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Quentin Bryce, 2000 (printed 2011)

Lorrie Graham

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 50.7 cm x 39.9 cm, image: 40.0 cm x 27.0 cm)

Quentin Bryce was born in Brisbane Australia and spent her early years in Ilfracombe, a small town in Central Western Queensland. Ms Bryce has enjoyed a rich and distinguished career as an academic, lawyer, community and human rights advocate, senior public officer, university college principal, and vice-regal representative in Queensland and for Australia.

In her civic role as Governor of Queensland, she continued her work with women, families and young people while extending her influence across the State’s broad and diverse spectrum, including the rural, regional, aged, indigenous, migrant, and disability sectors.

On 5 September 2008 Quentin Bryce was sworn in as Australia’s twenty-fifth Governor-General. As the first woman to take up the office, she was a pioneer in contemporary Australian society, and yet one who brought more than 40 years of experience in reform, community building and leadership to the role. Her term concluded in March 2014.

Most recently she has chaired the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence. The Taskforce’s report and recommendations were handed to the Queensland Premier on 28 February 2015.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Accession number: 2011.106

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Lorrie Graham

Quentin Bryce AD CVO (age 58 in 2000)

Subject professions

Government and leadership

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Susi Muddiman delights in Michael Zavros’ stunning portrait of the honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO.

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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.