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Who's Jo?

Find out about the curator of Jo's Mo Show.

Jo Gilmour completed a Masters at the University of Sydney in 1997, specialising in Australian women’s history and writing. She worked at the S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney before joining the exhibitions unit of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, contributing to major exhibition projects at the Museum of Sydney, the Justice & Police Museum and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Since 2008, Jo’s been the Assistant Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, where she’s become known as a bit of a boffin where the subject of colonial Australia is concerned. Explorers, bushrangers, harlots, mutineers and cannibal convicts are among the topics she’s explored in floortalks and in her writing for Portrait magazine. Her fascination with the Burke and Wills story led to an interest in the prevalence of bushy beards in portraits of chaps from the 1850s and 1860s. Jo’s Mo Show (with beards) is the result.

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Jo's mo show

(with beards)

Previous exhibition, 2011

This exhibition illustrates changes in beards, moustaches and sideburns from the 1780s to the 1980s.

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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.

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