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University of Canberra Portraits

University of Canberra Portraits

Like many institutions worldwide, the University of Canberra holds portraits of many of its distinguished leading personalities. Not only does the University Art Collection consist of some well known  figures such as Jean Blackburn, Tom Calma and many other, but also leading post-modern and contemporary artists such as Wes Walters, Brian Dunlop and Heide Smith.

The collection of portraiture in itself is a remarkable source of information which traces the leadership of the University and College of Advanced Education from the day of its founding in 1969 through to the present Chancellor. How each sitter chooses to be presented is also a major factor for study and can be viewed in the light of portraiture in the history of art. The portrait of former Vice Chancellor, Deep Saini, for example portrays the Vice Chancellor in an informal and relaxed pose but at the same time demonstrating  a level of authority with the sitter in business attire. The image was also taken in the early summer of 2019 which reflects a light and bright atmosphere. Compare this portrait to that of Founding Principal, Professor Samuel Scruton Richardson by Brian Dunlop. Although both portraits portray a sense of formality, Professor Richardson's portrait is somewhat more formal and set  inside against a somewhat darker background. Professor Richardson is also wearing his University gown and scarf denoting his own  status and qualifications. This tradition stretches back in the history of art to some of the earliest formal portraits. It is one of the oldest forms of visual art in history with a tradition going back to the Ancient Egyptians.  Compare both of the above portraits to that of Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel by Daniel Mytens as an example. Each portrait portrays its sitter's position, social status and specific  accourtrements important to the sitter. Be aware of these details as you browse through the portraits below. Each portrait will be presented with the sitter and information on the artist.

Thomas Howard 14th Earl of Arundel by Daniel Mytens

Portrait of Professor Samuel Scruton Richardson by Brian Dunlop

Professor Samuel Scruton Richardson was the founding principal for the Canberra College of Advanced Education in 1969. According to Michael Rhodes, Professor Samuel Scruton Richardson AO, CBE was born on 31 December 1919 to Samuel and Gladys Richardson in Nottinghamshire, UK, studying in Maganus School, Newark-on-Trent before studying at Trinity College, Oxford and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. Following service in the Royal Marines during World War II, Richardson trained as a lawyer and was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn, London in 1958. Richardson also served on the overseas civil service in Nigeria and held a number of senior University positions including vice Chancellor Ahadu Bello University, Nigeria and Acting Vice-Chancellor, University of Mauritius. In 1960, Richardson was made a member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). This was subsequently upgraded to a Companion of the British Empire (CBE) five years later. In 1980, Richardson was also appointed AO.

From 1971, Samuel Richardson was an occasional lecturer in Islamic Law at the Australian National University. This led to Richardson settling in Australia and he gained Australian citizenship in 1975. From 1980, Richardson was involved as a consultant for the Australian Law Reform Commission. Between 1969 and 1984, Samuel Richardson acted as a Foundation Principal for the new Canberra College of Advanced Education (later to become University of Canberra). From 1984, Richardson was firstly an Emeritus Fellow and then Emeritus Professor from 1990. Following his retirement, Richardson eventually moved back to the UK and lived in Warminster, Wiltshire until his death in 2004.

Professor Samuel S Richardson

The portrait of Samuel Richardson, AO CBE, is tpcal of Brian Dunlop's style in that Dunlop uses bright and bold colours helping the the sitter stand out. In this case Professor Richardson is wearing a bright gold and purple scarf against his dark grey suit. The portrait has a fine quality to it that would even surpass photography. His painting has a sense of character and warmth. Painted oil on canvas, the portrait was commissioned in 1983 just before Richardson retired as Foundation Principal.

Brian James Dunlop was born in Sydney on the 14th October 1938. and is one of Australia's most recognisable realist portrait painter and artist.  He studied art at the Eastern Sydney Technical College between 1954 and 1959 before going onto travel and study in Europe and North Africa. During the 1960s and 70s, Dunlop's style developed under mentor, Justin O'Brien from large realistic interiors with light falling on nudes to more atmospheric scenes enhanced by technical finesse.  Between 1969 and 1981, Dunlop held  a number of part-time teaching and artist in residence positions. Between 1984 and 2004, Dunlop travelled and painted visiting Italy, New Zealand and the United States. Dunlop also visited Turkey taking five separate trips to the country.

