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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.

George Reid paperweight an unknown artist

Some prime ministers

General content

Sarah Engledow explores the history of the prime ministers and artists featured in the exhibition.

Bob Hawke, 2012 Luke Cornish

Primed Some Prime Ministers

Previous exhibition, 2019

Seventeen of Australia’s thirty prime ministers to date are represented in the contrasting sizes, moods and mediums of these portraits.

Dulcie Deamer, c. 1920

Out of the shadows

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2013

Joanna Gilmour profiles the life and times of the shutter sisters May and Mina Moore.

David Low, 1917 Rudolph Buchner
David Low, 1917 Rudolph Buchner
David Low, 1917 Rudolph Buchner

David Low, 1917 Rudolph Buchner

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph sepia toned on cardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Federal Statistican Knibbs, 1919 David Low

The numbers man

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2011

Dr. Sarah Engledow tells the story of Australia's first Federal statistician, Sir George Knibbs.

Federal Statistican Knibbs, 1919 David Low
Federal Statistican Knibbs, 1919 David Low
Federal Statistican Knibbs, 1919 David Low

Federal Statistican Knibbs, 1919 David Low

Portrait, ink and gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Billy Hughes bottle stopper, 1911-21 Mashman Bros. Ltd.
Billy Hughes bottle stopper, 1911-21 Mashman Bros. Ltd.
Billy Hughes bottle stopper, 1911-21 Mashman Bros. Ltd.

Billy Hughes bottle stopper, 1911-21 Mashman Bros. Ltd.

Portrait, ceramic and cork

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2009

Bernard O'Dowd, Poet, 1919 David Low
Bernard O'Dowd, Poet, 1919 David Low
Bernard O'Dowd, Poet, 1919 David Low

Bernard O'Dowd, Poet, 1919 David Low

Portrait, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Bob Croll of the AAA Vic., 1916 David Low
Bob Croll of the AAA Vic., 1916 David Low
Bob Croll of the AAA Vic., 1916 David Low

Bob Croll of the AAA Vic., 1916 David Low

Portrait, pencil, pen and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Sir Percy Spender, 1981 Alex Kolozsy
Sir Percy Spender, 1981 Alex Kolozsy
Sir Percy Spender, 1981 Alex Kolozsy

Sir Percy Spender, 1981 Alex Kolozsy

Portrait, cold cast bronze

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist and the New South Wales division of the Liberal Party of Australia 2004

The Billy Book, 1918 David Low
The Billy Book, 1918 David Low
The Billy Book, 1918 David Low

The Billy Book, 1918 David Low

Portrait, book

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Suzie Campbell 2001

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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.