Tony Rafty, Australian caricaturist, died at 99

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Tony Rafty, born Anthony Raftopoulos on October 12, 1915, and died October 9, 2015, Tony was a Greek Australian artist.

He specialised in drawing caricatures.

Rafty was born in Paddington, New South Wales into a family of Greek origin. As a boy he first started drawing caricatures whilst caddying during the Depression.

During World War II, Rafty served as a war artist and journalist for the Australian Army, serving in New Guinea, Borneo and Singapore.

He sketched the surrender of the Japanese in Singapore, and covered the release of POWs from prison camps, including Batu Lintang camp in Kuching, Sarawak.

He completed many sketches of war action, including a memorable one of Lord Louis Mountbatten.

A few years later he covered the Indonesian War of Independence, and befriended President Sukarno of Indonesia.

His considerable number of works from that era are housed in the National Library and the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, with others held at the Imperial War Museum in London.

Tony Rafty passed away on October 9, 2015, at age 99.

 

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