Portrait of a Nation


The online resources for Portrait of a Nation: Australian Schools Portrait Project explore the influences and achievements of twelve individuals who have made a significant contribution to the shaping of Australian history, identity and culture.

Each resource presents an illustrated biography of the subject and promotes interpretation and discussion of the portrait through observation, analysis and enquiry.

The projects encourage students to respond creatively to the selected subject through a range of activities including portraiture, writing, performance and map-making.


A comprehensive index of links supports the development of creative projects and promotes independent student research.

The resources are designed for students in upper primary and secondary levels with curriculum links to History, English and The Arts.