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Slim Dusty and Dame Edna Everage, Carlton Hill Station, WA, 10 July 1993

by John Elliott

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 50.5 cm x 40.5 cm, image: 49.5 cm x 39.0 cm)

Slim Dusty AO MBE (1927-2003) was Australia's most prolific recording artist, his travelling show an Australian tradition. He wrote his first song, 'The Way the Cowboy Dies', when he was ten years old, and styled himself 'Slim Dusty' at eleven. His song 'The Pub With no Beer' (1957) was the first international hit by an Australian recording artist, and was awarded Australia's first gold record. It remains the only 78rpm gold record in Australia. Dusty held more gold and platinum records than any other Australian artist, and won 32 Tamworth Country Music Festival Golden Guitars. In 1999 he was named Father of the Year and inaugural Senior Australian of the Year. His 100th album was released in July 2000. John Elliott photographed Dusty for decades. In 1993, he captured the singer with superstar Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries) on a West Australian cattle station.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 1999
Accession number: 1999.10