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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.

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Malcolm Fraser, 1990 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley
Malcolm Fraser, 1990 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley
Malcolm Fraser, 1990 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Malcolm Fraser, 1990 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

First study for portrait of Malcolm Fraser, 1981 Bryan Westwood
First study for portrait of Malcolm Fraser, 1981 Bryan Westwood
First study for portrait of Malcolm Fraser, 1981 Bryan Westwood

First study for portrait of Malcolm Fraser, 1981 Bryan Westwood

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

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Malcolm Fraser, Randwick Racecourse, 1975 (printed 2002) Roger Scott

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2012

Malcolm, 1976 Frank Hinder
Malcolm, 1976 Frank Hinder
Malcolm, 1976 Frank Hinder

Malcolm, 1976 Frank Hinder

Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Enid Hawkins 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Malcolm Fraser Louis Kahan
Malcolm Fraser Louis Kahan
Malcolm Fraser Louis Kahan

Malcolm Fraser, Louis Kahan

Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Lily Kahan 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Malcolm Fraser, 1990 (printed 2010) Bill McAuley

Country man

Magazine article by Angus Trumble, 2015

Angus Trumble’s tribute to the late Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser.

At Thurulgoona - Mrs Tamara 'Tamie' Fraser AO, 2018 Evert Ploeg
At Thurulgoona - Mrs Tamara 'Tamie' Fraser AO, 2018 Evert Ploeg
At Thurulgoona - Mrs Tamara 'Tamie' Fraser AO, 2018 Evert Ploeg

At Thurulgoona - Mrs Tamara 'Tamie' Fraser AO, 2018 Evert Ploeg

Portrait, oil on linen

Courtesy of the Australiana Fund

Dawn Fraser, 1963 David Moore
Dawn Fraser, 1963 David Moore
Dawn Fraser, 1963 David Moore

Dawn Fraser, 1963 David Moore

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1998

Malcolm Williamson, 1948 an unknown artist
Malcolm Williamson, 1948 an unknown artist
Malcolm Williamson, 1948 an unknown artist

Malcolm Williamson, 1948 an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Diane Williamson and Marion Foote 2013

Dawn Fraser, 1998 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan
Dawn Fraser, 1998 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan
Dawn Fraser, 1998 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan

Dawn Fraser, 1998 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Miss Robertson of Colac (Dolly), 1885-86

Brothers on farms

Magazine article by Malcolm Robertson, 2011

Malcolm Robertson tells the family history of one of Australia's earliest patrons of the arts, his Scottish born great great great grandfather, William Robertson.

After Ophelia: Fiona Foley at Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island (Referencing Ophelia by John Everett Millais), 1994 Juno Gemes
After Ophelia: Fiona Foley at Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island (Referencing Ophelia by John Everett Millais), 1994 Juno Gemes
After Ophelia: Fiona Foley at Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island (Referencing Ophelia by John Everett Millais), 1994 Juno Gemes

After Ophelia: Fiona Foley at Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island (Referencing Ophelia by John Everett Millais), 1994 Juno Gemes

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2008

Gough and John, 1981 Peter van der Veer
Gough and John, 1981 Peter van der Veer
Gough and John, 1981 Peter van der Veer

Gough and John, 1981 Peter van der Veer

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005

The Hon E.G. Whitlam AC QC, 1980 Graeme Inson
The Hon E.G. Whitlam AC QC, 1980 Graeme Inson
The Hon E.G. Whitlam AC QC, 1980 Graeme Inson

The Hon E.G. Whitlam AC QC, 1980 Graeme Inson

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2002

Whitlam & Snedden, 1974 Frank Hinder
Whitlam & Snedden, 1974 Frank Hinder
Whitlam & Snedden, 1974 Frank Hinder

Whitlam & Snedden, 1974 Frank Hinder

Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Enid Hawkins 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

John Gorton, 1970 Victor Greenhalgh
John Gorton, 1970 Victor Greenhalgh
John Gorton, 1970 Victor Greenhalgh

John Gorton, 1970 Victor Greenhalgh

Portrait, terracotta

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Paul and Wendy Greenhalgh 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

John Gorton, 1997 Nathan Kelly
John Gorton, 1997 Nathan Kelly
John Gorton, 1997 Nathan Kelly

John Gorton, 1997 Nathan Kelly

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

Self portrait, 1962 Arnold Shore
Self portrait, 1962 Arnold Shore
Self portrait, 1962 Arnold Shore

