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Mateship of the Ring II

2003.0034.0103

Mateship of the Ring II

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Physical description

Political cartoon with "Moir" signature written in the lower right hand corner beneath is written "more at moir.com.au". Hand drawn in black ink and texta, shaded and painted in black in some areas, on cardboard. It depicts two men, Howard with a ring on one figure and his other extended up and Costello holds his stick with a sack tied to the end that reads: "THE/ LODGE/ OR/ BUST.". The figures are hiding in from a group of horse riding and flag flying bandits who run past them to the right. A speech bubble from the head of Howard reads: "SSH.. TIS THE/ MASTERS OF THE RING.../ THEY WILL NEVER REST/ UNTIL IT IS REGAINED...". Artist's notes on the reverse read: "10.01.02 / COMM(?)NTING ON THE ALP 9 THE UNDEAD)".

Statement of significance

The collection consists of 220 original editorial cartoons drawn by Alan Moir and published in the Sydney Morning Herald from 1986-2003. 58 of the cartoons are from Moir's popular series entitled "Little Caesar" which is published in the Saturday edition of the paper.

This collection provides an overview of the work of one of Australia's leading political cartoonists, Alan Moir. Moir is the editorial cartoonist for the Sydney Morning Herald and has also worked for The Bulletin and Courier Mail. The collection documents the twists and turns of Federal politics from 1986 to 2003. The prime ministerships of Hawke, Keating and Howard all reviewed through Moir's satirical gaze. Major issues covered include the economy, international relations, the introduction of the GST, corporate collapses, the Bali bombing and the second Gulf War.

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