The fascination Dunlop held with Turkey is evident in his  exhibition 'Gazing at Turkey' in 2005 at the Australian Galleries in Melbourne. In about 20 works of art, Dunlop captured in fine detail daily life in Turkey. In the accompanying text to the exhibition, Dunlop is stated as being  more interested in the soul expressed on the faces of the men who sit interminably in cafes, apparantly musing and reflecting but simply made idle by unemployment and committed to capturing them selflessly. His pictures seem to look beyond the viewer and the place, almost abstracting themselves from reality around them. These works of art are much like his portraits- they are bold and brash with colour and full of life.

During his career, Dunlop painted the portraits of a wide number of personalities. These included fellow artist, Brian Seidel, Tom Lowenstein, Ann Purves (founder of Australian Galleries), and Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Between 1963 and 2009, Brian held over twenty solo exhibitions and participated in at least ten group exhibitions. His works are represented in all the major public galleries in Australia as well as educational institutions and corporate collections. Brian Dunlop passed away in his Victorian home in 2009.

Portrait of Professor D Waterhouse by Charles Bush

According to the CSIRO, Doug Frew Waterhouse was born in Sydney on the 3rd June 1916, the second son of Eben Gowrie Waterhouse  OBE, CMG and Janet Frew Waterhouse. Doug came from a highly regarded family of academics. Eben was a professor of German and Modern languages and literature at the University of Sydney whilst his mother also taught languages having gained a Master of Arts from the University of Glasgow. Doug took a deep interest in the environment and natural history and believed that he would become an entomologist at a young age. Encouraged by his uncle, Doug was soon developing his own collection of butterflies from the greater Sydney area.

Doug was educated at the Sydney Church of England Grammar School, North Shore, Sydney  and was considered a good student. And following his bachelors degree went onto work and train at CSIRO. Doug's career took off and he became a practicing scientist in the realm of entomology before taking on leadership roles and eventually becoming he Chief of the Division of Entomology in 1961. His work led to major achievements in pest management  and biocontrol which he advocated in the wider Asia Pacific area.

Doug played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Canberra College of Advanced Education . The concept of the CAE system originated  from a report in 1964. This recognised the need for a range of voational and professional courses that were equal but different from those offered by the universities. Following another report in 1965, which Doug contributed significantly, the need for a CAE in Canberra was firmly established. Doug was convince that the CAE should be able to produce graduates who were useful to their profession.

Doug's leadership at CCAE was celebrated by Samuel Richardson , the inaugural Principal in his book 'Parity of Esteem in 1979: Doug's positive leadership and wise counsel has inspired us all through the decade. As a leader, he was quietly modest and consciously strove for consensus. His good humour and evident enjoyment of life were infectious. His judgements were invariably well considered, fair and positively friendly. He welded staff and students together as a a team dedicated to success, despite the many disappointments and setbacks of he first two decades. He was without question, the most influential and steadfast of the founders of the University of Canberra.

In 1975, Doug was made the first Honorary Fellow of CCAE and in 1985 the School of Applied Science Building was named in his honour.

Professor Doug Waterhouse by Charles Bush

Doug Waterhouse's portrait was commissioned by the University of Canberra in 1986. Painted using oils on canvas, the portrait portrays Doug in a reflective and thoughtful manner with his CCAE robes against a plain background. The gold and crimson robes provide a strong splash of colour to the formal portrai and contrasts against Doug's business like suit and shadows in the background.

Charles Bush, according to the Australian Art Auction Records is best known as a painter of landscapes, figures and portraits. Born in Melbourne in 1919, Charles first worked with his father as a sign-writer  before going onto study at the National Gallery Art School between 1934 to 1938. During the Second World War, Charles served with the AIF as a specialist in camouflage and saw active service in as an official war artist in New Guinea and Timor. After cessation of hostilities, Charles traveled to London on a British Council grant in 1948 where he worked with Meninsky. Eh also traveled and painted in Italy, France and Spain. On his return, Charles took up the position of Master of drawing at the National Gallery Art School  and later became Director. Charles died in 1989, so this was one of his last works commissioned.

Portrait of Mrs Helen Crisp by G Eichler

Dr Helen Crisp

According to the Australian Women's register, Helen Craven Crisp was the daughter of E and D Whigton. Helen studied at Girton (Adelaide) before graduating from Adelaide and Oxford University . Helen is best known for her work in education  and she was a member of several Women's and social welfare organisations. From 1965, Helen Crisp was a member of the commonwealth committee of enquiry into the need for a College of advanced Education in the ACT. (becoming  the deputy chair a year later). From 1976 to May 2002 Dr Crisp was an Honorary Fellow at the University of Canberra  and became Council  Chair in 1985. On the 8th June 1981 Helen Crisp  was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for services to education. Helen passed away on the 25th May 2002.

