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1927               Born, Melbourne
1943-47            Attended National Gallery School
1946-50            Attended George Bell Art School, Melbourne
1951-56         Travelled to London, worked as framer and attended part-time Chelsea School of Art & Central Art School
1957               Returned to Australia
1961               Married Lyn Watson
1963               Moved to Upwey
1964               Travelled to Europe on Helena Rubenstein Scholarship
1969               Moved to Hawthorn
1972-74         Member, Commonwealth Art Advisory Board
1973-76         Member, Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council
1975-82         Trustee, Council of the National Gallery of Australia
1976               Awarded OBE
1980               Awarded Doctorate of Law, LL.D (Honoris Causa) by Monash University
1982               Died, Melbourne


1970               Heroic Landscape: Streeton to Williams, NGV
1971               Fred Williams Watercolours, QAG & Newcastle Art Gallery
1972               Fred Williams Retrospective, Mornington Peninsula Arts Centre
1973               Adelaide Festival Theatre Murals, Festival Theatre, Adelaide
1974-75         Ten Australians, Australia Council touring show, France, Italy, W.Germany, Great Britain, and AGNSW
1977               Paintings 1963-77, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
                        Fred Williams - Landscapes of a Continent, MoMA, New York;  toured Florida, Nebraska, Texas
1978               Fred Williams, Paintings, Gouaches & Lithographs 1976 - 1978 Touring exhibition, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney
1980               Fred Williams 1969-79, Australian Embassy, Paris Fischer Fine Art, London
                        Fred Williams, Works in the National Gallery of Victoria, NGV
1981               Fred Williams: Painter/Etcher, NGA
1981-82         Fred Williams: Bass Strait Landscapes 1971-78, toured Tasmanian and Victorian galleries
1983-84         Fred Williams: The Pilbara Series, CRA touring show, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo
1987-89         Fred Williams: A Retrospective, National Gallery of Australia & tour of all State Galleries
1988               Fred Williams: The Pilbara Series, CRA touring show, London, Ulster, Belfast, Kilkenny
1994               Fred Williams: Etchings 1970-76 & The Guthega Paintings, Ian Potter Gallery, University of Melbourne
1995               Fred Williams: A Working Method, NGV
1996               Fred Williams: The Queensland Gouaches, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, and tour of 5 regional galleries, Queensland
1999               Fred Williams: Drawing the Exotic, Museum of Modern Art at Heide
2000               Fred Williams Pilbara Series, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne
2000-01         The Enduring Landscape:  Gouaches by Fred Williams (from the collection of the NGV), Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2001               From  Music Hall to Landscape, Fred Williams Drawings and Prints, AGNSW
2001               Fred Williams landscapes 1959 - 1981, Monash University
2001               Fred Williams drawing the nude, Museum of Modern Art at Heide

Including those listed above, there have been over 70 solo exhibitions since 1957.