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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.

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Mick Dodson

2010
Ricky Maynard

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 40.5 cm x 50.5 cm)

Michael (Mick) Dodson AM (b. 1950) is a member of the Yawuru people of the southern Kimberley in Western Australia. Orphaned at ten, he was educated by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Monivae College in Hamilton, Victoria. He studied law at Monash University and in 1981 became Victoria’s first Aboriginal barrister. In 1988 he gained national attention as counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. As Australia's first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner from 1993 to 1998 he co-authored the Bringing Them Home report that illuminated the history of the Indigenous people who became known as the stolen generation. Australian of the Year in 2009, Dodson has two honorary doctorates and is currently Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies and Professor of Law at the Australian National University. 'Upholding human rights is about looking out for each other', Dodson has stated, 'sometimes we don’t speak up when we should.'

Commissioned with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2010
© Ricky Maynard

Artist and subject

Ricky Maynard (age 57 in 2010)

Mick Dodson (age 60 in 2010)

Supported by

L Gordon Darling AC CMG (38 portraits supported)

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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.

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