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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.

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John Marsden

1998
Peter Wegner

etching on paper (sheet: 38.0 cm x 56.3 cm, image: 20.4 cm x 22.2 cm)

John Marsden (b. 1950), children's writer and social commentator, grew up in country Victoria and Tasmania and then attended the Kings School in Parramatta. Although an exceptional student, he abandoned his arts/ law degree and worked in a number of odd jobs before completing a BA at Mitchell College Bathurst and becoming an English teacher, in which capacity he worked for nine years at Geelong Grammar School. His first novel was published in 1987 after being rejected by six publishers; he abandoned teaching after the publication of four more works of fiction. He has since written more than twenty more novels and guides for teenagers and young children, and now runs writing camps for young people and adults. Although he has no children himself, his most recent book is The Boy You Brought Home: A Single Mother's Guide to Raising Sons (2002). Marsden has won a great number of Australian and international writing awards.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
© Peter Wegner

Artist and subject

Peter Wegner (age 45 in 1998)

John Marsden (age 48 in 1998)

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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.

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