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Jackie French, 1999

Terry Milligan

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 30.3 cm x 40.2 cm, image: 27.0 cm x 39.2 cm)

Jackie French (b. 1953) is an author of children's fiction and a columnist, writer and presenter. Unimpeded by her dyslexia, she graduated from the University of Queensland and published her first novel, Rainstones, in 1991. Since the late 1980s she has written more than 100 books, gaining awards for Hitler's Daughter (1999), Café on Callisto (2000) and Diary of a Wombat (2002). During her many years as a cheery regular on the television infotainment series Burke's Backyard, she expounded her ideas on ecologically sustainable gardens and Australian wildlife. Her diverse recent non-fiction books include How the aliens from Alpha Centauri invaded my maths class and turned me into a writer - and how you can be one too (1998), How to Guzzle Your Garden (1999), Stamp Stomp Whomp and other interesting ways to get rid of pests (2001), and Big Burps, Bare Bums and other Bad Mannered Blunders: over 180 tips on how to behave (2003).

Former photographer Terry Milligan was born in San Francisco and lived in various locations in the USA and Australia before discovering the Braidwood area, in which he ran the general store and gallery at Mongarlowe from 1994 to 1999. An exhibition of Milligan's photographs of Braidwood and district personalities, Remembering the Present, was held at the Canberra Art Gallery and Museum and other galleries in 2000. The photographs, including this one of French at her home on a property near Braidwood, are collected in Milligan's book Remembering the Present: a Braidwood portrait (2000). Milligan abandoned photography when he became a Buddhist monk in Western Australia in 2002.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005
© Terry Milligan

Accession number: 2005.71

Currently on display: Gallery Four (Liangis Gallery)

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Terry Milligan (age 58 in 1999)

Jackie French (age 46 in 1999)

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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.