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Portrait of Deborah Vernon Hackett, c. 1908

Florence Ada Fuller

oil on canvas (frame: 108.0 cm x 90.0 cm, support: 82.0 cm x 64.0 cm)

Deborah Vernon Hackett (née Drake-Brockman, 1887–1965), was a mining company director and welfare worker. She grew up in Western Australia, where in 1905, aged 17, she married 58-year-old John Winthrop Hackett, newspaper proprietor and legislative councillor. Together they had five notable children. By 1916, the year she was first widowed, Lady Hackett had produced a copious manual of home hints. In 1918 she married Frank Moulden, who was made Mayor of Adelaide a few years later. As Lady Mayoress, she raised enormous sums for Adelaide’s charities. Over the course of the 1920s Lady Moulden became convinced of the potential of a rare mineral, tantalite, found in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. After visiting sites in the outback, she formulated export plans, and pressed the merits of Australian tantalite on visits to the USA and England. In 1936, by which time she had been awarded an honorary doctorate, she married again; henceforth known as Dr Buller Murphy, she lived in Victoria, and worked vigorously on behalf of various good causes, notably British war orphans.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2005

Accession number: 2005.84

Currently on display: Gallery Four (Liangis Gallery)

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Florence Ada Fuller (age 41 in 1908)

Deborah Vernon Hackett (age 21 in 1908)

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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.