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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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Sir Vincent Fairfax

1981
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
Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Bryan Westwood/Copyright Agency, 2021

Artist and subject

Bryan Westwood (age 51 in 1981)

Sir Vincent Charles Fairfax CMG (age 72 in 1981)

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Fairfax Media Limited (13 portraits)

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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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