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Manning's red socks, 1989 (printed 2012)

Heide Smith

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 55.5 cm x 43.0 cm, image: 49.5 cm x 40.0 cm)

Manning Clark AC (1915–1991), historian, lectured at the University of Melbourne from 1944 to 1949, when became Foundation Professor of History at Canberra University College. This institution became the Australian National University, where Clark was Professor and Head of the History department and later first Professor of Australian History. He left ANU in 1975. In 1981, while still at work on his monumental, controversial, six-volume A History of Australia (1962–87) he was named Australian of the Year. In his autobiographical works The Puzzles of Childhood and The Quest for Grace (1989–90) Clark wrote that he had ‘learned that Australia did not have to belong to the tough; that Australia could and should belong to the lovers and believers’.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Heide Smith 2012
© Heide Smith

Accession number: 2012.234

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Heide Smith (age 52 in 1989)

Professor Manning Clark AC (age 74 in 1989)

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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.