Portrait of Dr David Ride, Principal,  by Heide Smith

According to his biography, Doctor David Ride is best known as a  zoologist and paleontologist having chaired the international committee of zoological nomenclature.

Dr Ride was born in London in 1926, eldest son of Sir Norman Tasman Ride. David is known to have had a  distinguished career in scientific institutions including being the director of the Western Australian Museum, Perth in 1957 and   the CSIRO between 1974 to 1980.  Dr Ride was  appointed Principal at the Canberra College of Advanced Education in 1987 having headed the school of applied science since 1982.  In 1984,  Dr Ride received  an AM in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his  contribution to zoology.  Dr Ride passed away  in Canberra in 2011.

According to the National Portrait Gallery, Heide Smith took up photography as a young girl in Germany in 1948 when her uncle gave her a Zeiss Ikon camera. Gaining diplomas  in photography and advertising, she began her career as an industrial photographer before moving into photojournalism working for the daily papers and magazines. After moving to England in 1963, she became a freelance photographer. In 1971 Heide moved to Australia working in Sydney as a photo journalist and later as a technical supervisor in professional colour laboratory in Melbourne. Seven years later she moved to Canberra, where she established a studio that operated until 1997, endearing herself to the local population  through her books, 'I love Canberra' (1983)  and I love Canberra II (1986). In early 1998, she moved to Narooma , NSW where she continues to take  portrait photographs, travel and publish books. In 2004, Heide returned to the Tiwi Islands north of Darwin to gather material for a follow up book to her  'Tiwi: The Life and Art of Australia's Tiwi People .

Portrait of Jean Blackburn by Robert L Hannaford

Jean Blackburn

According to the Australian Women's Register entry, Jean Blackburn was a feminist, socialist and staunch advocate of the critical importance of good quality teaching and resources in shaping children's' lives. After completing an economics major at the University of Melbourne in 1940 she became a research assistant for the Department of Economics. A mother who experienced the isolation of suburban living, she worked with Winifred Mitchell in organising the New Housewives' Association to help overcome this isolation. She later completed a Diploma in Education and began her teaching career. In 1969 she was seconded as a consultant to the Committee of Enquiry into South Australian Education issuing the Karmel Report in 1973. This was the first of several such appointments. In 1983 she conducted a public enquiry into Victorian senior secondary education, issuing the Blackburn Report in 1985.

Jean Blackburn took pleasure in the fact that she was born Jean Muir on 14 July, Bastille Day. The great democratic values of freedom, equality and solidarity inspired her ideas and values, and shine through her writings. She was born in 1919 in Melbourne and was educated in the public school system. The fact that, by the age of 21, she had graduated as a BA with Honours in Economics was largely a tribute to her own determination and thirst for knowledge. At the University of Melbourne, Jean joined the Labor Club and then the Communist Party.

She worked as a young woman with the War Office of Industry, before marrying Dick Blackburn and moving to Adelaide. Her work there as a secondary school teacher, while raising her family of three children, led her on to a public career in education policy. She left the Communist Party after the invasion of Hungary in 1956.

After working as a consultant to a 1969-70 Committee of Enquiry into Education in South Australia headed by Prof. Peter Karmel, she was appointed Deputy Chair of the Interim Committee for the Australian Schools Commission in the early 70s, and a full-time member of the Commission for 7 years from 1974 to 1980. Her strong commitment to public values, her capacity for intellectual rigour and engagement with a range of views and her ability to express significant ideas in a lucid and inspiring way meant that she had a profound influence on Australian education. She was also one of the most profound feminist thinkers of her time.

From 1983 -85 Jean Blackburn chaired the Ministerial Review of Post-compulsory Schooling in Victoria. She was the inaugural Chancellor of the University of Canberra from 1990-91, chaired the Victorian State Board of Education from 1991-92 and was founding chair of the State Suffrage Centenary Committee in South Australia from 1992-93. She was awarded honorary doctorates from three Australian Universities. She died in Adelaide in December 2001.

As well as this record of distinguished service and influence, it is Jean Blackburn's personal qualities and strength of character that explain her place as one of our most loved and revered leaders in education.

