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Mungo MacCallum, press gallery cricket
, 1973

by Frank Hinder

fibre-tipped pen on paper

Mungo MacCallum (b. 1941) is one of Australia's best-known political journalists. The great-grandson of Sir William Wentworth, the left-leaning MacCallum was once described by Gough Whitlam as the 'lunatic son of the Australian political aristocracy'. MacCallum emerged as one of the most colourful and astute members of the Canberra press gallery during the tumultuous years of the Gorton, Whitlam and Fraser governments. He has written prolifically, for most major Australian political papers, journals and platforms including the National Review, the National Times, the Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Monthly and the Drum. He also devises a weekly cryptic crossword for the Saturday Paper. Mungo: the man who laughs (2001) is his autobiographical account of Australian politics in the post-Holt years, and his How To Be A Megalomaniac, an instructional guide for aspiring politicians, appeared in 2002; his more recent books include Poll Dancing (2007) and Punch and Judy: The Double Disillusion Election of 2010 (2011). During the late 1970s and 80s members of the press gallery had a regular outing against politicians, but as a rule they both fielded very ordinary cricket sides.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of Enid Hawkins 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number: 2003.07