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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.

Sir Kenneth Myer DSC AC
Sir Kenneth Myer DSC AC
Sir Kenneth Myer DSC AC

Sir Kenneth Myer DSC AC, 1985

Michael Meszaros
Portrait, cast bronze medallion on wood plaque

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Ray Marginson AM 2001

Sidney Myer
Sidney Myer
Sidney Myer

Sidney Myer, 1936

Paul Montford
Portrait, cast bronze on wooden base

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Coles Myer Ltd 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Kenneth Binns

Kenneth Binns

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1967

Portrait of Kenneth Rowell

Kenneth Rowell

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1973

Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE
Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE
Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE

Study for a portrait of Dame Merlyn Myer DBE, n.d.

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on masonite

Gift of the Estate of Marion Orme Page 2016

Kenneth Binns
Kenneth Binns
Kenneth Binns

Kenneth Binns, c. 1940s

Max Dupain OBE
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Danina Dupain Anderson 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Sir Kenneth Coles
Sir Kenneth Coles
Sir Kenneth Coles

Sir Kenneth Coles, c. 1979

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Coles Myer Ltd 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Kenneth Gillespie
Kenneth Gillespie
Kenneth Gillespie

Kenneth Gillespie, 2005

Dean Beletich
Portrait, silver gelatin photograph, selenium toned on paper

Purchased 2015

Portrait of Kenneth Rowell
Portrait of Kenneth Rowell
Portrait of Kenneth Rowell

Portrait of Kenneth Rowell, 1967

David Strachan
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Margaret Olley 2002. Transferred from the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Dame Margaret Scott
Dame Margaret Scott
Dame Margaret Scott

Dame Margaret Scott, 1949

Kenneth Rowell AM
Portrait, pen and ink, brush and ink and watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Professor Derek Denton AC and Dame Margaret Scott AC 2014
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Ken Catchpole
Ken Catchpole
Ken Catchpole

Ken Catchpole, 2014

Gary Grealy
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds from the Patrick Corrigan Portrait Commission Series 2014

Sidney Myer

Four from the 30s

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

Australia's tradition of sculpted portraits stretches back to the early decades of the nineteenth century and continues to sustain a group of dedicated sculptors.

MacKenzie family silhouette
MacKenzie family silhouette
MacKenzie family silhouette

MacKenzie family silhouette, 1846

Samuel Metford
Portrait, brush and ink, pen and ink, stencil cut-out with watercolour highlights on paper

Gift of the Estate of Nancy Wiseman 2007

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Mr Sidney Myer AM appointed inaugural President of the National Portrait Gallery’s Foundation

12 March 2015
Archived media releases 2015

Dr Helen Nugent AO, Chairman, National Portrait Gallery Board announced today the appointment of Mr Sidney Myer AM as the inaugural President of the newly established National Portrait Gallery Foundation.

Brian Quinn, Coles Myer
Brian Quinn, Coles Myer
Brian Quinn, Coles Myer

Brian Quinn, Coles Myer,

Joe Greenberg
Portrait, watercolour, crayon, coloured pencil, fibre-tipped pen and gouache on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2001

Sir Arthur Coles
Sir Arthur Coles
Sir Arthur Coles

Sir Arthur Coles, c. 1971

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Coles Myer Ltd 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Portrait of William Manning
Portrait of William Manning
Portrait of William Manning

Portrait of William Manning, c. 1821

Henry Bone
Portrait, enamel on copper plate

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2017

Sid Myer AM in front of Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown 1957 by Graham Sutherland. Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC, Tim Fairfax AC and the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2015.

Foundation

Our team

Chaired by Sid Myer AM, the National Portrait Gallery Foundation aims to grow a dynamic culture of giving such that donations and support may sustain ambitious Gallery projects into the future.

Sir Norman Coles
Sir Norman Coles
Sir Norman Coles

Sir Norman Coles,

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Coles Myer Ltd 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir Edgar Coles
Sir Edgar Coles
Sir Edgar Coles

Sir Edgar Coles, c. 1970

Sir William Dargie CBE
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Coles Myer Ltd 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Gordon and Marilyn Darling

Honour board

Support your Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges and thanks all its supporters.

Portrait of Professors Margaret Gardner and Glyn Davis
Portrait of Professors Margaret Gardner and Glyn Davis
Portrait of Professors Margaret Gardner and Glyn Davis

Portrait of Professors Margaret Gardner and Glyn Davis, 2017

Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Jim and Barbara Higgins, Sir Roderick Carnegie AC, Rupert Myer AO and Annabel Myer, Louise and Martyn Myer Foundation, Peter and Ruth McMullin, Diana Carlton, Professor Derek Denton AC, Harold Mitchell AC, Peter Jopling AM QC, Andrew and Liz Mackenzie, Patricia Patten, Tamie Fraser AO, Bruce Parncutt and Robin Campbell, Lauraine Diggins, Steven Skala AO and Lousje Skala 2017

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Supporters

$5,000 - $9,999
Honour board
Sid Myer AM

Foundation members announced

18 May 2015
Archived media releases 2015

The newly-established National Portrait Gallery Foundation met for its inaugural meeting last Friday 15 May in Canberra.