Self portrait, 1962 Arnold Shore

Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Shore 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

John Gorton, 1970 (cast 1999) Victor Greenhalgh
John Gorton, 1970 (cast 1999) Victor Greenhalgh
John Gorton, 1970 (cast 1999) Victor Greenhalgh

John Gorton, 1970 (cast 1999) Victor Greenhalgh

Portrait, cast bronze

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Cast 1999 from terracotta donated by Paul and Wendy Greenhalgh 1999

Dawn Fraser, 1998 (printed 2001) Peter Brew-Bevan

Out of the blocks Early sporting fame

General content

Dawn Fraser, Lionel Rose, Shane Gould and Cathy Freeman

Preparatory study for the portrait of the Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 Jiawei Shen
Preparatory study for the portrait of the Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 Jiawei Shen
Preparatory study for the portrait of the Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 Jiawei Shen

Preparatory study for the portrait of the Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 Jiawei Shen

Portrait, ball point pen on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull 2003

Sir Zelman Cowen, 1982 Andrew Sibley
Sir Zelman Cowen, 1982 Andrew Sibley
Sir Zelman Cowen, 1982 Andrew Sibley

Sir Zelman Cowen, 1982 Andrew Sibley

Portrait, pencil, brush and ink on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Preparatory study of Tom Hughes, 2003 Jiawei Shen
Preparatory study of Tom Hughes, 2003 Jiawei Shen
Preparatory study of Tom Hughes, 2003 Jiawei Shen

Preparatory study of Tom Hughes, 2003 Jiawei Shen

Portrait, brown chalk and pastel on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull 2003

Maria Dowling and her children Leura, Bessie, Selina, Jane, Jack, Ben and Joe Dowling  [Selina Dowling, Jane Dowling, Maria Jane Dowling (née Ware), John Ware Dowling, Joseph Dowling, Benjamin Dowling, Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, Leura Dowling, c. 1859 an unknown artist
Maria Dowling and her children Leura, Bessie, Selina, Jane, Jack, Ben and Joe Dowling  [Selina Dowling, Jane Dowling, Maria Jane Dowling (née Ware), John Ware Dowling, Joseph Dowling, Benjamin Dowling, Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, Leura Dowling, c. 1859 an unknown artist
Maria Dowling and her children Leura, Bessie, Selina, Jane, Jack, Ben and Joe Dowling  [Selina Dowling, Jane Dowling, Maria Jane Dowling (née Ware), John Ware Dowling, Joseph Dowling, Benjamin Dowling, Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, Leura Dowling, c. 1859 an unknown artist

Maria Dowling and her children Leura, Bessie, Selina, Jane, Jack, Ben and Joe Dowling [Selina Dowling, Jane Dowling, Maria Jane Dowling (née Ware), John Ware Dowling, Joseph Dowling, Benjamin Dowling, Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, Leura Dowling, c. 1859 an unknown artist

Portrait, ambrotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

William St Leonards Robertson (standing) beside an unidentified man, early 1880s an unknown artist
William St Leonards Robertson (standing) beside an unidentified man, early 1880s an unknown artist
William St Leonards Robertson (standing) beside an unidentified man, early 1880s an unknown artist

William St Leonards Robertson (standing) beside an unidentified man, early 1880s an unknown artist

Portrait, ambrotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Leura Dowling, c. 1861 an unknown artist
Leura Dowling, c. 1861 an unknown artist
Leura Dowling, c. 1861 an unknown artist

Leura Dowling, c. 1861 an unknown artist

Portrait, ambrotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Maria Jane Dowling, c. 1862 an unknown artist
Maria Jane Dowling, c. 1862 an unknown artist
Maria Jane Dowling, c. 1862 an unknown artist

Maria Jane Dowling, c. 1862 an unknown artist

Portrait, ambrotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Dowling family portrait [Selina, Jane, Leura and Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, c. 1862 an unknown artist
Dowling family portrait [Selina, Jane, Leura and Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, c. 1862 an unknown artist
Dowling family portrait [Selina, Jane, Leura and Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, c. 1862 an unknown artist

Dowling family portrait [Selina, Jane, Leura and Elizabeth (Bessie) Dowling, c. 1862 an unknown artist

Portrait, ambrotype

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke, c. 1976 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane
Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke, c. 1976 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane
Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke, c. 1976 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane

Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke, c. 1976 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

