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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.

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Uncommon Australians

Towards an Australian Portrait Gallery

Previous exhibition
from Saturday 11 July until Sunday 9 August 1992
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Captain Charles Ulm, 1961 William Dargie. © Roger Dargie and Faye Dargie

The Uncommon Australians exhibition toured Australia throughout 1992, visiting the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Gallery of Australia, the Queensland Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Art Gallery of South Australia.

8 portraits

1 Sir Donald Bradman, 1990 Bill Leak. © Estate of Bill Leak. 2 Walter Lindrum OBE, c. 1932 Will Longstaff. 3 Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab AO CBE. © Judy Cassab/Copyright Agency, 2021. 4 Fred Williams - Painter, 1981 Rennie Ellis. © Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive www.RennieEllis.com.au. 5 Young Mo (Roy Rene), 1977 Martin Sharp. © Martin Sharp/Copyright Agency, 2021. 6 Albert Namatjira, 1958 William Dargie. © Roger Dargie and Faye Dargie.

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Portrait of a patron

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

A new painting by Jiawei Shen captures the vision and resolve of the Gallery's founder, L. Gordon Darling AC CMG.

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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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