Robert Hannaford was brought up on a farm and was a self-taught artist. He was a political cartoonist for the 'Adelaide Advertiser' from 1964-67, then won the A.M.E. Bale Art Scholarship, 1969-73. Since then, Robert worked as a professional artist with oils, watercolour, charcoal, pencil  and pen drawings, sculptures and printing.

Robert has exhibited his works of art in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

Robert was a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize competition  in 1988 with 'tom' which was highly commended.

his work of art portrays Jean Blackburn, Order of Australia member, first chancellor of the University of Canberra in 1990 and a leading advocate for education in Australia.

Portrait of Donald Horne by Bryan Westwood

Donald Horne AO, Chancellor

Born  in Kogarah, in a suburb south of Sydney  on 26th December 1921,  Donald was firstly educated at Maitland then Parramatta and Canterbury High School . Donald enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney in 1939 although this was cut short by  the outbreak of World War Two.  Donald id not see active service  due to a training accident but pursued firstly a  career in the diplomatic corp and then in journalism.  By 1945, Donald was working full-time for the Frank Packer media empire, writing for the Telegraph. Between 1949 and 1954, Donald travelled to the UK with the view of becoming a novelist. He was enticed back to  Australia  by Frank Packer to become editor for the magazine 'Weekend'  which was published between 1954 and 1961.  Donald also worked on  the magazine 'Bullet and was the creative director  for n advertising company and editor for the Quadrant Magazine.

Professor Horne realised his ambitions as  a  novelist  publishing three novels and more than twenty volumes of history, memoirs and political and cultural analysis.

From 1973,  having felt disillusioned with  journalism,  Donald accepted an  post of research fellow  in political science at the University of New South Wales.  It was seen as a bold move to have a post filled with someone with no formal qualifications but it paid off. Freed from the daily grind of journalism, Horne's  career flourished. By 1981 he was appointed as an associate professor and  thereafter   Personal Chair in 1984. From 192 to 1986  he was Chairman of the Faculty of Arts and member of the university's Council from 1983 to 1986. From 1992  to 1995, Professor Horne  served as Chancellor for the University of Canberra.

Despite his extensive academic commitments, Professor Horne remained very active in public life and letters. As well as publishing many more books and essays, he was a contributing editor to Newsweek , member of the Australian Consitutional Commission, member of the NSW Centenary of Federation Committee, Chairman of the Ideas for Australia Program, Chairman of the Copyright Agency , Chairman of the Australia Council and President of the Australian Society of Authors.

Bryan Westwood self portrait

Bryan Westwood was a painter and printmaker who twice won the Archibald Prize for his portrait of artist and critic Ewyn Lynn (1989) and then the Prime Minister, Paul Keating (1992). Largely self-taught, Westwood did not start painting professionally until his mid thirties and held his first exhibition in 1967. Prior to this he had an eclectic career in economics, advertising and the film industry. His decision to pursue  an artistic vocation was prompted by a friendship with Jeffrey Smart and Justin O'Brien, with  whom he had some lessons. His work was characterised by a dispassionate scrutiny of objects and a a mannerly approach in their portrayal. Like fellow painter and friend, Margaret Olley, he emphasised craft, conscientiousness and respect for tradition in his practice. His portraiture has been described as photorealist. he ws he official artist appointed b the Federal Government to the 75thAnniversary of the Gallipoli landings in 1990, travelling with the vetreans. The resulting paintings and sketches were exhibited at the Australian War Memorial. Westwood's  work is represented in State and university collections nationwide as well as in a number of corporate collections.

Portrait of Professor Judith Brine by Heide Smith

Judith Brine is considered a pioneer in architecture and design. She was appointed dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at the University of Adelaide in 1987 and, in 1999, became foundation professor of architecture at Canberra College of Advanced Education (now the University of Canberra) and then returned to Adelaide as professor. Brine was vice president of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) between 1990 and 1992 and, in 1998, was awarded an AM for services to architecture, planning and heritage conservation. The Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), founded in 1984, is the peak body for architectural historians in the region and has been an important and supportive forum for women, many of whom have served as presidents, vice-presidents, treasurers and secretaries, representing universities across the region. Today there are numerous women who lead architecture programs, schools and faculties as professors, associate deans and deans.

