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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.

General Ralph Darling, Governor of New South Wales
General Ralph Darling, Governor of New South Wales
General Ralph Darling, Governor of New South Wales

General Ralph Darling, Governor of New South Wales, c. 1840

John R. Jackson after John Linnell
Portrait, mezzotint on paper

Purchased 2018

Gordon and Marilyn Darling
Gordon and Marilyn Darling
Gordon and Marilyn Darling

Gordon and Marilyn Darling, 1994

Francis Reiss and June Orford
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of Francis Reiss 2009

Barry Humphries
Barry Humphries
Barry Humphries

Barry Humphries, 1958

Clifton Pugh AO
Portrait, oil on canvas

Gift of L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC 1998. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Barry Humphries

Uncommon Australians

The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling
General content

Sarah Engledow writes about Gordon and Marilyn Darling and their support for the National Portrait Gallery throughout its evolution.

Andy Thomas

Uncommon Australians

The vision of Gordon and Marilyn Darling
Previous exhibition, 2015

This exhibition showcases portraits acquired through the generosity of the National Portrait Gallery’s Founding Patrons, L Gordon Darling AC CMG and Marilyn Darling AC.

The first ministry under responsible government in New South Wales ( Thomas Holt, Treasurer; Sir William Manning, Attorney General; Sir Stuart Donaldson, First Premier of New South Wales; Sir John Darvall, Solicitor General; and George Nichols, Auditor General).
The first ministry under responsible government in New South Wales ( Thomas Holt, Treasurer; Sir William Manning, Attorney General; Sir Stuart Donaldson, First Premier of New South Wales; Sir John Darvall, Solicitor General; and George Nichols, Auditor General).
The first ministry under responsible government in New South Wales ( Thomas Holt, Treasurer; Sir William Manning, Attorney General; Sir Stuart Donaldson, First Premier of New South Wales; Sir John Darvall, Solicitor General; and George Nichols, Auditor General).

The first ministry under responsible government in New South Wales ( Thomas Holt, Treasurer; Sir William Manning, Attorney General; Sir Stuart Donaldson, First Premier of New South Wales; Sir John Darvall, Solicitor General; and George Nichols, Auditor General)., 1856

Freeman Brothers
Portrait, albumen silver photograph

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2009

Gordon and Marilyn Darling interview

General content

Gordon and Marilyn Darling talk about the origins of the National Portrait Gallery and some of their favourite portraits.

John Darling
John Darling
John Darling

John Darling, n.d.

Louis Kahan AO
Portrait, pencil on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Lily Kahan 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG

L. Gordon Darling AC CMG

31 August 2015
Archived media releases 2015

The Chairman, Board, Director and all the Staff of the National Portrait Gallery mourn the loss of our Founding Patron, who died peacefully in Melbourne this morning. He was 94.

Jon Muir and Ian Darling

'My favourite place to be'
Portrait story

Filmmaker Ian Darling talks with adventurer Jon Muir about crossing the vast salt lakes of central Australia.

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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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