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Chips Rafferty, 1945-47

Max Dupain

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 26.0 cm x 20.5 cm, image: 24.3 cm x 20.2 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 Danina Anderson, daughter of Max Dupain 2017
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2017.24

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Max Dupain (age 34 in 1945)

Chips Rafferty MBE (age 36 in 1945)

Subject professions

Performing arts

Donated by

Danina Anderson (34 portraits)

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