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Chips Rafferty, c. 1967-69 (printed 2010)

Jozef Vissel

type C photograph (sheet: 30.5 cm x 40.5 cm, image: 28.2 cm x 35.5 cm)

Chips Rafferty MBE (1909-1971), screen actor, was born John Goffage and nicknamed 'Chips' as a boy. He worked in a number of manly jobs including shearer, miner, drover and pearl diver before making his film debut in Ants in His Pants in 1938. He made a foray into Hollywood for The Desert Rats (1953), and was vaguely and briefly marketed as Australia's answer to Cary Grant, but he was more in his element playing the lean and laconic bushman. Variations on this character appear throughout his filmography, which constitutes a list of films that contributed to the establishment of the popular notion of Australian identity: Forty Thousand Horsemen (1940), Bush Christmas (1947), The Overlanders (1948), Eureka Stockade (1948), Rats of Tobruk (1951), Kangaroo (1952), Smiley (1957), Smiley Gets a Gun (1959), The Sundowners (1960) and They're a Weird Mob (1966).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Jozef Vissel 2011

Accession number: 2011.14

Currently not on display

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Jozef Vissel (age 32 in 1967)

Chips Rafferty MBE (age 58 in 1967)

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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.