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Australian of the Year

Inspiring a Nation

Daily from Friday 22 January 2010 until Monday 26 April 2010

The Australian of the Year Awards have often provoked controversy about who is selected and whether their achievements are remarkable. The awards also generate debate about what it means to be Australian. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of these unique national awards a selection of portraits from the collection are on display throughout the gallery. In partnership with the National Australia Day Council.

Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill, 2005 Ian Jennings
Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill, 2005 Ian Jennings

The Australian of the Year Award was established in 1960 to acknowledge the achievements of Australians whose contribution to the nation’s culture, economy, sciences and arts is recognised as particularly outstanding.

Over the years the Award has expanded to include the categories of Young Australian of the Year (1979), Senior Australian of the Year (1999) and Local Hero (2003), recognising the individual achievements of up to 128 inspiring Australians every year.

A selection of portraits from the collection celebrates the 50th anniversary of these awards in partnership with the National Australia Day Council.

25 portraits

1Ian Frazer, 2007 Marian Drew. 2Dr Fiona Wood AM, 2005 Richard Woldendorp. 3Steve Waugh, 2001 Russell Shakespeare. 4Sir Gustav Nossal, 1979 (printed 1981) Mark Strizic. 5Mark Taylor, 1999 Bill Leak. 6Cathy Freeman, 2000 David Caird.
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