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Ben Roberts-Smith, 2017

Julian Kingma

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

Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG (b. 1978), former Australian Army soldier, is currently Australia’s most decorated former serviceman. Roberts-Smith was intent on a military career from boyhood; his father is a major general, and from the Boer War onwards, other antecedents served in the armed forces, three of them at Gallipoli. In 1996 Roberts-Smith joined the Australian Regular Army, conducting two tours in East Timor and one in Iraq. In the Special Air Service, he completed six tours in Afghanistan, receiving the Medal for Gallantry in 2006, the Victoria Cross – Australia’s highest honour for acts of bravery – in 2011 and the Commendation for Distinguished Service in 2013. Upon leaving the army he became an adviser to government and industry on defence and security and established his own corporate advisory consultancy, focusing on strategies to achieve high performance. With a new MBA from the University of Queensland, he became a general manager of Seven Network Queensland in 2017. Named Australian Father of the Year in 2013, Roberts-Smith was chair of the National Australia Day Council from 2014 to 2017, is patron of several veterans’ organisations, and is a sought-after keynote and motivational speaker.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by The Calvert-Jones Foundation 2018

Accession number: 2018.7

Currently not on display

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Julian Kingma (age 49 in 2017)

Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG (age 39 in 2017)

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