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Images: Awesome Achievers

Stories from Australians of the Year

Celebrate and be inspired by talent, passion and achievement – and triumph over adversity. This exhibition is currently touring around regional Australia and features major portraits drawn from the National Portrait Gallery collection and supplemented with works from private and institutional sources.

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Lowitja O'Donoghue, 2006 by Robert Hannaford
Lowitja O'Donoghue, 2006 by Robert Hannaford
Untitled (preparatory study for sculpture of Dr John Yu), 2003 by Ah Xian
Untitled (preparatory study for sculpture of Dr John Yu), 2003 by Ah Xian
Adam (Adam Goodes), 2014 by Alan Jones
Adam (Adam Goodes), 2014 by Alan Jones
Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill, 2005 by Ian Jennings
Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill, 2005 by Ian Jennings
Pat McGorry, 2009 (printed 2010) by Dave Tacon
Pat McGorry, 2009 (printed 2010) by Dave Tacon
John Farnham, 1996 by Polly Borland
John Farnham, 1996 by Polly Borland
Alan Bond by Joe Greenberg
Alan Bond by Joe Greenberg
Alexander 'Jock' Sturrock, 1962 by Graham Thorley
Alexander 'Jock' Sturrock, 1962 by Graham Thorley
Senator Bonner, 1990 by Robert Campbell Jnr
Senator Bonner, 1990 by Robert Campbell Jnr
Sir Macfarlane Burnet, 1960-61 by William Dargie
Sir Macfarlane Burnet, 1960-61 by William Dargie
Dawn Fraser, 1998 (printed 2001) by Peter Brew-Bevan
Dawn Fraser, 1998 (printed 2001) by Peter Brew-Bevan
Dawn Fraser, 1963 by David Moore
Dawn Fraser, 1963 by David Moore
Cathy Freeman, 1994 by Montalbetti+Campbell
Cathy Freeman, 1994 by Montalbetti+Campbell
Cathy Freeman, 1994 (printed 2010) by Bill McAuley
Cathy Freeman, 1994 (printed 2010) by Bill McAuley
Mandawuy Yunupingu, 1991 (printed 2011) by Lorrie Graham
Mandawuy Yunupingu, 1991 (printed 2011) by Lorrie Graham
Mandawuy Yunupingu, NT, 2004 by John Elliott
Mandawuy Yunupingu, NT, 2004 by John Elliott
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory, 1988 (printed 2015) by Sue Ford
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory, 1988 (printed 2015) by Sue Ford
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Lionel Rose, World Champion Bantam Weight Boxer before departing to the USA to defend his title, 1968 (printed 2008) by Mervyn Bishop
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Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal) and Lois O'Donoghue (Lowitja O'Donoghue) at the opening of the inaugural National Aboriginal Conference, Canberra, 1978 (printed 2014) by Mervyn Bishop
Robert Helpmann, 1969 by David Moore
Robert Helpmann, 1969 by David Moore
Sidney Nolan and Robert Helpmann at Bonython Gallery, Adelaide Arts Festival, c.1964 (printed 2015) by Robert McFarlane
Sidney Nolan and Robert Helpmann at Bonython Gallery, Adelaide Arts Festival, c.1964 (printed 2015) by Robert McFarlane
Joan Sutherland, (printed 1992) by Lewis Morley
Joan Sutherland, (printed 1992) by Lewis Morley
Dame Joan Sutherland, c. 1977 by Robert Hannaford
Dame Joan Sutherland, c. 1977 by Robert Hannaford
Ian Kiernan, 1996 by Kate Gollings
Ian Kiernan, 1996 by Kate Gollings
The Seekers reunite 50 years on, 2011 by Helen Edwards
The Seekers reunite 50 years on, 2011 by Helen Edwards
Graham Kennedy and the Seekers in Melbourne, c.1967 by Robert Whitaker
Graham Kennedy and the Seekers in Melbourne, c.1967 by Robert Whitaker
Patrick White, 1980 by William Yang
Patrick White, 1980 by William Yang