The Hon. James Whyte, c. 1874 John Hubert Newman
The Hon. James Whyte, c. 1874 John Hubert Newman
The Hon. James Whyte, c. 1874 John Hubert Newman

The Hon. James Whyte, c. 1874 John Hubert Newman

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Portrait of a young man, held to be John Robertson, c. 1852 an unknown artist
Portrait of a young man, held to be John Robertson, c. 1852 an unknown artist
Portrait of a young man, held to be John Robertson, c. 1852 an unknown artist

Portrait of a young man, held to be John Robertson, c. 1852 an unknown artist

Portrait, daguerreotype, hand-coloured

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir Zelman Cowen, 2000 Wes Walters
Sir Zelman Cowen, 2000 Wes Walters
Sir Zelman Cowen, 2000 Wes Walters

Sir Zelman Cowen, 2000 Wes Walters

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Marc Besen AO and Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE 2000

William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida], 1860s - 1870s Various
William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida], 1860s - 1870s Various
William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida], 1860s - 1870s Various

William and Martha Mary Robertson and their children [William St Leonards, Eliza, John, William St Leonards on a horse, Beatrice and Ida], 1860s - 1870s Various

Portrait, eight carte de visite, hand-coloured contained in red leather concertina presentation case

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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Album of cartes de visite and cabinet cards compiled by William St Leonards Robertson, 1860s - c. 1900 Various

Portrait, 24 page brown leather bound album of 119 cartes de visite and 16 cabinet card photographs

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Tilman Ruff, 2019 Nikki Toole
Tilman Ruff, 2019 Nikki Toole
Tilman Ruff, 2019 Nikki Toole

Tilman Ruff, 2019 Nikki Toole

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Sir Ian McLennan, c. 1978 Bryan Westwood
Sir Ian McLennan, c. 1978 Bryan Westwood
Sir Ian McLennan, c. 1978 Bryan Westwood

Sir Ian McLennan, c. 1978 Bryan Westwood

Portrait, oil on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of BHP Billiton 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir Ian Potter, 1973 Bryan Westwood
Sir Ian Potter, 1973 Bryan Westwood
Sir Ian Potter, 1973 Bryan Westwood

Sir Ian Potter, 1973 Bryan Westwood

Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Lady Primrose Potter 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sketch for portrait of Justin O'Brien, 1980 Bryan Westwood
Sketch for portrait of Justin O'Brien, 1980 Bryan Westwood
Sketch for portrait of Justin O'Brien, 1980 Bryan Westwood

Sketch for portrait of Justin O'Brien, 1980 Bryan Westwood

Portrait, oil with fibre-tipped pen underdrawing on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Margaret Olley Art Trust 2002

The Dipper

The Dipper

Moustaches

One of the versions of thick, macho moustache strongly associated in the Australian visual lexicon with sportsmen of the 1970s and 80s.

Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory, 1988 (printed 2015) Sue Ford
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory, 1988 (printed 2015) Sue Ford
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory, 1988 (printed 2015) Sue Ford

Discussion between Bob Hawke and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory, 1988 (printed 2015) Sue Ford

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Angus Young, AC/DC, LA, 1978 Rennie Ellis

Oz Rock Gettin’ robbed, gettin’ stoned, gettin’ beat up, broken boned

General content

Two of the music industry’s highest-selling performers originated in suburban Australia. The Bee Gees started out in Brisbane, for instance, and AC/DC played their first gigs at a nightclub in inner Sydney.

Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 Jiawei Shen
Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 Jiawei Shen
Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 Jiawei Shen

Hon Tom Hughes QC, 2001 Jiawei Shen

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull 2003

Sidney Nolan, 1964 Axel Poignant
Sidney Nolan, 1964 Axel Poignant
Sidney Nolan, 1964 Axel Poignant

Sidney Nolan, 1964 Axel Poignant

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003

Peter de Waal and Peter Bonsall-Boone, St Kilda, October 1966 Unknown artist

Committed to the cause and each other

Devotion

Love versus the law

Fiona Foley in her studio at Hervey Bay, 1994 Juno Gemes
Fiona Foley in her studio at Hervey Bay, 1994 Juno Gemes
Fiona Foley in her studio at Hervey Bay, 1994 Juno Gemes

Fiona Foley in her studio at Hervey Bay, 1994 Juno Gemes

Portrait, inkjet print on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Self portrait, 1988 Sidney Nolan

