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June Dally-Watkins, 1949 (printed 2008)

Max Dupain

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 50.5 cm x 40.6 cm, image: 45.6 cm x 33.0 cm)

June Dally-Watkins (b. 1927), model and deportment school proprietor, grew up on a property at Watson's Creek in the New England district of New South Wales. After suffering many insults as the daughter of a single mother, as a teenager she was noticed on a Tamworth street by a photographer, who encouraged her to move to Sydney and try her luck at modelling. She describes herself as 'looking like a milkmaid' at the time she scored her first assignments for major department stores, but she was named Model of the Year in 1949. In 1950 she established the June Dally-Watkins School, which has since trained over 300 000 students in deportment and etiquette. She later established Australia's first modelling agency and a business college. Famously romanced by actor Gregory Peck during a visit to Rome in the 1950s, she returned to Australia to continue her career, marry and raise four children. Her autobiography The secrets behind my smile was published in 2002.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Accession number: 2008.55

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Max Dupain (age 38 in 1949)

June Dally Watkins (age 22 in 1949)

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