Media Release – Portraits Unveiled of Eminent Barristers and Jurists


Portraits of six eminent barristers have been added to the Victorian Bar's collection, including a 2013 painting by executed ‘Bali Nine’ drug trafficker Myuran Sukumaran of his barrister Julian McMahon AC SC, the president of the Capital Punishment Justice Project.

The works join 90 portraits within the Peter O'Callaghan QC Gallery, which seeks to capture the visual history of the Victorian Bar and contribution of its barristers and jurists.

“The portraits are a tribute to the leadership and legacies of great members of the Victorian Bar. The law, our society and our communities are better for their distinguished service,” said Wendy Harris QC, President of the Victorian Bar.

The portrait of Julian McMahon AC SC was painted in Kerobokan prison in Indonesia two years before Myuran Sukumaran’s execution in 2015.

“I am honoured to be included in the portrait collection, but in so doing I hope we remember Myuran too,” said Mr McMahon, who has gifted the portrait to the gallery.

The new portraits include:

  • Sir James Gobbo AC CVO QC, former Victorian Governor, by Brook Andrew
  • The Honourable John Winneke AC RFD QC, former President of Victorian Court of Appeal, by Andrew Dela Rue
  • Julian McMahon AC SC, 2016 Victorian Australian of the Year, by Myuran Sukumaran
  • The Honourable Alan Goldberg AO QC, former Federal Court judge, President of the Victorian Council of Civil Liberties and the Foundation President of the Commercial Bar, by Jacqueline Mitelman
  • The Honourable Betty King QC, former Supreme Court Judge, by Raelene Sharp
  • Max Perry, eminent criminal barrister, by Martin Tighe


The Peter O’Callaghan QC Gallery pays tribute to the enormous contributions of the Bar’s champions and acts as a source of inspiration for future generations of barristers.

The portrait collection includes commissioned and donated works by Rick Amor, Bill Henson, Judy Cassab, Ivor Hele, Paul Fitzgerald, Clifton Pugh, Archibald Colquhoun, Robert Hannaford, Andrew Sibley, Lewis Miller, Martin Tighe and Peter Churcher to name but a few.

The Honourable Sir James Gobbo AC CVO QC and wife Shirley


Chris Winneke QC with portrait of his father, the Honourable John Winneke AC RFD QC


Julian McMahon AC SC


The Honourable Alan Goldberg AO QC


The Honourable Betty King QC


Max Perry

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