Nolan Heads

Previous exhibition, 2001

Nolan Heads will focus on the portraiture of one of Australia's most original painters and one of the few to have achieved an international reputation

Bill Leak, 1999 Simon Obarzanek
Bill Leak, 1999 Simon Obarzanek
Bill Leak, 1999 Simon Obarzanek

Bill Leak, 1999 Simon Obarzanek

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002

John Howard and Janette Howard, 2000 Josonia Palaitis
John Howard and Janette Howard, 2000 Josonia Palaitis
John Howard and Janette Howard, 2000 Josonia Palaitis

John Howard and Janette Howard, 2000 Josonia Palaitis

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by the Founding Patron, L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2000

Gary Foley, Invasion Day - We Have Survived, 1988 Juno Gemes
Gary Foley, Invasion Day - We Have Survived, 1988 Juno Gemes
Gary Foley, Invasion Day - We Have Survived, 1988 Juno Gemes

Gary Foley, Invasion Day - We Have Survived, 1988 Juno Gemes

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

The Honourable J.J. Carlton with Cravat, 2000 Esther Erlich
The Honourable J.J. Carlton with Cravat, 2000 Esther Erlich
The Honourable J.J. Carlton with Cravat, 2000 Esther Erlich

The Honourable J.J. Carlton with Cravat, 2000 Esther Erlich

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of an anonymous donor 2001
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew, early 1880s Hills & Saunders
William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew, early 1880s Hills & Saunders
William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew, early 1880s Hills & Saunders

William St Leonards Robertson and the Oxford boat race crew, early 1880s Hills & Saunders

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011 TextaQueen
Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011 TextaQueen
Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011 TextaQueen

Creature from the Black Platoon starring Gary Foley 2011, 2011 TextaQueen

Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Dr Roberta Sykes and Naomi, 1994 Juno Gemes
Dr Roberta Sykes and Naomi, 1994 Juno Gemes
Dr Roberta Sykes and Naomi, 1994 Juno Gemes

Dr Roberta Sykes and Naomi, 1994 Juno Gemes

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Akira Isogawa, 2001 Peter Brew-Bevan

Peter Brew-Bevan Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2005

In this exhibition Sydney based photographer Peter Brew-Bevan brings together an intimate collection of works that highlight his passion for the genre of portraiture over the last 10 years

"Lao Fei" Stephen FitzGerald, 2003 Dalu Zhao

Recollections of a sinologist sitter

Magazine article by Professor Stephen FitzGerald AO, 2016

Professor Stephen Fitzgerald, Australia’s first Ambassador to China, traces the historical course from sino-australian cultural engagement to a maturing Australian identity.

Self portrait, 2005 Rick Amor
Self portrait, 2005 Rick Amor
Self portrait, 2005 Rick Amor

Self portrait, 2005 Rick Amor

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Self portrait, 1999 Rick Amor
Self portrait, 1999 Rick Amor
Self portrait, 1999 Rick Amor

Self portrait, 1999 Rick Amor

Portrait, etching on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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Donors $10,000 - $49,999

Honour board
Colin Friels, n.d. Stuart Campbell
Colin Friels, n.d. Stuart Campbell
Colin Friels, n.d. Stuart Campbell

Colin Friels, n.d. Stuart Campbell

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Stuart Campbell 2012

Oodgeroo Noonuccal at Moongalba, 1982 Juno Gemes

Proof Portraits from The Movement 1978-2003

Previous exhibition, 2003

Portraits from The Movement is the first comprehensive survey of photographs from the Juno Gemes archive, which has supported the Aboriginal struggle for justice in Australia from 1978 to the present day.

Mungo MacCallum, press gallery cricket, 1973 Frank Hinder
Mungo MacCallum, press gallery cricket, 1973 Frank Hinder
Mungo MacCallum, press gallery cricket, 1973 Frank Hinder

Mungo MacCallum, press gallery cricket, 1973 Frank Hinder

Portrait, fibre-tipped pen on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Enid Hawkins 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh
Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh
Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh

Sketch for portrait of Tom Uren, 1972 Clifton Pugh

Portrait, oil and enamel on hardboard

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Tom Uren's family 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Self portrait, 1988 Sidney Nolan
Self portrait, 1988 Sidney Nolan
Self portrait, 1988 Sidney Nolan

Self portrait, 1988 Sidney Nolan

Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Hon RL Hunter QC 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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.

