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Harry Williams, 2005

Sahlan Hayes

gelatin silver photograph

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

Accession number: 2006.87.6

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Sahlan Hayes (age 38 in 2005)

Harry Williams (age 54 in 2005)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

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