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General Eva Burrows AC AO, 2001

Gabrielle Martin

oil on canvas (frame: 148.0 cm x 117.5 cm, support: 138.0 cm x 107.3 cm)

General Eva Burrows AC (1929-2015) was at one time the world leader of the Salvation Army. Her parents were both Salvation Army officers, and she was commissioned in 1951, after completing an arts degree at Queensland University. She worked for many years in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) before becoming the principal of the Army’s international officers’ college in London. From 1977 she combined spiritual and administrative leadership as a ‘territorial commander’ in Sri Lanka, Scotland and southern Australia. She became General and World Leader in 1986. Burrows was the second woman to hold the position of General; under the Army’s constitution her term should have expired in 1991, but she was persuaded by international leaders to stay on until her retirement in 1993. During this time she led the Salvation Army back into Eastern Europe. Following her retirement she was the International Champion of the ‘Be A Hero’ campaign and sat on the board of the International Bible Society.

Gabrielle Martin painted her in her apartment with a statuette of Eva Booth, the first female General of the Salvation Army, and a sculptural piece that Burrows acquired in Zimbabwe.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2001

Accession number: 2001.9

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Gabrielle Martin (age 32 in 2001)

General Eva Burrows AC AO (age 72 in 2001)

Subject professions

Government and leadership

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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.