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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.

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

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

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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.

Essington Lewis, 1952 William Dargie
Essington Lewis, 1952 William Dargie
Essington Lewis, 1952 William Dargie

Essington Lewis, 1952 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

The Mask of Barry Humphries, c. 1972 William Dargie
The Mask of Barry Humphries, c. 1972 William Dargie
The Mask of Barry Humphries, c. 1972 William Dargie

The Mask of Barry Humphries, c. 1972 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Marlene McCarthy 2006
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Sir Cecil Colville, c. 1965 William Dargie
Sir Cecil Colville, c. 1965 William Dargie
Sir Cecil Colville, c. 1965 William Dargie

Sir Cecil Colville, c. 1965 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Richard Due 2010

Ada Crossley, c. 1900 Rotary Photo Co. Ltd
Ada Crossley, c. 1900 Rotary Photo Co. Ltd
Ada Crossley, c. 1900 Rotary Photo Co. Ltd

Ada Crossley, c. 1900 Rotary Photo Co. Ltd

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on card

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Roger Neill 2009

Alan Sandow, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Alan Sandow, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Alan Sandow, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley

Alan Sandow, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Clive Shakespeare, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Clive Shakespeare, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Clive Shakespeare, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley

Clive Shakespeare, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Daryl Braithwaite, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Daryl Braithwaite, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Daryl Braithwaite, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley

Daryl Braithwaite, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Garth Porter, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Garth Porter, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Garth Porter, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley

Garth Porter, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Tony Mitchell, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Tony Mitchell, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley
Tony Mitchell, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley

Tony Mitchell, 1975 (printed 2001) Lewis Morley

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Albert Namatjira, 1958 William Dargie
Albert Namatjira, 1958 William Dargie
Albert Namatjira, 1958 William Dargie

Albert Namatjira, 1958 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on composition board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds donated by Marilyn Darling AC and with the assistance of Philip Bacon Galleries 2000

Yellow portrait (portrait of Alex Jelinek), 1955 Lina Bryans

The choices of a modern woman

It's Complicated

When opposites attract

Sherbet, 1974 Lewis Morley
Sherbet, 1974 Lewis Morley
Sherbet, 1974 Lewis Morley

Sherbet, 1974 Lewis Morley

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

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

Sir Arvi Parbo, 1993 William Dargie
Sir Arvi Parbo, 1993 William Dargie
Sir Arvi Parbo, 1993 William Dargie

Sir Arvi Parbo, 1993 William Dargie

Portrait, oil on canvas

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Alcoa World Alumina Australia 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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

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

Portrait, oil on masonite

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Estate of Marion Orme Page 2016

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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.