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Julia Gillard

2013
Peter Brew-Bevan

type C photograph on paper, edition 1/1 (sheet: 120.0 cm x 90.0 cm, image: 90.2 cm x 74.5 cm)

Julia Gillard AC (b. 1961) was the 27th Prime Minister of Australia. After graduating in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne, she joined the law firm Slater & Gordon in 1987. She took up the position of Chief of Staff to then Victorian Opposition Leader, John Brumby, in 1996 and two years later was elected to the House of Representatives. By late 2006 she was Deputy Leader of the Opposition. Gillard became Deputy Prime Minister following Labor's victory in the 2007 Federal election, and in June 2010 defeated Kevin Rudd in a leadership ballot, becoming Australia's first female Prime Minister. Among her most significant achievements as Prime Minister are the introduction of a price on carbon, disability care, education reforms, and the Royal Commission on institutional child abuse. On 26 June 2013 she lost the leadership in a spill to Rudd; she resigned the following day.

Peter Brew-Bevan took this last official portrait of Julia Gillard as Prime Minister. 'This image was taken on the Monday of the June long weekend, right when the grab for office began … she is an amazingly strong woman … what must have been going through her mind at the time of this photograph – still to allow her vulnerability to show through is quite remarkable and a true testament to her stoic nature.'

Gift of the artist 2013
© Peter Brew-Bevan

Artist and subject

Peter Brew-Bevan (age 44 in 2013)

Julia Gillard AC (age 52 in 2013)

Subject professions

Government and leadership

Donated by

Peter Brew-Bevan (6 portraits)

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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.

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