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"Small Holdings" The Earl Carrington Baron Charles Robert Carrington (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1907

Sir Leslie Ward

chromolithograph on paper (sheet: 39.6 cm x 26.4 cm, image: 32.6 cm x 19.6 cm)

Baron Charles Robert Carrington KG (1843–1928) was born in England and educated at Eton and Cambridge. He served as a captain of the Gentlemen-at-Arms before being appointed governor of New South Wales in 1885. On his arrival the colony was suffering a drought, economic recession and political crisis. Carrington quickly formed a good relationship with Sir Henry Parkes and the pair often met to discuss the promotion of federation. The colony’s name was changed to Australia during Carrington’s administration, in 1887. In 1890 Carrington returned to England where his speeches in support of Australian nationalism shocked the local gentry. However, behind closed doors he was more critical of Australian politics, commenting that ‘its factions, its personal changes, its waste of time and opportunity … are but humble imitations of the proceedings of London statesmen’.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Ronald Walker 2002

Accession number: 2002.59

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Artist and subject

Sir Leslie Ward (age 56 in 1907)

Charles Robert Wynn-Carrington (age 64 in 1907)

Subject professions

Government and leadership

Donated by

Ronald Walker (23 portraits)

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"Australia" (Alfred Deakin) (Image plate from Vanity Fair), 1908 Sir Leslie Ward
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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.