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Heads of the People

A Portrait of Colonial Australia

Friday 30 June until Sunday 29 October 2000

For Tom Roberts - Australia's best nineteenth-century portrait painter - neither a proto-national portrait gallery nor more popular collections of portrait heads, were sufficient public celebrations for the notables of Australian history.

Bungaree, late chief of the Broken Bay tribe, Sydney, 1836 by William Fernyhough
Bungaree, late chief of the Broken Bay tribe, Sydney, 1836 by William Fernyhough

This exhibition examines the development of portraiture in colonial Australia that led to the emergence of a National Portrait Gallery.