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Kelly Dixon, Tent Hill, Qld, 2004

John Elliott

type C photograph (sheet: 60.7 cm x 50.6 cm, image: 50.0 cm x 33.0 cm)

Kelly Dixon is one of Australia's best-known bush balladeers. His poems have been set to music by some of Australia's leading country music stars - including Slim Dusty, who recorded Kelly's classic "Leave Him Out There in the Longyard." Kelly's verses have been collected in the books From a Drifter's Pen and From Under the Cross. A two-time winner of the Golden Gumleaf at the Australian Bush Laureate Awards - an honour he shares with the likes of Slim Dusty and R. M. Williams - Kelly was also a founder member of the Australian Bush Balladeers Association.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Accession number: 2005.41

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

John Elliott (age 53 in 2004)

Kelly Dixon

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John Elliott (19 portraits)

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