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Harry Williams

2005
Sahlan Hayes

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

Harry Williams (b. 1951) was the first Indigenous footballer to represent Australia at international level. After playing at club level for Sydney's St George, Harry was first selected for the Socceroos in 1970, when the side embarked on a gruelling international tour. He was a member of the Australian side that reached the 1974 World Cup Finals in West Germany (until late 2005, the 1974 team was the only Socceroos outfit ever to achieve Finals qualification). In all, Harry Williams represented Australia seventeen times. Known for his blinding speed on the left flank, he was still running professionally into the mid-1980s.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2006
© Sahlan Hayes

Artist and subject

Sahlan Hayes (age 38 in 2005)

Harry Williams (age 54 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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