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Sir Lloyd Dumas
, 1955

by Ivor Hele

oil on masonite (frame: 119.0 x 104.0 cm, support: 91.6 x 75.8 cm)

Sir Lloyd Dumas (1891-1973), journalist, began his career as a cadet for the Adelaide Advertiser. After transferring to the Melbourne Argus, he became closely associated with the Prime Minister, Billy Hughes, first in the conscription campaign and later as his press secretary at the Imperial Conference in England in 1918. During the 1920s he was chief of staff of the Argus; editor of the Sun News-Pictorial in Melbourne; and London manager and editor of the Australian Newspapers Cable Service. For the rest of his career he was associated with the Advertiser, holding the position of Chairman of Advertiser Newspapers Limited from 1942 to 1967, during which period this painting hung in the Advertiser boardroom. Dumas was a director of numerous companies and boards, including that of National Gallery of South Australia.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the Dumas Family 1999
Accession number: 1999.43