A portrait of the former Premier and former Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine was added to the Parliament House collection on Friday evening.
It’s the latest addition to Premier’s Portraits Collection, and will hang in Queen’s Hall alongside other portraits in Parliament House.
Painted by accomplished Sydney artist Jude Rae, the portrait was officially unveiled by the President of the Legislative Council, The Hon. Bruce Atkinson.
Dr Napthine and wife Peggy were special guests at the ceremony along with members of the Napthine Family, Parliamentarians and friends.
Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell said it was a fantastic tribute to Dr Napthine’s 27-year contribution to state parliament and his time as Premier.
“It’s very fitting that Denis’ likeness will permanently hang in Parliament, given so much of his working life was spent on Spring Street,” Mrs Britnell said.
“Every time I walk past his portrait I will be reminded of his determination as Member for Portland and the South West Coast to make sure his community was well represented in State Parliament – a legacy I plan to continue.”
The portrait gallery for former Premiers of Victoria was initiated by the Hon Frederick Grimwade, President of the Legislative Council from 1979-1985.
It is now a parliamentary tradition to commission a painting of former Premiers at the end of their parliamentary term.
Every Premier since 1933 (with the exception of Ian MacFarlan, who was Premier for 51 days) is represented in the portrait collection. Prior to this date there are portraits of only 4 former Premiers.