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Sir Vincent Fairfax
, 1981

by Bryan Westwood

oil on canvas (frame: 138.6 cm x 103.0 cm, sight: 130.3 cm x 94.9 cm)

Sir Vincent Charles Fairfax CMG (1909-1993), pastoralist, was the son of JHF Fairfax. Educated at Geelong Grammar and Oxford, he was a director of John Fairfax Ltd from 1956-1987 - although by 1946 the Fairfax board consisted only of himself and two cousins, Warwick and John, a trio described as the company's 'head, hands and heart'. As the 'heart', Sir Vincent embodied the conservative virtues historically promoted by the Sydney Morning Herald. He was the national president of the Scout Association from 1977-1986, the president of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales from 1970-1979, the chairman of AMP from 1966-1982, a Director of the Bank of New South Wales from 1953-1982, and the Rector's Warden of St Mark's Darling Point from 1948-1971.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number: 2002.85