Sir George Coles
Sir George Coles
Sir George Coles

Sir George Coles, 1935

W B McInnes
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Coles Myer Ltd 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Bust of Frank McIlwraith
Bust of Frank McIlwraith
Bust of Frank McIlwraith

Bust of Frank McIlwraith, 1937

Barbara Tribe
Portrait, cast bronze, patinated

Gift of the Estate of the late Barbara Tribe 2009

Sid Myer AM

Foundation Members

Foundation

Chairman Mr Sid Myer AM, Mrs Marilyn Darling AC, Mr Tim Fairfax AC, Mr John Liangis, Dr Helen Nugent AO, Mr Ross Adler AC, Mr Tim Bednall and Nigel Satterley AM.

Self portrait

Favourite books of our Friends

Circle of Friends

A list of books our Friends nominated as their favourite

Sid Myer AM in front of Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown 1957 by Graham Sutherland. Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC, Tim Fairfax AC and the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2015.

Foundation

Support your Portrait Gallery

The Foundation encourages gifts, donations, bequests and legacies in service of the Gallery's mission.

Dr Helen Nugent AO

The Board

Governance & Board

The Board oversees the Gallery's strategic directions, objectives and governance.

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Fay Zwicky, c. 1981 (printed 2018)

Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2018

The Merioola Group
The Merioola Group
The Merioola Group

The Merioola Group, 1940s

Alec Murray
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2008
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.

Tan Le
Tan Le
Tan Le

Tan Le, 2018

John Tsiavis
Portrait, transparency between mirror substrates in LED lightbox

Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

Ruby Hunter
Ruby Hunter
Ruby Hunter

Ruby Hunter, 1996 (printed 2012)

Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Caroline Jones
Caroline Jones
Caroline Jones

Caroline Jones, 1978

David Campbell
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of Elizabeth Campbell-MacKenzie on behalf of the family of David Campbell 2012

Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River
Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River
Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River

Ali Cobby Eckermann and Lionel Fogarty at the Hawkesbury River, 2014

Juno Gemes
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Purchased 2015

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman, 2020

Vincent Fantauzzo
Portrait, oil on canvas

Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation and Paul Dainty AM and Donna Dainty 2020

Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown
Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown

Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown, 1957

Graham Sutherland
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC, Tim Fairfax AC and the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2015

Self portrait with Bottlebrush
Self portrait with Bottlebrush
Self portrait with Bottlebrush

Self portrait with Bottlebrush, 1991

Margaret Olley AC
Portrait, oil on board

Purchased with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC and the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2021

Margaret Seares

Margaret Seares, 2018

by Cherry Hood
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

What the tree saw: David Foster
What the tree saw: David Foster
What the tree saw: David Foster

What the tree saw: David Foster, 2018

Jacqui Stockdale
Portrait, inkjet print and oil on canvas, mounted with inset axe pendant

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

Mirka by Mirka
Mirka by Mirka
Mirka by Mirka

Mirka by Mirka, 2000

Mirka Mora
Portrait, oil on canvas

Purchased with funds provided by The Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2021

Michelle Simmons
Michelle Simmons
Michelle Simmons

Michelle Simmons, 2018

Selina Ou
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

Margaret Seares
Margaret Seares
Margaret Seares

Margaret Seares, 2018

Cherry Hood
Portrait, watercolour on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

Michelle Simmons

Michelle Simmons, 2018

by Selina Ou
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

What the tree saw: David Foster

What the tree saw: David Foster, 2018

by Jacqui Stockdale
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

Portrait of Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke (Sass & Bide)
Portrait of Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke (Sass & Bide)
Portrait of Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke (Sass & Bide)

Portrait of Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke (Sass & Bide), 2008

Deborah Paauwe
Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2008

Florence Cardell-Oliver
Florence Cardell-Oliver
Florence Cardell-Oliver

Florence Cardell-Oliver, n.d.

Broothorn Studios
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper laid on photography studio backing board

Gift of Chris Nielsen 2016

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Donors

$10,000 - $49,999
Honour board
Tan Le

Tan Le, 2018

by John Tsiavis
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by the Sid and Fiona Myer Family Foundation 2018

Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill

Top of the pops to golden guitars

General content

The Seekers, John Farnham and Lee Kernaghan

Geoffrey Tozer
Geoffrey Tozer
Geoffrey Tozer

Geoffrey Tozer, 1966

Rollo Thomson
Portrait, oil on canvas board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Geoffrey Tozer 2012

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Donald Friend, 1987

Greg Weight
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

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Donald Friend at Owl Creek, 1983

Lawrence Daws
Portrait, ink and charcoal on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lawrence Daws 2012
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

In their own words

Audio-guide
Apps

In their own words is an audio-guide with a difference. We let the portraits of these remarkable Australians speak for themselves.

