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Vietnam, 1970-07

by John Fairley

A tiny face, under an outsize Engineer's cap, lost in a big crowd. Members of the Sydney concert party, with an accompanying party of Army officers and men, visited the children at the orphanage, where the entertainers helped distribute toys and sweets during their fourteen day tour of Australian and American bases.

Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial

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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.