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Quentin Bryce
, 2000 (printed 2011)

by Lorrie Graham

gelatin silver photograph (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, Canberra
Purchased 2011
Accession number: 2011.106