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Anthony Mundine

1992 (printed 2008)
Mervyn Bishop

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 50.7 cm x 40.5 cm, image: 40.0 cm x 26.5 cm)

Anthony Mundine (b. 1975), Bundjalung boxer and former rugby league player, was born in Newtown in Sydney's inner south and began his career playing league for Hurstville United. From 1993 until his retirement from the game in 2000 Mundine played for the St George Dragons and the Brisbane Broncos, and represented New South Wales in three State of Origin clashes. In July 2000, aged 25 and at that time one of league's highest-paid players, he began his career anew as a professional boxer, his subsequent tally of victories including the 2003 and 2007 World Boxing Association super-middleweight and the 2009 International Boxing Organisation middleweight world titles. He retired from boxing in 2021 at the age of 45.

The son of former boxer Tony Mundine AO, Anthony Mundine trained at his father's gym in Redfern throughout his childhood and career. This portrait by Murri photographer Mervyn Bishop was taken at the gym in 1992, when Mundine was seventeen. Conveying a sense of youthful energy and innocence, it captures one of Australia's most significant sportsmen at the start of his rugby career.

Purchased 2008
© Mervyn Bishop

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Artist and subject

Mervyn Bishop (age 47 in 1992)

Anthony Mundine (age 17 in 1992)

Subject professions

Sports and recreation

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Peace, the Man and Hope (Anthony Mundine), 2005 by Brook Andrew and Larry Rawling (printer)
Peace, the Man and Hope (Anthony Mundine), 2005 by Brook Andrew and Larry Rawling (printer)
Peace, the Man and Hope (Anthony Mundine), 2005 by Brook Andrew and Larry Rawling (printer)
Peace, the Man and Hope (Anthony Mundine), 2005 by Brook Andrew and Larry Rawling (printer)

In focus

Magazine article, 2017

Brook Andrew, Marcia Langton and Anthony Mundine.

Lionel Rose, World Champion Bantam Weight Boxer before departing to the USA to defend his title
Lionel Rose, World Champion Bantam Weight Boxer before departing to the USA to defend his title
Lionel Rose, World Champion Bantam Weight Boxer before departing to the USA to defend his title
Lionel Rose, World Champion Bantam Weight Boxer before departing to the USA to defend his title

The champs

Magazine article by Dr Christopher Chapman, 2008

Two lively portrait photographs reflect the agility of their subjects: world champion Australian sportsmen Lionel Rose and Anthony Mundine.

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