Vale Paul Fitzgerald AM - Members Statement
Wednesday, 6 September 2017
Mr T. SMITH — Paul Fitzgerald, AM, was Australia’s most pre‑eminent portrait artist for many decades. He painted Her Majesty the Queen on no less than three occasions, numerous prime ministers, including Sir Robert Menzies, and Sir Henry Bolte when he was Premier of Victoria. Paul was an ardent Catholic. He was a branch member of the Canterbury branch, which is my branch of the Liberal Party. He grew up in Kew, he went to Xavier College and he died in Balwyn. He was an outstanding Australian. He was awarded the AM in 1997 for his services to art. He will be sorely missed, and I give my condolences to his wife, Mary, and his extended family.