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Sir Warwick Fairfax, 1981

Bryan Westwood

oil on canvas (frame: 138.6 cm x 103.0 cm, sight: 130.5 cm x 94.7 cm)
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Sir Warwick Oswald Fairfax (1901-1987), grandson of Sarah and James Fairfax, was the only son of Sir James Fairfax, who had become a partner in the company in the 1880s. Sir Warwick began work with the company in 1923, when he filed reports on conditions in post-war Germany for the Sydney Morning Herald. He became managing director of John Fairfax and Sons in 1930. In 1956 it was listed as a public company, with the Fairfax family retaining nearly half the shares. While the Herald was regarded by the family as the 'crown jewels', at the time it was listed as a public company other publications included the evening Sun, the Sunday Sun-Herald and the Australian Financial Review, and the company also had significant investments in radio and television. This portrait and that of Sir Vincent Fairfax were painted to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Sydney Morning Herald.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2002.84

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Bryan Westwood (age 51 in 1981)

Sir Warwick Oswald Fairfax (age 80 in 1981)

Subject professions

Media and communications

Donated by

Fairfax Media Limited (13 portraits)

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