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Maide Hann

1943/1944
Max Dupain OBE

gelatin silver photograph on paper (image: 19.4 cm x 15.0 cm, sheet: 22.3 cm x 15.0 cm)

Maide Hann (1924–2012) was the leading photographic model in Australia for several years after the Second World War. Having grown up in Bellevue Hill, she was 'discovered' by photographer Robert Hillier at the age of sixteen. By her early twenties she was well-known as a model, appearing on billboards, covers of magazines and posters as well as modelling for Sydney's top department stores, and travelling as far as Perth to work. Named 'Miss Anzac' among the finalists in the Miss Australia competition of 1945, she was said to have been photographed every working day of 1946. Hann also briefly set up the Maide Hann School for Models. After marrying Sydney doctor Eric Giblin in December 1947, she gave up modelling to become his receptionist, although in an interview in 1948 she said that he would not have minded if she had kept it up. After the birth of her children, in the early 1950s she stepped out of the public eye. In 2013, the State Library of New South Wales included her in their exhibition Australian Glamour: Model, Photographer, Magazine, describing her as 'the Miranda Kerr of the 1940s'.

Gift of Danina Dupain Anderson 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
© Max Dupain/Copyright Agency, 2021

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Artist and subject

Max Dupain OBE (age 32 in 1943)

Maide Hann (age 19 in 1943)

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