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Shane Dye, 1994 (printed 2009)

Ern McQuillan

inkjet print on paper (image: 40.3 cm x 30.4 cm)

Shane Dye (b. 1966), jockey, was born in Matamata, New Zealand, and served his apprenticeship in New Zealand before coming to Australia in 1985. He won the 1989 Melbourne Cup on Tawrrific, the Golden Slipper four years in a row from 1989 to 1992 and the Cox Plate in 1995; with four Derby winners and nine Oaks winners to his credit also, he was New South Wales's leading jockey in 1990-1991 and 1996-1997. Dye won ninety Australian Group One races, third only to George Moore and Roy Higgins, before moving in 2000 to work in Hong Kong, where he became the leading rider. He was kept out of racing for months after a horrific fall off Ambitious Marju in Hong Kong in June 2006; he returned to Australia in 2008, but as of March 2009 'couldn't get a ride' and went to work in Mauritius. Dye is now establishing a secondary reputation as a poker player.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Accession number: 2009.90

Currently not on display

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Ern McQuillan (age 68 in 1994)

Shane Dye (age 28 in 1994)

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Betty Cuthbert, 1955 (printed 2003) Ern McQuillan
Betty Cuthbert, 1955 (printed 2003) Ern McQuillan
Betty Cuthbert, 1955 (printed 2003) Ern McQuillan
Betty Cuthbert, 1955 (printed 2003) Ern McQuillan

Hop, skip, shoot

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2004

Former NPG Deputy Director, Simon Elliott talks with Ern McQuillan about his life and career as a sports photographer.

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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.