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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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of sitters who are in the profession "Activism"
A Book about Australian Women, 1974 Carol Jerrems, Virginia Fraser, Outback Press

A Book about Australian Women
1974

Carol Jerrems, Virginia Fraser, Outback Press

Acacius (Stigmata) - portrait of Tony Carden, 1991 AñA Wojak

Acacius (Stigmata) - portrait of Tony Carden
1991

AñA Wojak

Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River, 2014 Juno Gemes

Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River
2014

Juno Gemes

Anne Levy, 2011 Hugh Adamson

Anne Levy
2011

Hugh Adamson

B A Santamaria, 1996 Wes Walters

B A Santamaria
1996

Wes Walters

Bill Neidjie, 2000 (printed 2008) Mark Lang

Bill Neidjie
2000 (printed 2008)

Mark Lang

Bob Brown at his home in Liffey, 1988 (printed 2013) Helga Leunig

Bob Brown at his home in Liffey
1988 (printed 2013)

Helga Leunig

Bonita Mabo, 1994 (printed 2011) Lorrie Graham

Bonita Mabo
1994 (printed 2011)

Lorrie Graham

Brian Fitzpatrick, 1953 Graeme Inson

Brian Fitzpatrick
1953

Graeme Inson

Captain Francis de Groot, 1932 Harold Cazneaux

Captain Francis de Groot
1932

Harold Cazneaux

Charles and Adam, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Charles and Adam, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-199…

Michael Riley

Charles Perkins, 1974 unknown artist after Frank Hinder

Charles Perkins
1974

unknown artist after Frank Hinder

Charles Perkins on a bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe, c.1964 (printed 2015) Robert McFarlane

Charles Perkins on a bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe
c.1964 (printed 2015)

Robert McFarlane

Charles Perkins on bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe, c.1964 (printed 2003) Robert McFarlane

Charles Perkins on bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe
c.1964 (printed 2003)

Robert McFarlane

Chicka Dixon, 1980 Juno Gemes

Chicka Dixon
1980

Juno Gemes

Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011 TextaQueen

Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011
2011

TextaQueen

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Dame Elizabeth Couchman
n.d.

Aileen Dent

David Unaipon, n.d. an unknown artist

David Unaipon
n.d.

an unknown artist

Djon, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Djon, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990"
1990 (printed 2013)

Michael Riley

Dr Alice M. Moyle, 1998 Chris Gentle

Dr Alice M. Moyle
1998

Chris Gentle

Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz, 1983 Harold Thornton

Dr Brown and Green Old Time Waltz
1983

Harold Thornton

Dr Roberta Sykes and Naomi, 1994 Juno Gemes

Dr Roberta Sykes and Naomi
1994

Juno Gemes

Eddie Mabo (after Mike Kelley's 'Booth's Puddle' 1985, from Plato's Cave, Rothko's Chapel, Lincoln's profile) No.3, 1996 John Citizen

Eddie Mabo (after Mike Kelley's 'Booth's Puddle' 1985, from Plato's Ca…

John Citizen

Faith Bandler, 2006 Julie Edgar

Faith Bandler
2006

Julie Edgar

Faith Bandler, study, 2006 Greg Warburton

Faith Bandler, study
2006

Greg Warburton

Gary Foley, Invasion Day - We Have Survived, 1988 Juno Gemes

Gary Foley, Invasion Day - We Have Survived
1988

Juno Gemes

George Mealmaker, 1798  (printed c. 1838) John Kay

George Mealmaker
1798 (printed c. 1838)

John Kay

Germaine Greer, 1988 Jacqueline Mitelman

Germaine Greer
1988

Jacqueline Mitelman

Gill Hicks, 2016 Tony Kearney

Gill Hicks
2016

Tony Kearney

Great Suffragette demonstration in London, 1911 Rose Stereograph Company

Great Suffragette demonstration in London
1911

Rose Stereograph Company

Harold Blair, 1948 Ernest Buckmaster

Harold Blair
1948

Ernest Buckmaster

Ian Kiernan, 1996 Kate Gollings

Ian Kiernan
1996

Kate Gollings

Isi Leibler, Jet-Set Tours Joe Greenberg

Isi Leibler, Jet-Set Tours

Joe Greenberg

Jack Charles, 2011 Rod McNicol

Jack Charles
2011

Rod McNicol

Jack Mundey, 1997 Lewis Morley

Jack Mundey
1997

Lewis Morley

Jack Mundey, 1985 Terry Milligan

Jack Mundey
1985

Terry Milligan

Jack Mundey, 1974 unknown artist after Frank Hinder

Jack Mundey
1974

unknown artist after Frank Hinder

Jessie Street, 1929 Jerrold Nathan

Jessie Street
1929

Jerrold Nathan

Joe and Brenda, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990", 1990 (printed 2013) Michael Riley

Joe and Brenda, from the portfolio "Michael Riley Portraits 1984-1990"
1990 (printed 2013)

Michael Riley

John Mitchel with John Martin and Father John Kenyon [the three Johns], 1866 Edouard Gatel

John Mitchel with John Martin and Father John Kenyon [the three Johns]
1866

Edouard Gatel

Julian Burnside AO QC, 2004 (printed 2012) David Roberts

Julian Burnside AO QC
2004 (printed 2012)

David Roberts

Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal) and Lois O'Donoghue (Lowitja O'Donoghue) at the opening of the inaugural National Aboriginal Conference, Canberra, 1978 (printed 2014) Mervyn Bishop

Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal) and Lois O'Donoghue (Lowitja O'Donogh…

Mervyn Bishop

Kath Walker, Aboriginal Poet, 1965 Clif Peir

Kath Walker, Aboriginal Poet
1965

Clif Peir

Kevin Gilbert, 1972 Evelyn Kirwan

Kevin Gilbert
1972

Evelyn Kirwan

Kevin Gilbert and Joe in discussion outside Anti-Bicentennial and Treaty Meeting Balmain Town Hall Sydney, 1987 Juno Gemes

Kevin Gilbert and Joe in discussion outside Anti-Bicentennial and Trea…

Juno Gemes

Kondelea (Della) Elliott, 1979 Ivy Shore

Kondelea (Della) Elliott
1979

Ivy Shore

Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane, 1982 Juno Gemes

Kumantjayi Perkins at the Roma Forum, Brisbane
1982

Juno Gemes

Linda Burney MLA Canturbury and Rick Farley at home, Marrickville, 2003 Juno Gemes

Linda Burney MLA Canturbury and Rick Farley at home, Marrickville
2003

Juno Gemes

Lowitja O'Donoghue, 2006 Robert Hannaford

Lowitja O'Donoghue
2006

Robert Hannaford

Mary Windeyer, 1850s an unknown artist

Mary Windeyer
1850s

an unknown artist

Mary Windeyer, c.1891 Freeman Brothers

Mary Windeyer
c.1891

Freeman Brothers

Mary Windeyer on the verandah at Tomago, NSW, c. 1880's an unknown artist

Mary Windeyer on the verandah at Tomago, NSW
c. 1880's

an unknown artist

Millicent Preston Stanley Vaughan, c.1945 Noel Rubie

Millicent Preston Stanley Vaughan
c.1945

Noel Rubie

Mum Shirl (Mrs Shirley Smith), 1988 Juno Gemes

Mum Shirl (Mrs Shirley Smith)
1988

Juno Gemes

Neil Murray, 2008 Peter Hudson

Neil Murray
2008

Peter Hudson

Neil Murray, Bolac, VIC, 2004 John Elliott

Neil Murray, Bolac, VIC
2004

John Elliott

Nelson Mandela, Sydney, 2000 David Moore

Nelson Mandela, Sydney
2000

David Moore

Nelson Mandela, Sydney, 2000 David Moore

Nelson Mandela, Sydney
2000

David Moore

Nelson Mandela, Sydney, 2000 David Moore

Nelson Mandela, Sydney
2000

David Moore

New South Wales State Repatriation Board, c.1920 Frank Neish

New South Wales State Repatriation Board
c.1920

Frank Neish

Olegas Truchanas, 1971 Ralph Hope-Johnstone

Olegas Truchanas
1971

Ralph Hope-Johnstone

Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba, 1982 Juno Gemes

Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba
1982

Juno Gemes

Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba Stradbroke Island (her sitting down place)1982 Juno Gemes

Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba Stradbroke Island (her sitting down pl…

Juno Gemes

Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal Tribe, 1992 (printed 2009) George Fetting

Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal Tribe
1992 (printed 2009)

George Fetting

Peter Dombrovskis, 1996 Liz Dombrovskis

Peter Dombrovskis
1996

Liz Dombrovskis

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers
1974

Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers
1974

Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers
1974

Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers
1974

Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers
1974

Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers, 1974 Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Anne Summers
1974

Carol Jerrems

Portrait of Philip Nitschke, 1998 (re-worked 2009) Amanda King

Portrait of Philip Nitschke
1998 (re-worked 2009)

Amanda King

Professor Germaine Greer, 1999 Polly Borland

Professor Germaine Greer
1999

Polly Borland

Richard Bell, 2009 Mike Chavez

Richard Bell
2009

Mike Chavez

Richard Walley, 2015 Julie Dowling

Richard Walley
2015

Julie Dowling

Ron and Valerie Taylor an unknown artist

Ron and Valerie Taylor

an unknown artist

Ron Castan, 1996 Francis Reiss

Ron Castan
1996

Francis Reiss

Ron Castan AM QC, 1995 Kate Gollings

Ron Castan AM QC
1995

Kate Gollings

Rosalie Kunoth (Ngarla Kunoth), 1953 an unknown artist

Rosalie Kunoth (Ngarla Kunoth)
1953

an unknown artist

Rose Scott, 1913 May Moore

Rose Scott
1913

May Moore

Social currency (Eva Cox), 1999 Kim Spooner

Social currency (Eva Cox)
1999

Kim Spooner

Suzanne Bellamy, 1997 Terry Milligan

Suzanne Bellamy
1997

Terry Milligan

The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson, 1981 (printed 2003) Juno Gemes

The Hon Gough Whitlam, Ossie Cruse and Michael Anderson
1981 (printed 2003)

Juno Gemes

Thomas Keneally, 1987 Bernd Heinrich

Thomas Keneally
1987

Bernd Heinrich

Tim Costello, 2006 (printed 2010) Dave Tacon

Tim Costello
2006 (printed 2010)

Dave Tacon

Yami Lester speaks at Uluru Handback Ceremony, 1985 (printed 2003) Juno Gemes

Yami Lester speaks at Uluru Handback Ceremony
1985 (printed 2003)

Juno Gemes

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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.