Sidney Nolan, Western Australia, 1962 (printed 2000) David Moore
Sidney Nolan, Western Australia, 1962 (printed 2000) David Moore
Sidney Nolan, Western Australia, 1962 (printed 2000) David Moore

Sidney Nolan, Western Australia, 1962 (printed 2000) David Moore

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Cathy Freeman, 1994

Depth of Field

Magazine article by Lauren Dalla, 2004

The exhibition Depth of Field displays a selection of portrait photographs that reflect the strength and diversity of Australian achievement.

Guthugga Pipeline, Christmas Show, upstairs, The (old) Griffin Centre, Civic, 22 December 1979. Crowd, L-R : Ben Donaldson, Anne Redmond, Nick Vollis, Esa  Makela, Megan Woodrow (Mohawk), Andy Hall (scarf) 'pling

Capital Cool Stop in all the byways, playin' rock 'n roll

General content

Outsiders tend to give Canberra a bad rap: sterile, plagued by politicians, a comatose capital for professionals and academics. Nick Cave once said he didn’t like the city because there were too many punks.

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Supporters $5,000 - $9,999

Honour board
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Shane Gould

Biography

Born the year that Dawn Fraser won her first Olympic Gold medal, Shane Gould (b.1956) in her very brief international career, became one of the world’s greatest female swimmers.

Maggie Tabberer, 2015 Alana Landsberry
Maggie Tabberer, 2015 Alana Landsberry
Maggie Tabberer, 2015 Alana Landsberry

Maggie Tabberer, 2015 Alana Landsberry

Portrait, type C photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Alana Landsberry and Bauer Media Australia 2019

Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 (printed 2010) Rennie Ellis
Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 (printed 2010) Rennie Ellis
Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 (printed 2010) Rennie Ellis

Bon Scott & Angus Young, Atlanta, Georgia, 1978 (printed 2010) Rennie Ellis

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2010

Portrait of Professors Margaret Gardner and Glyn Davis, 2017 Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait of Professors Margaret Gardner and Glyn Davis, 2017 Jacqueline Mitelman
Portrait of Professors Margaret Gardner and Glyn Davis, 2017 Jacqueline Mitelman

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

Sidney Nolan, Western Australia, 1962 (printed 2000) David Moore

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.

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

Rick Amor 21 Portraits 20 November 2014

Archived media releases 2014

Press releases and image downloads for media.

Mal Meninga, 2018 Peter Hudson
Mal Meninga, 2018 Peter Hudson
Mal Meninga, 2018 Peter Hudson

Mal Meninga, 2018 Peter Hudson

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Commissioned with funds provided by Maliganis Edwards Johnson and Alan Dodge AM 2018

Murray Rose, Jon Henricks and John Devitt, 1955 Ern McQuillan
Murray Rose, Jon Henricks and John Devitt, 1955 Ern McQuillan
Murray Rose, Jon Henricks and John Devitt, 1955 Ern McQuillan

Murray Rose, Jon Henricks and John Devitt, 1955 Ern McQuillan

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2004

Margaret Robertson, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Margaret Robertson, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill
Margaret Robertson, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Margaret Robertson, c. 1863 Batchelder & O'Neill

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Margaret Whitlam, 2005 Sahlan Hayes

Open Air Portraits in the Landscape

Previous exhibition, 2008

Open Air is an exhibition of portraits of Australians in environments of particular significance to them.

Lee Kernaghan near Broken Hill, 2005 Ian Jennings

Australian of the Year Inspiring a Nation

Previous exhibition, 2010

The Australian of the Year Awards have often provoked controversy about who is selected and whether their achievements are remarkable.

Lillie Langtry, c. 1885 W & D Downey
Lillie Langtry, c. 1885 W & D Downey
Lillie Langtry, c. 1885 W & D Downey

Lillie Langtry, c. 1885 W & D Downey

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Johnny O'Keefe "A little bit louder now...", 1999 Ivan Durrant

Making Portraits Five Years of National Portrait Gallery Commissions

Previous exhibition, 2004

The considered matching of artist to subject has produced an amazing collection of unique and original works in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery

Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney, 1984 (printed 2000) David Moore

A Captured Moment

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2001

The acquisition of David Moore's archive of portrait photographs for the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn
William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn
William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn

William Robertson and Martha Mary Robertson, 1863 William Edward Kilburn

Portrait, carte de visite photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Martha Mary Robertson, 1866 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Martha Mary Robertson, 1866 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
Martha Mary Robertson, 1866 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Martha Mary Robertson, 1866 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Portrait, albumen photograph on carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor
Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor
Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor

Sketch of Clifton Pugh painting John Perceval, 1985 Rick Amor

Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2016

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

Rick Amor 21 Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2014

Rick Amor, noblest yet most unaffected of contemporary Australian portraitists, is also a painter of enigmatic, ominous landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes that haunt the viewer like dreams, dimly-recalled.

