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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.

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Chad Morgan, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 2004

John Elliott

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 63.0 cm x 50.5 cm, image: 47.9 cm x 36.0 cm)

Born Chadwick William Morgan in Wondai, Queensland, the singer and comedian Chad Morgan has been called the Clown Prince of Australian country music. After coming second in the Australian Amateur Hour Talent Quest in the early 50s Chad recorded a number of songs for EMI - among them the number that would become his signature tune, "The Sheik of Scrubby Creek." During the 50s he began touring Australia with a succession of live shows, including the Slim Dusty Show, the All Star Western Show and ultimately his own Chad Morgan Show. Wearing his trademark buck teeth, Chad Morgan continues to record and tour the country, performing such favourites as "My Thrashing Machine," "The Duckinwilla Dance" and "My Own Grandpa."

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
© John Elliott

Accession number: 2005.38

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

John Elliott (age 53 in 2004)

Chad Morgan OAM (age 71 in 2004)

Subject professions

Performing arts

Donated by

John Elliott (19 portraits)

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Herb Wharton, Cunnamulla, Qld, 2004 John Elliott
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Herb Wharton, Cunnamulla, Qld, 2004 John Elliott
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Thousand mile stare

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2004

John Elliott talks about his photographic portrait practice, including his iconic image of Slim Dusty arm-in-arm with Dame Edna Everage.

Stan Coster, Manilla, NSW, 1994 (printed 2004) John Elliott
Stan Coster, Manilla, NSW, 1994 (printed 2004) John Elliott
Stan Coster, Manilla, NSW, 1994 (printed 2004) John Elliott
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Thousand Mile Stare

Portrait photography by John Elliott

Previous exhibition, 2004

Thousand mile stare provides a unique portrait of people of rural Australia

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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.