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Henry Reynolds, 2012

Dave Tacon

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 48.2 cm x 34.6 cm, image: 40.6 cm x 26.9 cm)

Henry Reynolds (b. 1938), historian, studied at the University of Tasmania before taking up a lectureship at Townsville University College (later James Cook University) in 1965. He became interested in the history of relations between settlers and the Aboriginal people, publishing 'The Other Side of the Frontier' (1981) and 'The Law of the Land' (1987). Meanwhile, he recalls encouraging his friend Eddie Mabo to take up the issue of ownership of his traditional lands in court. Subsequent works such as 'Fate of a Free People, This Whispering in our Hearts' (1998) and 'Why Weren't We Told' (1999) continued his examination of Aboriginal-white relations, providing a historical context for the cause of reconciliation. Since taking up a professorial fellowship at the University of Tasmania in 2000 he has published 'An Indelible Stain? The Question of Genocide in Australia's History' (2001), 'The Aborigines' (2002), 'North of Capricorn: The Untold Story of Australia's North' (2003), 'Nowhere People' (2005) and 'Forgotten War' (2013). Reynolds’s many prizes include the Queensland Premier’s and Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012
© Dave Tacon/Copyright Agency, 2020

Accession number: 2012.36

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Dave Tacon (age 36 in 2012)

Henry Reynolds (age 74 in 2012)

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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.