Vale Doug Raffan
1945 – 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce that Doug Raffan, co-founder of Raffan & Kelaher (now Raffan, Kelaher & Thomas) sadly passed away on Friday, 23rd October 2020, after a long illness. Doug was 74 years of age.
Doug spent his entire working life in the auctioneering industry, initially working for F R Strange, followed by Hamilton and Miller and Australasian Auctions.
Together with Jim Kelaher, Doug established Raffan & Kelaher in a small building in Camperdown in 1976 ,before moving to two other buildings in Camperdown, which was then followed by a brief stay in Dulwich Hill. Raffan & Kelaher moved to John Street, Leichhardt in 1990.
Doug loved auctioneering and had a vast knowledge of antique furniture and objets d’art. He adapted to computers quickly and assisted in writing the computer programmes initially used by the Raffan & Kelaher.
Doug retired from Raffan & Kelaher in 1991, having built it into Sydney’s largest antique, fine art and general Auction house.