Union, Canberra, 1983. Juliet Ward (vocals), Greg Appel (guitar), Steven Williams (drums) 'pling. Courtesy of the estate of the artist. © Estate of 'pling
The Naturals, Captain Cook Hotel, Narrabundah, 1980.  Maryanne Filshie (vocals), Nick Bonham (bass) 'pling
The Naturals, Captain Cook Hotel, Narrabundah, 1980. Maryanne Filshie (vocals), Nick Bonham (bass) 'pling. Courtesy of the estate of the artist. © Estate of 'pling
Midnight Oil, 1977 Bob King
Midnight Oil, 1977 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King
The Angels performing,  Canberra Showgrounds, 29 November 1979 'pling
The Angels performing, Canberra Showgrounds, 29 November 1979 'pling. Courtesy of the estate of the artist. © Estate of 'pling
Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling
Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling. Courtesy of the estate of the artist. © Estate of 'pling

More from the mosh pit

1Jimmy Barnes at The Coogee Bay Hotel 1984 Grant Matthews. © Grant Matthews. 2Marc Hunter, Dragon. Sylvania Hotel, Sydney c. 1979 Stuart Spence. Courtesy of the artist. © Stuart Spence. 3Suze DeMarchi, Baby Animals, St George Leagues Club, 1991 Tony Mott. Courtesy of the artist. © Tony Mott. 4Ian Moss, Cold Chisel, Sylvania Hotel, Sydney, c. 1980 Stuart Spence. Courtesy of the artist. © Stuart Spence. 5Jimmy and the Boys, Captain Cook Uni Bar, 30 December 1979. (Ignatius Jones - vocals) 'pling. Courtesy of the estate of the artist. © Estate of 'pling. 6Men at Work, The Jam Factory, (Colbee Court) Phillip, ACT, 1981 'pling. Courtesy of the estate of the artist. © Estate of 'pling. 7Skyhooks, Sydney Harbour, 1975 Bob King. © Bob King. 8Doc Neeson and drummer Brent Eccles of The Angels performing live onstage 1981 Wendy McDougall. Courtesy of the artist. © Wendy McDougall. 9Bon Scott and Angus Young, AC/DC, 1976 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King. 10Midnight Oil, 1977 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King. 11Michael Hutchence, INXS, 1984 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King. 12Michael Hutchence, INXS, 1984 Bob King. Courtesy of the artist. © Bob King.

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Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling
Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling
Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling
Young Docteurs, Kingston Hotel, 6 March 1980 (Paul Hayward guitar and Chris Shakallis), 6.3.80 'pling

Canberra cool

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 25 Sep
12:30pm

Your backstage pass to sensational stories about Canberra’s Pub Rock scene with Chris Shakallis (Young Docteurs), Julia Ford (The Framed) and Fiona Edge (keeper of the ‘Pling archive)

Angus Young, AC/DC, LA, 1978 Rennie Ellis
Angus Young, AC/DC, LA, 1978 Rennie Ellis
Angus Young, AC/DC, LA, 1978 Rennie Ellis
Angus Young, AC/DC, LA, 1978 Rennie Ellis

Pub Rock Trivia

Thu 8 Oct
7:00pm

Join us for a bout of FREE pub trivia – all online and live-streamed of course! There’ll be an hour of music mayhem and prizes to be won.

The Lighthouse Keepers, ANU Union, Canberra, 1983. Juliet Ward (vocals), Greg Appel (guitar) 'pling
The Lighthouse Keepers, ANU Union, Canberra, 1983. Juliet Ward (vocals), Greg Appel (guitar) 'pling
The Lighthouse Keepers, ANU Union, Canberra, 1983. Juliet Ward (vocals), Greg Appel (guitar) 'pling
The Lighthouse Keepers, ANU Union, Canberra, 1983. Juliet Ward (vocals), Greg Appel (guitar) 'pling

Tales and time

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 9 Oct
12:30pm

It’s like an after party, but waaay after. Join Greg Appel (Lighthouse Keepers), Robina Gugler (co-writer of Head Full of Flames) and Fiona Edge (Keeper of the ‘Pling archive).

Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss, Cold Chisel 1980 Wendy McDougall
Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss, Cold Chisel 1980 Wendy McDougall
Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss, Cold Chisel 1980 Wendy McDougall
Jimmy Barnes and Ian Moss, Cold Chisel 1980 Wendy McDougall

Squished and sweaty

In conversation: virtual event

Fri 23 Oct
12:30pm

Grab your press pass and hold it tight as we dive camera-first into the mosh pit! Photographers Wendy McDougall and Stuart Spence have captured the likes of INXS, Cold Chisel, Paul Kelly, Tim Freedman and many more.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.