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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.

John Sumner
John Sumner
John Sumner

John Sumner, 1976

Jim Paterson
Portrait, synthetic polymer paint and dry pigment on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Jim Paterson 2004

Chang the Chinese giant and party
Chang the Chinese giant and party
Chang the Chinese giant and party

Chang the Chinese giant and party, c. 1871

Paterson Brothers
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

James Macpherson Grant
James Macpherson Grant
James Macpherson Grant

James Macpherson Grant, c. 1870s

Paterson Brothers
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John McPhee 2018

Melbourne University with six portraits of Melbourne Anglican clergymen; Bishop Perry, Rev Clarke, Rev. Waugh, Rev. Henderson, Rev. Dr Cairns, Rev. Bailey
Melbourne University with six portraits of Melbourne Anglican clergymen; Bishop Perry, Rev Clarke, Rev. Waugh, Rev. Henderson, Rev. Dr Cairns, Rev. Bailey
Melbourne University with six portraits of Melbourne Anglican clergymen; Bishop Perry, Rev Clarke, Rev. Waugh, Rev. Henderson, Rev. Dr Cairns, Rev. Bailey

Melbourne University with six portraits of Melbourne Anglican clergymen; Bishop Perry, Rev Clarke, Rev. Waugh, Rev. Henderson, Rev. Dr Cairns, Rev. Bailey, c. 1871

Paterson Brothers
Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Arthur Streeton

The 1890s to the 1940s

Mo and beard timeline

Although the tough, weathered, hard-drinking bushmen of the kind mythologised by writers like Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson are popularly associated with the character of late nineteenth century Australia, it was also a time when alternative ideas about identity began to come into play.

Kevin Rudd

An Australian story

Magazine article by Hon. Kevin Rudd, 2009

In his speech launching the new National Portrait Gallery building on 3 December 2008, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd set the Gallery in a national and historical context.

Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie

Sure thing

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2009

Blue Mountain, Owner, Trainer, Jockey, James Scobie 1887 by Frederick Woodhouse Snr. is a portrait of James Scobie, well known jockey and eminent horse trainer.

Jessie Street

First Ladies

Significant Australian Women 1913–2013
Previous exhibition, 2013

First Ladies profiles women who have achieved noteworthy firsts over the past 100 years.

Ned Kelly death mask

Sideshow Alley

Infamy, the macabre & the portrait
Previous exhibition, 2015

Death masks, post-mortem drawings and other spooky and disquieting portraits... Come and see how portraits of infamous Australians were used in the 19th century.

Billy Hughes paperweight

Mugshots

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

A toast to the acquisition of an unconventional new portrait of former Prime Minister, Stanley Melbourne Bruce.

Ray Lawler

Diamond Doll

Magazine article by Karen Vickery, 2016

Karen Vickery delights in a thespian thread of the Australian yarn.

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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.

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