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William McMahon

1973
Victor Greenhalgh

ciment fondue (34.5 cm x 26.0 cm depth 25.5 cm)

Between 1959 and 1974 Victor Greenhalgh made busts of prime ministers Scullin, Forde, Menzies, Holt, McEwen, Gorton, McMahon and Whitlam for the Avenue of Prime Ministers in Ballarat’s Botanic Gardens. The three works by Greenhalgh in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery are studies for, or casts of, Ballarat’s busts. The bust of McMahon was a gift of Greenhalgh’s son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Wendy, residents of Griffith, ACT.

Sir William McMahon was the 20th prime minister, in office from March 1971 to December 1972. The Liberal-Country coalition held government from 1949 until the end of 1972, when Gough Whitlam won the election for the Labor Party on the premise that ‘It’s time.’

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Paul and Wendy Greenhalgh 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Estate of Victor Greenhalgh

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Artist and subject

Victor Greenhalgh (age 73 in 1973)

Sir William McMahon CH GCMG PC (age 65 in 1973)

Subject professions

Government and leadership

Donated by

Paul Greenhalgh (3 portraits)

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