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Homo Australis

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Physical description

Depicts three men, moving from left to right: convict crouching in front of picture of man in 18th-century military uniform; man in dark suit with tails, bowing to picture of queen; man walking with paper marked 'REPUBLIC / YES / [square with tick]. Captions -- at top: 'THE ASCENT OF BEING AUSTRALIAN'; beside figures: '1788', '1901', '1999'. Signed 'KRON' on left side. Paper marked '4' in top left corner, '29.10.99' in bottom right corner.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of 134 political cartoons collected under the auspices of the National Museum's 1999 Political Humour Competition.

The cartoons provide a satirical record of the major events and personalities in Australian politics in 1999. Major topics addressed within the collection include the Goods and Services tax, the Sydney Olympics, the 'cash comment controversy' on talkback radio, the defeat of Jeff Kennett in the Victorian election, Republic referendum, the independence struggle in East Timor, racism, Aboriginal land rights and Australia's international relations. There are a number of illustrations and caricatures of notable political figures including John Howard, Peter Costello, Jeff Kennett and Peter Reith. The collection features works from all of Australia's major metropolitan newspapers. Taken together the collection provides a wonderful archive of the best of Australian political cartooning in 1999.

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