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'words are the daughters of the earth' Marion Halligan
'words are the daughters of the earth' Marion Halligan
'words are the daughters of the earth' Marion Halligan

Marion Halligan

b. 1940

Marion Halligan AM (b. 1940) is a novelist, short story writer, reviewer and essayist.

Lowitja O'Donoghue
Lowitja O'Donoghue
Lowitja O'Donoghue

Dr Lowitja O'Donoghue AC CBE DSG

1932 – 2024

Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG (1932–2024), a Yankunytjatjara woman, dedicated her life’s work to advancing the rights and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples.

Portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
Portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
Portrait of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Her Majesty Queen Mary of Denmark

b. 1972

Dressing for dinner
Dressing for dinner
Dressing for dinner

The Hon. Bill Hayden AC

1933 – 2023

The Hon Bill Hayden AC (1933‒2023) was Governor-General of Australia from 1989 to 1996 and Leader of the Opposition from 1977 to 1983.

Harold Mitchell
Harold Mitchell
Harold Mitchell

Harold Mitchell AC

1942 – 2024

Harold Mitchell AC (1942-2024), businessman and philanthropist, left his home town of Stawell at seventeen to become an office boy in a Melbourne advertising agency.

Ron Barassi
Ron Barassi
Ron Barassi

Ron Barassi AM

1936 – 2023

Ron Barassi AM (1936‒2023) is among the most celebrated individuals in the history of Australian Rules football.

Charles Perkins on bus to Tranby Aboriginal College, Glebe, c. 1964 (printed 2015) Robert McFarlane. © Robert McFarlane/Copyright Agency, 2023
Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke, c. 1976 (printed 2017) Robert McFarlane. © Robert McFarlane/Copyright Agency, 2023
Bruce Beresford on location, c. 1981 (printed 2004) Robert McFarlane. © Robert McFarlane/Copyright Agency, 2023
Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, River Kwai, Thailand, c. 1987 (printed 2003) Robert McFarlane. © Robert McFarlane/Copyright Agency, 2022

Robert McFarlane

1942 – 2023

Robert McFarlane (1942–2023), photographer, was born in Glenelg, South Australia.

Kevin Weldon
Kevin Weldon
Kevin Weldon

Kevin Weldon AM

1933 – 2023

Kevin Weldon (1933-2023), businessman and philanthropist, spent his early years in Ingham in far north Queensland, where his father ran a car dealership.

Kunmanara (Ngilan) Dodd
Kunmanara (Ngilan) Dodd
Kunmanara (Ngilan) Dodd

Kunmanara (Ngilan) Dodd

1946 – 2023

Sir James Hardy
Sir James Hardy
Sir James Hardy

Sir James Hardy OBE

1932 – 2023

Sir James Hardy OBE (1932-2023) was a wine industry executive, yachtsman and community leader.

Barry Humphries
Barry Humphries
Barry Humphries

Barry Humphries

1934 – 2023

Barry Humphries AO CBE (1934–2023), actor, writer and artist, was the world's all-time most successful solo theatrical performer.

Robert Edwards
Robert Edwards
Robert Edwards

Dr Robert (Bob) Edwards AO

1930 – 2023

Dr Robert (Bob) Edwards AO (1930-2023) made a remarkable contribution to the cultural sector in Australia.

William - Aspendale
William - Aspendale
William - Aspendale

William Mora

1953 – 2023

William Mora (1953–2023), art dealer and gallerist, was the eldest son of artist Mirka Mora and restauranteur and gallery owner Georges Mora.

Discussion between Bob Hawke and Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory
Discussion between Bob Hawke and Yunupingu, Burunga Festival, Northern Territory

Yunupingu AM

1948 – 2023

Yunupiŋu (1948–2023), revered senior ceremonial Yolŋu man of the Gumatj clan from North-East Arnhem Land, fought tirelessly for the rights and recognition of Yolŋu and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people alike.

Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin
Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin
Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin

John Olsen AO CBE

1928 – 2023

John Olsen AO OBE (1928–2023), painter, was one of the major figures in 20th-century Australian art.

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