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Ita Buttrose, 1981

John Williams

montage of gelatin silver photographs

Ita Buttrose AO OBE (b. 1942) is a businesswoman, journalist, author, broadcaster and professional speaker. Her media career began when she joined Australian Consolidated Press as a copygirl at the age of fifteen. She went on to become editor of the women's pages of Sydney's Daily Telegraph, the founding editor of Cleo, editor of the Australian Women's Weekly, and founding editor of Ita. She has hosted prime-time radio shows on Sydney stations 2UE, 2KY and 2GB. As Chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on AIDS from 1984 to 1988, she spearheaded Australia's national AIDS education programme. She has held executive positions with many of Australia's major companies and has twice been voted Australia's Most Admired Woman. John Williams photographed Ita Buttrose in her office at News Ltd, Sydney, shortly after she had left Australian Consolidated Press.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999

Accession number: 1999.35

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John Williams (age 48 in 1981)

Ita Buttrose AC OBE (age 39 in 1981)

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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.