Photograph of Jade Breen by Cathy Breen

Bogong Cluster

Socially connected, physically distant
Event, Daily until Saturday 30 April

In these uncertain times, with physical gatherings restricted, we can all still recall major events such as the bogong moth migration, and remain connected to each other through nature.

Cate Blanchett

Australians in Hollywood

Previous exhibition, 2003

Although perceived to be a recent phenomenon, the 'Aussie invasion' of Hollywood can actually be traced as far back as the early 1900s

Thomas Sutcliffe Mort and his wife Theresa

Husbands and Wives

Photographic Portraits from 19th Century Australia
Previous exhibition, 2010

'I have just been to my dressing case to take a peep at you.

Paul Kelly

Before Too Long

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2004

The story behind the creation of the portrait of singer-songwriter Paul Kelly by the artist Jon Campbell.

William Bligh

Welcome home, Captain Bligh

27 March 2015
Archived media releases 2015

The National Portrait Gallery will, next Tuesday, unveil an exciting new acquisition of irrefutable importance to all Australians. Portrait of William Bligh, in master’s uniform c. 1776, attributed to John Webber, is one of the earliest portraits of the contentious, historical figure, and extends the Gallery’s remarkable collection of early colonial portraits.

MacKenzie family silhouette

All there in black and white

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

The National Portrait Gallery acquired a beguiling silhouette group portrait by Samuel Metford, an English artist who spent periods of his working life in America.

Gail Kelly

Gail Kelly, 2018

by Paul Newton
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Westpac Group and Optus 2018

Equation of a life - a portrait of Professor Derek Denton

Equation of a life – a portrait of Derek Denton

9 September 2016
Archived media releases 2016

The National Portrait Gallery, has welcomed the newest portrait commission of Emeritus Professor Derek Denton AC by Evert Ploeg.

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.

Announcing.... In their own words

24 November 2020
Archived media releases 2020

Inspiring Australians tell their own stories in a unique new gallery audio tour, developed in collaboration with the National Library of Australia.

Andy Thomas

Uncommon Australians

The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling
Previous exhibition, 2015

This exhibition showcases portraits acquired through the generosity of the National Portrait Gallery’s Founding Patrons, L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC.

Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown

Philanthropic donations enable otherwise unobtainable acquisition

20 October 2016
Archived media releases 2016

A magnanimous portrait of Helena Rubinstein has been acquired for the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Jessie Street

Worth her salt

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Jerrold Nathan's portrait of Jessie Street shows the elegant side of a many-faceted lady.

Sir Lindesay Clark

The Stories Beneath

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005
The Alcoa World Alumina Australia gift.
Portrait of Lady Eyre Williams (Jessie Gibbon)

Chance encounter

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2009

Joanna Gilmour explores the life and times of one of Melbourne's early socialites, Jessie Eyre Williams.

Helena Rubinstein in a red brocade Balenciaga gown

Study in scarlet

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2018

Angus Trumble reflects on the force of nature that was Helena Rubinstein.

Adrian Rawlins

Earth to earth

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr Sarah Engledow discusses the recent gift of works by David Campbell.

Captain W Kinghorne

The bright-eyed Mariner

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2008
A new colonial portrait brings a zealous captain near.
The Right Honourable Sir Ninian Stephen KGAK GCMG GCVO KBE QC, 2006 by Rick Amor

Prima facie

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2019

Sarah Engledow casts a judicious eye over portraits in the Victorian Bar’s Peter O’Callaghan QC Portrait Gallery.

Howard Taylor

Reflections on portraiture

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2004

An extract from the 2004 Nuala O'Flaaherty Memorial Lecture at the Queen Victoria Musuem and Art Gallery in Launceston in which Andrew Sayers reflects on the unique qualities of a portrait gallery.

The Bare story

General content

Curator, Penny Grist, reveals how this exhibition came to be

Sidney Nolan, Western Australia

Cultural kaleidoscope

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

The complex connections between four creative Australians; Patrick White, Sidney Nolan, Robert Helpmann and Peter Sculthorpe.

Artist and wife near Arthurs Seat, 1969

Through blue eyes

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2009

Works by Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan bring the desert, the misty seashore and the hot Monaro plains to exhibition Open Air: Portraits in the landscape.

The family

Big bouquet of Blackmans

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Dr. Sarah Engledow explores the context surrounding Charles Blackman's portrait of Judith Wright, Jack McKinney and their daughter Meredith.

The Long Awaited, 2008 by Patricia Piccinini

In the flesh

Magazine article by Penelope Grist, 2015

An exhibition of humanness in ten themes by Penelope Grist.

Patrick White at Centennial Park, 1979–1980

Listomania

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2013

Sarah Engledow describes the fall-out once Brett Whiteley stuck Patrick White’s list of his loves and hates onto his great portrait of the writer.

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Portrait Donors

Listed by year
Honour board
Dr Reg Hook

Inner Worlds and psychoanalysis

Lecture, 4 June 2011
General content

Inner Worlds evokes a broad view of psychology as a discipline. However, the specific interests of the practitioners whose portraits are included in the exhibition incorporate specialist areas including psychoanalysis.

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