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Maide Hann, c. 1940s

Max Dupain

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 22.3 cm x 15.0 cm, image: 20.2 cm x 15.0 cm)

Maide Hann (1924-2012) was the leading photographic model in Australia for a couple of years after World War II. Having grown up in Bellevue Hill, she was ‘discovered’ by photographer Robert Hillier at the age of sixteen or so. By her early twenties she was very well-known as a mannequin and toured at least as far as Perth to work. Named ‘Miss Anzac’ amongst the finalists in the Miss Australia competition of 1945, she was said to have been photographed every working day of 1946. After marrying Sydney doctor Eric Giblin in December 1947 she gave up modelling to become his receptionist, although in an interview in 1948 she said that he would not have minded if she had kept it up. After the birth of her children, in the early 1950s Maide Hann stepped out of the public eye. In 2013, Sydney newspapers appealed to readers for information about her, describing her as ‘the Miranda Kerr of the 1940s’, yet she remains relatively obscure.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2017.20

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Max Dupain (age 29 in 1940)

Maide Hann (age 16 in 1940)

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Danina Anderson (34 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.