Nov 24

This week marked the passing of Paul Rigby noted in The Australian as “the legendary Australian cartoonist whose quirky, stylised work graced the pages of the world’s great newspapers, has died in Western Australia.” Paul Rigby’s cartoons were regulars in the New York Post and Daily News in the 70’s. Cartoons appeal to all ages and inevitably appear in the curriculum at various stages but history examiners have “identified cartoon interpretation as an area of weakness in the teaching of History in Australian schools.” To this end the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library has developed this Cartoon PD in a Package. The team behind the package is looking for feedback from teachers. Here’s one of Rigby’s cartoons from The Sun on 24 July 1971 with a nod to the prospect of computers taking over the Ashes entitled “Damned uncanny, these computerised Test matches…“:
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Source: Centre for the Study of Cartoons and Caricature, University of Kent

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