According to the National Portrait Gallery, Heide Smith took up photography as a young girl in Germany in 1948 when her uncle gave her a Zeiss Ikon camera. Gaining diplomas  in photography and advertising, she began her career as an industrial photographer before moving into photojournalism working for the daily papers and magazines. After moving to England in 1963, she became a freelance photographer. In 1971 Heide moved to Australia working in Sydney as a photo journalist and later as a technical supervisor in professional colour laboratory in Melbourne. Seven years later she moved to Canberra, where she established a studio that operated until 1997, endearing herself to the local population  through her books, 'I love Canberra' (1983)  and I love Canberra II (1986). In early 1998, she moved to Narooma , NSW where she continues to takep ortrait photographs, travel and ppublish books. In 2004, Heide returned to the Tiwi Islands north of Darwin to gather material for a follow up book to her  'Tiwi: The Life and Art of Australia's Tiwi People .

Portrait of Dr Don McMichael CBE by Heide Smith

Don McMichael

Donald McMichael was born on 28th January 1932 in Rockhampton, Queensland. Studying  initially at the North Sydney Techincal School and then the Newcastle Technical High School,  McMichael went onto graduate with a first class Honours degree in zoology at the University of Sydney in 1952 before joining the Australian Museum as an Assistant Curator  in the  Australian Museum, Sydney. Don gained his doctorate at Harvard University , US with a thesis on  Australian Freshwater mussels.  This gained him a role as curator of molluscs on his return to the Australian  Museum, one of many positions he held until 1967.  In 1969, Don was appointed as the second director of the New South Wales National Parks and and Wildlife Service.  Museums and the environment were to feature prominantly in Don's public and professional life throughout his career. In December 1975, he was appointed Director of Environment within the new Department of Environment, Housing and Community Development. .Three years later, he was appointed Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs. When that Department was reconstituted as the Department of Home Affairs and the Environment, he continued as Secretary. Issues of major importance during his time there included the Tasmannian Dam case and the Uluru-Tata Tjuta National Park and the need for a greening Australia program.

Don McMichael  played a significant (although  frustrating) role in the setting up of of the National Museum of Australia, serving as  a director overseeing its development from 1984 to 1989.

As well as receiving  a CBE (commander of the Order oft he British Empire) in 1981, he was also awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for services as the first Director of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Portrait of Professor Donald Aitken by Wes Walters

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra between 1991 and 2002, Professor Donald Alexander Aitkin, AO was a historian and political scientist and a noted public intellectual in Australian life since the 1960s. Professor Aitken was Professor of Politics at Macquarie University in the 1970s and then Professor of Political Science in the Resarch School of Social Sciences at ANU. In 1988 he was appoint3ed the foundation Chairman of he Australian Research Council, and it was from this post that he joined the University of Canberra in 1991. He was best known here for his role in the transformation of the University from a college of advanced education to developing the University's identity and profile overseas and nationwide.

Don Aitken

According to the Australian National Portrait Gallery, Wes Walters was born in 1928 and studied architecture in Geelong and art at the Ballarat School of Mines before embarking on a successful career as a freelance commercial artist in 1950. In 1963, he won the Australian Commercial and Industrial Artists Association's Award of Distinctive Merit and later was inducted into the illustrtor's Hall of Fame. In the 1970s Walters moved away from full time advertising work to concentrate on painting, holding solo shows on portraiture and undertaking may commissions. When he won the Archibald Prize in 1979 for the portrait of Philip Adams - Adams predicted that the 'arties' would be furious because of Walters' background in commercial art. Walters has stated that 'my main objective as a portrait painter is to paint as well as my hero, Valaszquez, in my estimation by far the world's greatest portraitist. I feel this is unlikely to be brought to fruition, although sometimes there are instances when I feel I get a little closer.

Self-portrait of Professor Roger Thornton Dean

Roger Thornton Dean was Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra between 2002 and 2007. Roger is well known in the music and academic sectors. Roger was born on  6th September 1948 in Manchester,  UK and was  educated at the Crypt School, Gloucester and Corpus Christi  College, University of Cambridge.

As a musician, Dean is a composer, improviser  and performer for piano and computers. He studied the piano and double bass with Eugene Croft and was the principal bass player for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Having immigrated to Australia in 1988, Dean went onto perform with the Australian Chamber Orchestra  and the Sydney Alpha Ensemble. During this time, Dean also pursued a career as a research academic firstly in biochemistry, with more than 280 substantive publications in the field,  and then musicology from 2007.  Roger has also held a  number of prestigious positions including Fellow of the Institute of Biology in England and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. Roger was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra between 2002 and  2007 before going onto a research professhor role at MARCS Institute at the Western Sydney University.

