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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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Maurice O'Shea

1951 (printed 2003)
Max Dupain

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 37.8 cm x 48.8 cm, image: 33.4 cm x 44.9 cm)

Maurice O'Shea (1897-1956) is remembered as a key figure in the formation of the modern Australian wine industry. During WW1 he studied winemaking in France, returning to Australia in 1921 to work on his family's property in NSW's Hunter Valley - the O'Sheas had recently bought the Old Hill Vineyard at Pokolbin, originally planted by the King family in the early 1900s. Maurice O'Shea renamed the vineyard Mount Pleasant, and - in an age when most Australian winemakers pursued the humble goal of producing bases for fortification as sherry or port - forged a reputation as a maker of distinctive and high-quality table wines. Although the O'Shea estate was acquired by the McWilliam family in 1941, Maurice was retained as the firm's Chief Winemaker, and would hold the position until his death. Today the Maurice O'Shea Award - Australia's most prestigious wine prize - is awarded biennially for outstanding achievement in Australian winemaking.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

Artist and subject

Max Dupain (age 40 in 1951)

Maurice O'Shea (age 54 in 1951)

Subject professions

Business, trades and industry

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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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