Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE (b. 1931), former sprinter, has been Governor of South Australia since November 2001. The ‘Lithgow Flash’ won two Olympic gold medals at Helsinki in 1952, becoming the first Australian woman to win an Olympic gold medal for track and field and the first Australian to win an Olympic gold medal on the running track since 1896

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The portrait of Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE by Avril Thomas was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

Avril Thomas painting set up in the sunroom at Government house South Australia
A day painting in the view through the French windows
Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson AC CVO MBE and Avril Thomas
Working on the preparitory drawing