Roger Thornton Dean Self Portrait

This example is unusual in being that it is a montage and a self portrait by the outgoing Vice-Chancellor. However, the montage of photographs provides more information than a typical official portrait. The montage offers an insight to Roger as a musician, academic and scientist. It conveys his passion for these aspects of his life as well as his achievements which he is justly proud of. Created in 2007, this montage digital photograph was created by Roger Dean onto photographic paper.

Portrait of Wendy McCarthy AO by Louise Lister

Wendy  McCarthy AO was Chancellor of the University of Canberra  between 1995 and 2005.  Wendy was born  in Orange  on the 22nd July  1941  and studied  to become a  teacher at the University of New England. Wendy McCarthy went onto  teach in Secondary Education in Sydney, London and Pittsburgh, US.

Wendy became a political lobbyist in 1968 when Wendy and her husband joined the Childbirth Education  Association  campaigning for, amongst other issues, the rights of fathers to be present at the births of their children. In 1972 she established the NSW branch of the Women’s Electoral Lobby,  before taking on the role of Education, Information and Media Officer with Family Planning Association of NSW in 1975, and eventually that of CEO of the Australian Federation of Family Planning Associations. Her leadership in these issues was quickly recognised with her appointment to the National Women's Advisory Council in 1978, a new office that was to advise the then Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser on policy issues effecting women. McCarthy has represented Australia at conferences on women’s health and leadership, education, broadcasting, conservation and heritage and for four years was Chair of the Advisory Committee of WHO Kobe Centre, Japan.

McCarthy’s career as an advocate for women was advanced during a period of significant reform and change when she served as the Deputy Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (1983-1991), while also working as General Manager Communications with the Australian Bicentennial Authority (1985-1989).

In the education sector, McCarthy was the first woman appointed to the NSW Higher Education Board and also served on the NSW Education Commission. She was a founding member of Chief Executive Women, an organisation established to mentor and support female executives, and served as its president during 1995-96 In 1995 she was appointed to the Economic Planning Advisory Commission’s four member Task Force report to Prime Minister on Australia's child care needs to 2010. In 2005 she completed a decade as Chancellor of the University of Canberra.

McCarthy's leadership in the public and women’s health sectors continued with her role as chair of the National Better Health for All and associated National Better Health Program Management Committee (1989 – 1992). A decade later she was a member NSW Health Care Advisory Council, chair NSW Health Participation Council, and co-chair of the NSW Sustainable Access Health Priority Taskforce. She was also a member of the Royal College of Physicians Research and Education Foundation (1991-1994), President of the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation (1995-1998) and as a patron of the Australian Reproductive Health Alliance (2007-2011). McCarthy has served as the chair of the Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (2007-2015). International appointments have included four years as Chair of the Advisory Committee at the World Health Organisation Kobe Centre (1999-2002), and twelve years as Chair of Plan Australia (1998-2009), with three years as Global Deputy Chair with Plan International (2007-2009). Other significant appointments include services as the CEO of the National Trust of Australia NSW (1990-1993); Chair of the Australian Heritage Commission (1995 – 1998); a Member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Council and subsequently Chair of Symphony Australia; a Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation; and a Director of Star City. In June 2016 she stepped down after eight years as Chair of headspace – the National Youth Mental Health Foundation;[2] and in 2017 stepped down as Chair of Circus Oz, after nine years in the role.

In 1989, McCarthy was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for outstanding contributions to community affairs, women’s affairs and the Bicentennial celebrations. In 1996 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia and in 2003 she was awarded a Centenary of Federation medal for business leadership. In 2005 she was nominated by The Sydney Morning Herald as one of Australia’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals and in 2011 she was featured in the International Women’s Day publication The Power of One which profiled 100 women who have shaped Australia. In 2013 she was inducted into the Women’s Agenda Hall of Fame for her contribution to the lives of Australian women.

Wendy McCarthy AO by Louise Lister

This  official portrait of Wendy McCarthy is interesting as the choice of artist was from the Wendy herself.  Wendy is pictured in the gown of  the University's Chancellor against a dark background with the leaves of a gum-tree providing  a strong natural background. The  gum-tree  refers the viewer to the fact that the University of Canberra is the 'Bush-Capital's'  university and as such much of the University's character reflects  this with many areas around the campus  planted with native indigenous  trees.

