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Ben Roberts-Smith, 2017

Julian Kingma

type C photograph on paper (frame: 94.6 cm x 74.0 cm, image: 69.0 cm x 49.5 cm)

Benjamin ‘Ben’ Roberts-Smith VC MG (b. 1978), is a former Australian Army soldier, and Victoria Cross recipient. Born in Perth, Roberts-Smith in 1996 joined the Australian Regular Army conducting two tours in East Timor with the 3rd Battalion. Posted to the Special Air Service, in 2003 Roberts-Smith completed six tours in Afghanistan, receiving the Medal for Gallantry in 2006 and the Victoria Cross in 2011. Roberts-Smith left the army in 2013 to pursue a corporate career. Awarded the Commendation for Distinguished Service in 2014, Roberts-Smith was chair of the National Australia Day Council from 2014 to 2017.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned in 2018 with funds raised through the 2020 project
© Julian Kingma

Accession number: 2018.7

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Julian Kingma (age 49 in 2017)

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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.