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Cartoon logo titled FORTRESS AUSTRALIA by Alan Moir

2001.0036.0126

Cartoon logo titled FORTRESS AUSTRALIA by Alan Moir

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Physical description

A black and white hand drawn cartoon logo for the 2001 Political Humour competition, by Alan Moir. The cartoon shows a crenelated round tower with caricatures of John Howard, Kim Beazley and another man at the top. The base of the tower is surrounded by waves and has sections missing from both sides. The artist's signature is in the bottom right corner.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of 150 political cartoons collected under the auspices of the National Museum's 2001 National political Humour Competition. There are 41 different artists represented in the collection including Alan Moir, Peter Nicholson, Geoff Pryor, Cathy Wilcox, Sean Leahy, Bruce Petty, Dean Alston and Ward O'Neil. The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics in 2001. Major topics addressed within the collection include the 2001 election, asylum seekers (including the Tampa controversy) and the war in Afghanistan. There are examples from all major metropolitan newspapers as well as material from regional publications. There are traditional black and white editorial and pocket cartoons as well as colour illustrations and caricatures. Taken together the collection provides an archive of Australian political events in 2001 and demonstrate the quality of Australian cartooning and illustration.

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