Louise Lister has been a  leading  commercial and editorial photographer with over twenty years of experience shooting for magazines, books and advertising clients. A substantial and varied portfolio sees food photography and portraiture as specialty areas. Louise interprets each brief with creativity and confidence, and delivers unique results reliably and on time. Louise is able to accurately follow your brief, or, if required provide additional creative input to further the clients vision.

Portrait of Ingrid Moses by William Hall Photography

Ingrid Moses

Ingrid  Moses AO, is  an emeritus professor and  held the role of Chancellor of the University of Canberra between 2006 and 2011.  Ingrid was born in Aurich Germany on the 15th July 1941 and studied at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg graduating in 1965  with a Masters degree in Social Sciences. Ingrid migrated to  Australia the following year  and continued her academic studies culminating in in her  PhD from the University of Queensland in 1986.

During this time, Ingrid Moses worked as a Graduate Assistant Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Tertiary Education Institute of the University of Queensland.  From 1988 , Ingrid was the Founding Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching at the University of Technology, Sydney  and Professor for Higher Education from 1990.  From 1993, Ingrid took on the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Canberra and succeeded  Wendy McCarthy in 1997 to become Chancellor- a position which she held for ten years.

In 2003, Ingrid was awarded the Centenary Medal for her contribution to rural education and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in 2005 amongst her many  national and international honours.

The portrait of Ingrid Moses by William Hall shows the sitter at the pinnacle of her academic accomplishments. Ingrid is portrayed wearing the Chancellor's robes and sits in the official University ceremonial chair with  an indigenous work of art in the background. The painting and ceremonial chair are highly significant  accoutrements for this portrait. The ceremonial chair was created by George Ingham in 1990 and is made from red box timber with stainless steel rods and the UC symbol etched onto the front. The Chair is used for major events such as graduation ceremonies. The work of art in the background is  'Women's ceremonies' by Ningura Napurrula. Created in 1997, The painting depicts Wirrulnga, a rockhole in a small rocky outcrop east of Kiwirrkurain the Western Desert.

William Hall has been a portrait photographer and film producer for over thirty years.  Based in Red-Hill, Canberra, Hall has an impressive portfolio of work which has included almost the entire social spectrum that includes models, the poorest of humanity to those in positions of power.   William states  that  iit is his genuine  joy, training and experience that helps him to get the best results.

Portrait of Dr Tom Calma AO by Neville Dawson

The portrait of Dr Tom Calma by Neville Dawson is an extraordinary combination involving the artist and subject.  Dr Tom Calma is portrayed in both profile and face on in rather an expressive pose with his right hand touching his chin as if in a moment of thoughtful contemplation. The left portrait in profile shows the subject in casual attire; his white shirt and hair contrasting strikingly against the dark red and black background. The portrait to the right shows Dr Tom Calma in his ceremonial attire as Chancellor of the University of Canberra against the same dark background. The diptych is infused with a range of meanings that reach out to different audiences. Both portraits contrast and complement each other in a way which respects the subject. It is painted in a manner, style and size reminiscent of the Old Masters. One can see perhaps the influence of Van Dyck’s triptych of Charles I whilst the contemplative pose is often used to represent meditation, study and thinking; attributes that are shared by many other portrait subjects in history.

Chancellor Tom Calma by Neville Dawson

Like the 2010 Lindy contemplating Guy Boyd, the Dr Tom Calma portrait was entered for the Archibald Prize in 2015. The work of art is a faithful portrayal of Australia’s first indigenous university chancellor, Order of Australia recipient in 2013 and an advocate for human rights and social justice.   Dr Calma has dedicated his life to improving the lives of all Australians and particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Having served as a Social Justice Commissioner, Race Discrimination Commissioner and as a senior diplomat, Dr Tom Calma has championed the importance of empowerment through his work in education, training, employment, health, justice and development. He works to create opportunities for Indigenous voices to be heard and to build partnerships to improve their health , well-being and economic independence. His landmark 2005 report calling for the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to be closed within a generation laid the groundwork for the Close the Gap campaign and COAG’s Closing the Gap response.

The diptych of Dr Tom Calma therefore holds major significance for both the University of Canberra and for the nation both culturally and aesthetically. It is a work of art from a renowned Australian artist that has the ability to infuse his portraits with different meanings and appeal to a wide audience whilst giving the subject the praise, dignity and respect of a leading figure in Australian Society.

