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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.

Portrait of Sir James Oswald Fairfax
Portrait of Sir James Oswald Fairfax
Portrait of Sir James Oswald Fairfax

Portrait of Sir James Oswald Fairfax, 1929

W.A. Bowring
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Sir James Reading Fairfax
Sir James Reading Fairfax
Sir James Reading Fairfax

Sir James Reading Fairfax, 1898

Tom Roberts
Portrait, oil on canvas laid on board

Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

James Oswald Fairfax
James Oswald Fairfax
James Oswald Fairfax

James Oswald Fairfax, c. 1991

Bryan Westwood
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

James Oswald Fairfax

The Fairfax Gift

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

This article examines the portraits gifted to the National Portrait Gallery by Fairfax Holdings in 2003.

'The portraits of Captain Cook'

An interview with Betty Churcher
Portrait story

Betty Churcher describes the creation of the portrait of Captain James Cook in the National Portrait Gallery.

The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia
The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia
The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia

The Catholic Hierarchy of Australia, 1869

Archibald McDonald, Henry Samuel Sadd
Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Jeanne Little

Portrait Play Takeaway

Event, Daily from Saturday 4 December 2021

Pop on your spy goggles and become an art detective. It’s all in the details! Search for clues!

The Witching Hour - Elena Kats-Chernin

Little faces

Event, Starts Wednesday 23 February

Little Faces is for babies and toddlers (with their grown up) to play, sing and have fun discovering a portrait together.

Dreaming with drawings, waltzing with words

Telling your story with Cheryl Orsini
Event, Thursday 20 January

Join illustrator and author Cheryl Orsini, in this magical workshop as she helps you weave words and pictures to tell your story.

Lockdown bubble, 2021 Nick Stubbings

Family Space

Memory (play) space
Event, Daily from Friday 24 December

This school holidays, remember to drop into the free Memory (play) space to explore the sights, smells and sounds that bring back your special memories! Through creative activity, children, their friends and families are welcome to share the stories that shaped them.

Cheryl Orsini

Dreaming with drawings, waltzing with words

Telling your story with Cheryl Orsini
Event, Thursday 20 January

Join us online for a magical workshop with illustrator and author, Cheryl Orsini, as she guides you to weave words and pictures to tell a story.

Dancing With Memories by Sally Yule

Story time

Dancing With Memories
Event, Friday 21 January

Make some moving memories with us! Dancing With Memories author Sally Yule will join us onsite for a special reading of her book.

Dancing With Memories by Sally Yule

Story time

Dancing With Memories
Event, Friday 21 January

Make some moving memories with us! Dancing With Memories author Sally Yule will join us for a special reading of her book.

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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 past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

This website comprises and contains copyrighted materials and works. Copyright in all materials and/or works comprising or contained within this website remains with the National Portrait Gallery and other copyright owners as specified.

The National Portrait Gallery respects the artistic and intellectual property rights of others. The use of images of works of art reproduced on this website and all other content may be restricted under the Australian Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). Requests for a reproduction of a work of art or other content can be made through a Reproduction request. For further information please contact NPG Copyright.

The National Portrait Gallery is an Australian Government Agency