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Cartoon titled 'Olympic Flame'.


Cartoon titled 'Olympic Flame'.

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Physical description

A painted colour cartoon entitled 'Olympic Flame'. The cartoon features a caricature of John Howard crying whilst looking at a tower with a shallow bowl on top with flames coming from it. There are three people to the left of Mr Howard and an indication of a crowd behind them. A speech bubble from one of the people reads 'IT'S THEIR FUEL / EXCISE - HE CAN'T BEAR TO THINK THE / OLYMPIC FLAME IS / ABOUT TO BE / EXTINGUISHED!' The artist's signature and date is in the bottom right corner a header and website address is at the top of the cartoon.

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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