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Justice Robin Millhouse, Maslin Beach, South Australia, 1992-93 (printed 2019)

Robin Sellick

inkjet print on paper (image: 47.3 cm x 40.5 cm)

Robin Rhodes Millhouse, QC (1929-2017) was born in Adelaide. He completed his law degree at the University of Adelaide and worked as a barrister before being elected to the South Australian Legislative Assembly in 1955. He was a member of the State Parliament for more than 25 years, serving as Attorney-General and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Social Welfare and Labour and Industry from 1968 to 1970. Among the numerous social reforms in which Millhouse was involved were the legalisation of abortion on health grounds and the introduction of the compulsory wearing of seatbelts.

After his party, the Liberal and Country League, was defeated in the 1973 state election, Millhouse resigned and began working to form a new political party, which eventually merged with other like-minded groups to form the Australian Democrats. In the 1977 state election, Millhouse became the first Australian Democrat member of any Australian parliament. From this position, he continued to pursue a socially progressive agenda. Millhouse was appointed Queens Council in 1977. He resigned from parliament in 1982 on his appointment to the bench of the Supreme Court of South Australia. Millhouse’s father, Vivian Rhodes Millhouse, had also been a Supreme Court judge.

Millhouse served as a judge for the next 17 years, until reaching the mandatory South Australian judicial retirement age of 70. He went on to serve as the Chief Justice of the highest courts in the pacific nations of Kiribati and Nauru and as a locum judge on Tuvalu. A man of integrity and energy, colleagues remembered Millhouse on his death, aged 87, as a political maverick, a deeply religious man, and a committed athlete throughout his long life. He was also a keen nudist and a champion for the creation of Australia’s first declared nudist beach, Maslin’s Beach near Adelaide.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019
© Robin Sellick

Accession number: 2019.51

Currently on display: Gallery Four (Liangis Gallery)

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Robin Sellick (age 25 in 1992)

Robin Millhouse QC (age 63 in 1992)

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

Interview with Robin Sellick video: 1 minute
Interview with Robin Sellick video: 1 minute
Interview with Robin Sellick video: 1 minute
Interview with Robin Sellick video: 1 minute

Adam Scott by Robin Sellick

Portrait story

An interview with photographer Robin Sellick about his portrait of golfing champion Adam Scott.

Steve Irwin, 2005 Robin Sellick
Steve Irwin, 2005 Robin Sellick
Steve Irwin, 2005 Robin Sellick
Steve Irwin, 2005 Robin Sellick

Crikey!

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

Robin Sellick captured a rare moment of quietude from the late conservation star Steve Irwin.

Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick
Adam Scott: at Sanctuary Cove Golf Course, 2006 Robin Sellick

Celebrities on the field

Magazine article by Christine Clark, 2006

Robin Sellick's portraits of Australian sportspeople include Harry Kewell, Adam Scott, Shane Warne, Mark Webber and John Newcombe.

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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.