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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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1967, 2019

Dave Laslett

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 Finalist

Taken from Dunjiba by Miss Cook, Alby Hunt travelled 800 kilometres by train to Port Augusta, and was placed in Umeewarra Mission. A striking child, Alby was taken by missionary Mr Waitman to the township to be photographed by the government. On that day, Alby literally became the poster child (as pictured in his hands) for the 1967 Referendum. While the referendum would go on to initiate significant change in Australian society, in 2019 Alby reflects on the past 52 years and wonders if anything has really changed.

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2020

Other NPPP photos from Dave Laslett

TWO WAYS/A dualistic system, 2017 by Dave Laslett
NPPP 2018 Finalist
HOMELAND The importance of place, 2014 by Dave Laslett
NPPP 2015 Finalist
The Unbreakable, 2018 by Dave Laslett
NPPP 2019 Finalist
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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.