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John Gorton
, 1970, cast 1999

by Victor Greenhalgh

cast bronze

The Rt. Hon. Sir John Gorton GCMG AC CH (1911-2002), elected Liberal Prime Minister in 1968, resigned from the office in 1971 after a party motion of confidence resulted in a tied vote. Gorton won the leadership of the Liberal Party after the death of Harold Holt. He had been elected in the Menzies landslide of 1949, but adopted different policies and a style unlike that of the Menzies era. It was hoped that he would be able to stand up to the aggressive new Labor leader, Gough Whitlam, but his most damaging opponents were to be from within his own party. He ended his career as an Independent, resigning from the Liberal Party after Malcolm Fraser won the leadership in 1975.

This head is probably a study for the 1971 bronze of Gorton in the Avenue of Prime Ministers in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Cast 1999, from terracotta donated by
Paul and Wendy Greenhalgh 1999
Accession number: 1999.80