Brigadier General Thomas Dodds

Accession Number ART03344
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 93.6 x 81 cm; unframed: 76 x 64 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Quinn, James Peter
Place made France, United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1918
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Official war artist James Quinn was instructed to paint the portrait of Brigadier General Thomas Henry Dodds CMG CVO DSO, as part of an ongoing series of portraits that acknowledged senior military leaders in the Australian Imperial Forces.

Prior to the First World War, Dodds served with the militia, including in the South African War as adjutant of the 5th (Queensland Imperial Bushmen) Contingent in 1901-02. He was mentioned in despatches and awarded the Distinguished Service Order. He was also promoted to honorary captain. He pursued a military career and became recognised for his sound administrative abilities. Dodds remained in Australia at the outbreak of the First World War and in particular was responsible for recruitment to the Australian Imperial Forces.

In 1917 Dodds was appointed to the staff of Lieutenant-General Sir William Birdwood as deputy adjutant general, AIF at the headquarters of 1 Anzac Corps. When Birdwood went to command the Fifth Army, Dodds accompanied him to handle Australian personnel matters. In October 1918 Dodds, now brigadier general, succeeded Brigadier General Thomas Griffiths as commandant of A.I.F. Administrative Headquarters in London. He returned to Melbourne in May 1919.

In his post war years, Dodds took an active involvement in the Returned Sailors' and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia, and held numerous military and dignitary positions.

See: A. J. Hill, 'Dodds, Thomas Henry (1873–1943)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1981, accessed online 11 August 2016.