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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.

Peter Sculthorpe

'Brings in the sun'
Portrait story

Legendary Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe, describes the development of his career.

Jacqueline Mitelman

'Buddha-nature'
Portrait story

Australian photographer, Jacqueline Mitelman, discusses her process for creating portraiture.

Kate Grenville

'The secret river'
Portrait story

Kate Grenville reads a passage from her novel The secret river and describes its creation.

Mark Webber

'You've got to make of it what you will'
Portrait story

Champion racing driver, Mark Webber, discusses his childhood and racing career.

David McAllister

'Complex stories without words'
Portrait story

Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister describes the trajectory of his relationship with dance.

Shane Gould

'Swimming is in my bones'
Portrait story

Shane Gould, Australian champion and Olympic gold medallist talks about her passion for swimming.

Mark Loane

'The small space we are given'
Portrait story

Ophthalmic surgeon and former Wallabies Captain, Mark Loane, discusses his sporting and professional career.

Betty Churcher

'Blockbuster Betty'
Portrait story

Betty Churcher discusses her career as the Director of the National Gallery of Australia.

Mark Richards

No choice, you’re going surfing, son
Portrait story

Australian surfing legend Mark Richards describes his professional surfing and surfboard shaping careers.

Glenn Murcutt

'Strength and delicacy'
Portrait story

Award-winning Australian architect, Glenn Murcutt describes the philosophy of his architectural practice and his minimalist portrait by Ken Done.

Rosie Batty

'Together we will give victims a voice and demand our leaders act'
Portrait story

The 2015 Australian of the Year talks about grief and searching for recognition of, and action on, domestic violence.

Portrait of Mrs Fairfax
Portrait of Mrs Fairfax
Portrait of Mrs Fairfax

Portrait of Mrs Fairfax, n.d.

an unknown artist
Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

John Fairfax
John Fairfax
John Fairfax

John Fairfax, 1873

Charles Summers
Portrait, carrara marble

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

Charles John Fairfax
Charles John Fairfax
Charles John Fairfax

Charles John Fairfax, c. 1860

Edwin Dalton
Portrait, pastel on paper laid on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

John Fairfax
John Fairfax
John Fairfax

John Fairfax, c. 1860

Edwin Dalton
Portrait, pastel on paper laid on canvas

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

John Fairfax
John Fairfax
John Fairfax

John Fairfax, mid to late 19th century

Achille Simonetti
Portrait, carrara marble on scagliola column

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

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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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