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Bust of Frank McIlwraith, 1937

Barbara Tribe

cast bronze, patinated (including base: 45.3 cm x 31.0 cm depth 23.9 cm)

Frank McIlwraith (life dates unknown) was the London representative for the Australian periodical Smith’s Weekly in the late 1930s. McIlraith wrote a number of accounts of the Spanish Civil War for Smith’s, arguing that the Republic embodied ‘all the things Englishmen and Australians are supposed to believe in’ and that if they knew the facts Australians ‘would utter a wild cry of protest.’ Founded by a trio including Robert Clyde Packer, Smith’s Weekly was published in Sydney from 1919 to 1950, presenting a mix of satire, opinion, sports and cartoons. Kenneth Slessor was its editor at one time, and George Finey, Emil Mercier and Stan Cross numbered amongst its cartoonists.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of the late Barbara Tribe

Accession number: 2009.48

Currently not on display

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Barbara Tribe (age 24 in 1937)

Frank McIlwraith

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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.