William St. Leonards Robertson, c. 1869 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
William St. Leonards Robertson, c. 1869 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co
William St. Leonards Robertson, c. 1869 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

William St. Leonards Robertson, c. 1869 Johnstone O'Shannessy & Co

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

William Robertson, 1866 Thomas Adams Hill
William Robertson, 1866 Thomas Adams Hill
William Robertson, 1866 Thomas Adams Hill

William Robertson, 1866 Thomas Adams Hill

Portrait, albumen paper carte de visite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Malcolm Robertson in memory of William Thomas Robertson 2018
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Margot Rhys, 1935 by Athol Shmith

Progressive pictures

Magazine article by Aimee Board, 2017

Athol Shmith’s photographs contributed to the emergence of a new vision of Australian womanhood.

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

Depth of Field Portrait Photography from the Collection

Previous exhibition, 2004

Over the last five years the National Portrait Gallery has developed a collection of portrait photographs that reflects both the strength and diversity of Australian achievement as well as the talents of our photographers.

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.

Peter Wilmoth, age 12, with copies of Our World 1974 Courtesy of the author

Paper, boy

Magazine article by Peter Wilmoth, 2016

Peter Wilmoth’s boy-journalist toolkit for antagonising an Australian political giant.

Barry Gibb, 1970-71 Rennie Ellis

The 1950s to the present day

Mo and beard timeline

Certain European leaders (needless to name) had the effect of making certain styles of facial hair decidedly undesirable in the years immediately after World War 2.

Mal Meninga, 2018 Peter Hudson

Mal Meninga, 2018 by Peter Hudson

General content

Commissioned with funds provided by Maliganis Edwards Johnson and Alan Dodge AM 2018

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner

Portraits for Posterity

Previous exhibition, 2006

Drawn from some of the many donations made to the Gallery's collection, the exhibition Portraits for Posterity pays homage both to the remarkable (and varied) group of Australians who are portrayed in the portraits and the generosity of the many donors who have presented them to the Gallery.

Elle Macpherson, 2000 Polly Borland

Australian Visit

Previous exhibition, 2006

The exhibition will include works of art from the NPG Canberra's permanent collection with some inward loans and aims to highlight the achievements of notable Australians.

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.

Andy Thomas, 2002 Montalbetti & Campbell

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.

Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor

Friends and Acquaintances

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2005

Dr. Sarah Engledow discusses a collection of drawings and prints by the Victorian artist Rick Amor acquired in 2005.

Dr Peter Farrell, 2001 Salvatore Zofrea OAM

Giving and getting

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2006

The exhibition Portraits for Posterity celebrates gifts to the Gallery, of purchases made with donated funds, and testifies to the generosity and community spirit of Australians.

Sydney city (Patrick White and Tom Uren, Hiroshima Day demonstration), 1984

The activist A-list

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2007

Dr Sarah Engledow examines a number of figures in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery who were pioneers or substantial supporters of the seminal Australian environmental campaigns of the early 1970s and 1980s.

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Portrait Donors Listed by year

Honour board
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.

Sir Macfarlane Burnet, 1960-1961 William Dargie

Picture this...

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2003

This edited version of a speech by Andrew Sayers examines some of the antecedents of the National Portrait Gallery and set out the ideas behind the modern Gallery and its collection.

First-Class Marksman, 1946 by Sidney Nolan

Money for Myth

Magazine article by Jane Raffan, 2015

Australian character on the market by Jane Raffan.

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.

Portrait of Thea Proctor, 1905 by George Lambert

The real Thea

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2015

Long after the portraitist became indifferent to her, and died, a beguiling portrait hung over its subject.

Helen Blaxland judging flower arrangements, c. 1940s photographer unknown

Petal to the mettle

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2019

Sarah Engledow lauds the very civil service of Dame Helen Blaxland.

Self portrait, 2005 Rick Amor

Rick Amor: 21 Portraits

General content

Sarah Engledow chronicles Rick Amor's work and accomplishments in this extensive essay in conjunction with the exhibition Rick Amor: 21 Portraits.

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