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Quentin Bryce, 2016

Michael Zavros

oil on canvas (frame: 111.8 cm x 151.7 cm, support: 110.0 cm x 150.0 cm)

Quentin Bryce AD CVO (b. 1942), academic, lawyer and community and human rights advocate, was the first woman to be appointed governor-general of Australia. Born in Brisbane, she spent her early childhood in Ilfracombe in central western Queensland. She finished school in Brisbane before completing degrees in arts and law at the University of Queensland, where in 1968 she became the first female member of the law faculty. By the time she retired from teaching in 1983, she was increasingly involved in human rights and advocacy work. Over the next decade she was director of the Queensland Women’s Information Service, director of Queensland’s Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner. Having spent three years as chair of the National Childcare Accreditation Council, in 1997 she became principal and chief executive officer of the Women's College within the University of Sydney. Six years later she became governor of Queensland, continuing her work with women, families and young people while extending her influence across rural, regional, aged, indigenous, migrant, and disability sectors. In 2008 she was appointed Australia’s 25th governor-general. Her term concluded in March 2014, after which she chaired Queensland’s special taskforce on domestic and family violence.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Tim Fairfax AC 2016

Accession number: 2016.42.1

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Artist and subject

Michael Zavros (age 42 in 2016)

Quentin Bryce AD CVO (age 74 in 2016)

Subject professions

Government and leadership

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Quentin Bryce video: 4 minutes 47 seconds
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Quentin Bryce

'To change the world'

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Australia's 25th Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, discusses her childhood, career paths and her portrait by Michael Zavros.

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Quentin Bryce, 2016 Michael Zavros
Quentin Bryce, 2016 Michael Zavros
Quentin Bryce, 2016 Michael Zavros

In bloom

Magazine article by Susi Muddiman, 2017

Susi Muddiman delights in Michael Zavros’ stunning portrait of the honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO.

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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.