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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

Subject professions

Writing

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John Elliott (19 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.