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Danny Morseu

2005
Sahlan Hayes

gelatin silver photograph on resin-coated paper (85.0 cm x 100.0 cm)

The basketballer Danny Morseu (b. 1958) was born on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. In 1979 he played for the St Kilda team that won Australia's inaugural National Basketball League (NBL) championship. The following year he became the first Torres Strait Islander to represent Australia at an Olympic Games - he played in seven matches at the Moscow Olympics, and in a further eight at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. In 1987, playing for the Brisbane Bullets, he won another NBL title. In April 2003, having played a total of 217 NBL matches over ten seasons, he became the first Indigenous player to be inducted into the NBL's Hall of Fame.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006
© Sahlan Hayes

Artist and subject

Sahlan Hayes (age 38 in 2005)

Danny Morseu (age 47 in 2005)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

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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.

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