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Caroline Jones

1978
David Campbell

oil on canvas (frame: 164.0 cm x 169.5 cm, support: 160.0 cm x 165.0 cm)

Caroline Jones AO (b. 1938), writer and broadcaster, became a household name in Australia as the first female reporter on the ABC current affairs program This Day Tonight (1968–1972). She went on to become the first woman presenter on Four Corners, remaining on the show until 1981, while also broadcasting regularly on Sydney morning radio. On her 1987 to 1994 Radio National show, The Search for Meaning, she became renowned for the gentle tact with which she drew out the stories of Australian men and women, which she continued as presenter of ABC television show Australian Story for two decades from 1996 until 2016. Her bestselling book An Authentic Life: Finding Meaning and Spirituality in Everyday Life (1998) was followed by Through a Glass Darkly (2009), a heartrending chronicle of her experience of her father's death. Jones is now a patron of the national mentoring and networking initiative, Women in Media.

This is one of only three portraits David Campbell painted, before he died in a motorbike accident at the age of 28. For the portrait he spent hours studying and sketching Jones as she worked in the ABC studios. In 1979, when 22 windows of the Myer store in Sydney were filled with his abstract watercolour paintings, this portrait of Jones was among them.

Gift of Elizabeth Campbell-MacKenzie on behalf of the family of David Campbell 2012
© Estate of David Campbell

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Artist and subject

David Campbell (age 26 in 1978)

Caroline Jones AO (age 40 in 1978)

Donated by

Elizabeth Campbell (3 portraits)

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