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Sir James Gobbo, 1983

Paul Fitzgerald

synthetic polymer paint on canvas (frame: 113.5 cm x 88.0 cm)

Sir James Gobbo AC CVO QC (b. 1931) is a former Governor of Victoria, Lieutenant Governor of Victoria and Victorian Supreme Court judge. Born to Italian parents in Melbourne, he gained a Rhodes scholarship upon graduation from the University of Melbourne in 1951. He left Oxford with a BA, an MA and a rowing blue, and after returning to Australia in 1957 he lectured at the University of Melbourne for five years. After practising as a barrister through the 1960s he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1978 and was knighted in 1982. Through the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s he served on a great many boards and foundations, particularly to do with health and community welfare. After he retired from the bench in 1994 he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Victoria, and he took over from Richard McGarvie as Governor of the state in 1997. The first person of Italian heritage appointed to a state governorship, he was succeeded by John Landy in 2001. He has served as the Chairman of the Council of the National Library of Australia, of the National Advisory Commission on Ageing and of the Council for the Order of Australia. Amongst his awards are the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy, and the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Gregory, the latter one of the highest honours the Vatican confers.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mercy Health and Aged Care 2006

Accession number: 2006.83

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Paul Fitzgerald (age 61 in 1983)

Sir James Gobbo AC CVO QC (age 52 in 1983)

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