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Bust of Frank McIlwraith
, 1937

by 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, Canberra
Gift of the Estate of the late Barbara Tribe
Accession number: 2009.48