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Archive of Australian Model Lynn Sutherland

Lynn Sutherland was one of Australia's first internationally successful models. During the 1970s she achieved great acclaim as one of Australia's best 'natural blonde' exports to the world. The archival collection represents the broad scope of her career from the late 1960s through to the 1990s.

Born in 1948, Lynn attended Caringbah High School and lived at Dolan's Bay. She trained to be a model at Pat Woodley's modelling agency and began working as a professional fashion model for TV …


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Object Statement

Archive, of Australian model Lynn Sutherland, containing photographs, colour transparencies, 8mm film, model's composites, magazine covers, magazine tear sheets, newspaper advertisements and clippings, miscellaneous publications and biographical articles, paper/plastic/metal, Australia/ Italy/ France/ USA/ United Kingdom/ Belgium/ Germany/Japan, 1965-1998

Physical Description

The archive contains approximately 18 photographic prints, 3 colour transparencies, 7 reels of 8mm film in metal canisters, numerous model's composites, magazine covers featuring Lynn as model, magazine tear sheets, newspaper advertisements and miscellaneous publications and biographical material produced and published around the world from Australia to Italy, France, USA, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and Japan, 1965-1998

The archive is arranged in 5 Series:

Series 1 (2000/5/1-1) contains photographic prints, colour and black and white, contact prints, proof prints and colour transparencies by various photographers of Australian model Lynn Sutherland, her husband Jean Louis David, their children Lindsay and Lesley, Lynn's father Allen Sutherland and photographer Laurence (Laurie) Le Guay, 1965-1996.

Series 2 (2000/5/1-2) contains reels of film (7), 8mm film in metal cannisters, mostly shot by Australian model Lynn Sutherland, showing Lynn's family and friends and models and fashion photographers at work, including Laurie Le Guay, Jean Jacques Bugat and other photographers, filmed in Sydney and other parts of the world, 1965-1975

Series 3 contains the model's Composites, paper, for Australian model Lynn Sutherland, various photographers, Australia, France, England and United States of America, 1969-1998.

Series 4 contains magazine covers, magazines, magazine and newspaper tear sheets and clippings, printed advertisements and miscellaneous publications, relating to Australian model Lynn Sutherland, printed in Australia and other countries, 1968-1998.

Series 5 contains biographical material including a Women's Weekly poster, invitations, a letter, a card, magazines and magazine and newspaper tear sheets with biographical articles all relating to Lynn Sutherland and her activities as a leading Australian model, Australia and other countries, 1969-1998.



Photographs by various photographers.

Magazines by various publishers in which Lynn models fashion by a wide range of international and Australian fabric and dress designers including Kenzo, Maglia, Sekers, Biba, Fiorucci, Gianni Versace, Zegna, Yves Saint Laurent, Benetton, Wrangler, Levi, Anne Klein, Valentino and Dorothee Bis. Lynn also models for advertisements - a range of products ranging from Smirnoff Vodka to Richard Hudnut hairspray, Ponds skin cream to Clairol hair products and L'Oreal hair colour, and Tres Pres toothpaste.

Super 8mm films made by Lynn Sutherland in Australian and overseas locations.



This personal and professional collection of Lynn Sutherland was compiled in Australia and in other countries around the world including Italy, France, New York, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and Japan between 1965-1997.
Many of the covers and magazine tear sheets were collected by Lynn Sutherland's mother from local newsagencies. Other items were collected by Lynn overseas during her career as a model in Australia and overseas.
Some items were used in her portfolio, while others were kept as momentos of good times, personal achievement and international success.
Lynn offered to donate her collection to the Museum after seeing Divinyl's pop singer Chrissie Amphlet's school uniform and other memorabilia on display in the 'Real Wild Child' exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum.

A story in Flair April 1969 pp.54-58 titled 'Teen Drama / Teen Dream', features several pages of images showing Lynn in night dresses with portraits all around her.


Credit Line

Gift of Lynn Sutherland, 2000

Acquisition Date

4 January 2000

Cite this Object


Archive of Australian Model Lynn Sutherland 2023, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 30 May 2023, <>


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