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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)
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Anthony Mundine (b. 1975), 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 2007 World Boxing Association super-middleweight and the 2009 International Boxing Organisation middleweight world titles. Mundine was named Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Person of the Year in 2000, and in 2003, 2006 and 2007 was awarded Male Sportsperson of the Year at the National Indigenous Music, Sport, Entertainment & Community Awards (the ‘Deadlys’). In addition to his career in sport, Mundine has made forays into the music industry, and in 2000 he started the boxing equipment and sportswear company, Boxa.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Accession number: 2008.37

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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)
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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)

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

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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.