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Tracey Moffatt, 1995 by Greg Weight
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This post began as a reply to a pair of comments from the post “Enormous Portraits“. Those comments raised an important point – “What is the place for such patriarchal portraits in the first room of the National Portrait Gallery?” – so I’ll repeat myself in a louder voice, so that everyone else may hear.

Death mask of Ned Kelly, 1880
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I think it’s time I shared a strange story about the National Portrait Gallery, from back in the days of Old Parliament House.

King Edward VII, 1910 by George Lambert
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Right at the genesis of the NPG, we decided that we wouldn’t introduce visitors to the main collection galleries with a suite of dead white men in golden frames.

"Players react after the siren sounds at the end of the 2010 AFL grand final." Photo by Sebastian Costanzo for the Sydney Morning Herald.
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After the 2010 AFL Grand Final between St Kilda and Collingwood, a strange pose was taken by both teams as they realised they had reached an almost unprecedented draw.

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