Skip to main content

Ticketed entry is in place to safely manage visits to the Gallery, so please book ahead.

Menu

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.

Malcolm Fraser, Randwick Racecourse, 1975 (printed 2002)

Roger Scott

gelatin silver photograph selenium toned on paper (sheet: 30.3 cm x 40.5 cm)
Image not available (NC)

Malcolm Fraser (1930-2015) was photographed by Roger Scott at a Liberal Party rally at Randwick racecourse, two weeks after the Dismissal. Fraser was standing on the flatbed of a semitrailer, addressing a crowd of some 20 000 supporters. Scott clambered onto the vehicle, and enraged by Fraser’s rhetoric, shouted an abusive phrase. The caretaker prime minister wheeled around and met the eye of Scott, who took the opportunity to fire off a definitive image of the heated era.

The son of a wealthy grazier, Fraser was famous for publicly declaring that ‘life is not meant to be easy’. Inevitably, the statement – made in the course of a speech in 1971 - was later ‘cherrypicked’ by his opponents on the left, public servants whose jobs had been slashed and the young unemployed. However, when the Frasers attended a dinner at the Lodge in 2001, honouring retiring Governor General Sir William Deane, journalist Alan Ramsey wrote that their presence signified Deane’s ‘immense regard for Malcolm’s 1970s legislative record, as Prime Minister, in Indigenous land rights, as well as Fraser's personal commitment for all of his public and private life to anti-racism, Aboriginal Reconciliation and minority rights’.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Accession number: 2012.198

Currently not on display

Copyright image request form
Request a digital copy of an image for publication

Artist and subject

Roger Scott (age 31 in 1975)

Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser AC CH (age 45 in 1975)

Subject professions

Government and leadership

Related information

The Companion

Permanent collection catalogue

Café and shop

On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

Malcolm Fraser, 1990 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley
Malcolm Fraser, 1990 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley
Malcolm Fraser, 1990 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley
Malcolm Fraser, 1990 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Country man

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2015

Angus Trumble’s tribute to the late Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser.

Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish
Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish

Primed

Some Prime Ministers

Previous exhibition, 2019

Seventeen of Australia’s thirty prime ministers to date are represented in the contrasting sizes, moods and mediums of these portraits.

The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery

The Gallery

Explore portraiture and come face to face with Australian identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity.

We would like to thank our partners.
© National Portrait Gallery 2020
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196

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.