Portrait of Stephen Parker AO by William Hall

Best known as being a  legal academic and a university  administrator,  Stephen Parker AO, was born and raised in England. He graduated  with a bachelors in law from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne  before studying  and gaining his PhD  at the University of Wales, Cardiff. Stephen went onto  lecture  at  University College Cardiff and was admitted to the legal practice in England before moving with his family to Australia in 1988.

Since  his move to Australia, Stephen  has held a number of senior  positions in the academic world.  Between 1988 and 1994, Stephen was the senior lecturer and reader in law at  the Australian National University.  He was also Professor of  Law at Griffith University and became Dean at  the Monash University School of  Law in 1999 and then Deputy Vice Chancellor in 2003.

On 1st March 2007. Stephen took on the role of Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra holding the role  until 1st July 2016.  During his time at the University of Canberra, Stephen oversaw perhaps the largest growth and reform the university has seen in his two terms with plans to proceed  with a major  campus redevelopment. During  his nine-year tenure,  the University of Canberra also  leapt up the World University rankings. Stephen Parker stood down as Vice Chancellor stating that it is just time to move on and that his decision was based on the fact he had achieved his vision of the university. ' it is up to someone new to com in and do it their way.'

Stephen Parker AO by William Hall

The portrait of Stephen Parker is an interesting artwork in both its  medium and  subject portrayal.  It is the only official portrait in the collection that is intentionally  black and white. This style often picks up on  more detail and can allow the artist the opportunity to focus on  composition and chiaroscuro.  Stephen  Parker is portrayed in very much a relaxed and confident attitude.  Pictured informally with  his suit jacket over one shoulder, the portrait  suggests  an element of success and a  'job well done''. This isn't surprising as the portrait was commissioned and taken  leading up to Stephen departure in 2016. What is also interesting  about this portrait is that the Vice-Chancellor is portrayed outside in the concourse near Building 1 with students moving in the background.  Given the symbolic nature of portraiture this would signify  how  important  students played  during  Stephen's tenure.

As mentioned with the portrait of Ingrid Moses, William Hall has been a portrait photographer and film producer for over thirty years.  Based in Red-Hill, Canberra, Hall has an impressive portfolio of work which has included almost the entire social spectrum that includes models, the poorest of humanity to those in positions of power.   William states  that  iit is his genuine  joy, training and experience that helps him to get the best results.

Portrait of Dr Deep Saini by William Hall

Vice Chancellor Deep Saini  by William Hall photography

Dr Deep Saini, has a good deal in common with some of his predecessors. A career academic and researcher, Deep specialises in plant biology. Growing  up in India, Deep attended the Punjab Agricultural University , graduating in 1977, Deep went onto study overseas at the University of Adelaide where he gained  his Doctorate of  Philosophy  in plant physiology  in 1982. Since then,  Professor Saini travelled and worked in a number of  educational institutions worldwide including  4 of Canada's U15 universities (Toronto, University of Waterloo and as Director of Plant Biology  at the Research Institute at the University of Montreal). Following an international search for a successor to Professor  Stephen Parker, Deep was successful and took on the role  in the latter half of 2016.

Professor Saini spent just over three years as President  and Vice Chancellor at the University of Canberra , departing on the 24th December 2019.  Under Professor Saini's leadership and guidance, the University  of Canberra has risen in  the placings of Young Universities  to 54th and in the top 1% of Universities in total.  As well as unveiling a new strategic direction (through Distinctive by Design), Deep's tenure also saw the development of a new teaching hospital and cancer research facility.  Deep  and his family  returned to Canada where he has  taken on the role of Vice-Chancellor of Dalhousie University.

The portrait of Deep Saini by William Hall  Photography portrays a confident leader and academic researcher. The portrait is depicted next to one of the latest public scupture installations 'One Sculpture' by Geoffrey Drake-Brockman.  The  reflective surfaces of the sculpture  makes an interesting backdrop for the subject.

According to his own website, William Hall,

The most recognisable feature of my portrait work is catching moments and genuine interactions between my subjects. I believe in capturing more than a simple copy of what we look like. I prefer to focus on the emotional record of a relationship – telling our story. Without doubt this is the toughest thing to capture and yet the most valued quality because truth and depth this is what we really want to preserve from our relationships.

Shooting people is both the most challenging form of photography – especially making non-models look and feel good about being photographed – and it is the most personally satisfying. But that is what I do and what I enjoy.

William Hall has been  both semi-professional and a professional photographer for as long as he can remember.  As well as official  portraiture, William Hall is also known for sports , formal and informal photography.