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The Dipper

One of the versions of thick, macho moustache strongly associated in the Australian visual lexicon with sportsmen of the 1970s and 80s.

The Dipper shares a lineage with the ‘taches sported by men like David Boon, John Newcombe, Malcolm Blight, Leigh Matthews, and Dennis Lillee, and is teamed with a rich shadow of stubble.

1The Dipper. 2Robert Di Pierdomenico "Dipper", 1986 Rennie Ellis. © Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive. www.RennieEllis.com.au.

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Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay
Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay
Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay
Henry Lawson, c. 1919 Lionel Lindsay

Jo's mo show

(with beards)

Previous exhibition, 2011

This exhibition illustrates changes in beards, moustaches and sideburns from the 1780s to the 1980s.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.