MEDIA RELEASE - Vale Robert Oatley AO
11 January 2016
Robert Oatley AO will be remembered for his passion for winemaking and sailing
and also as a generous contributor to the arts.
founding benefactor of the National Portrait Gallery, Mr Oatley contributed
generously. His support enabled the National Portrait Gallery to secure the
landmark ‘Portrait of Captain James Cook RN, 1782’ by John Webber, and
other works associated with Captain Cook. The portrait is displayed in a
gallery named in honour of Mr Oatley.
Mr Oatley was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for
his distinguished service to the Australian wine and tourism industries, to
yacht racing, and to the community as a supporter of medical research and
visual arts organisations.
deepest condolences to Mr Oatley’s family and friends.