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January 27, 2023

Cartoonists in Australia Day Honours List

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In wonderful news for Australian cartooning, two cartoonists have been recognised in the Australia Day Honours List, announced today by the Governor-General, His Excellency the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC:

Warren Lindsay Brown AM (General Division) for significant service to media as a cartoonist and to military history. Warren began his career at News Limited as a cadet artist, later moving to The Illawarra Mercury as a press artist. He started drawing daily cartoons in 1985 and became the lead cartoonist on the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph upon Frank Benier’s retirement in 1986. Since that time, Warren has diversified his field of interests to include restoring military vehicles and writing books, presenting on television and working with the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on a variety of commemorative projects. In 2006, Warren took part in a re-enactment of the first long-distance car race from Peking to Paris in 1907, narrating the resulting documentary for ABC-TV. Warren has been presented with three Stanley Awards for Editorial/Political Cartoonist (1997, 1998 and 1999).

James Vane Lindesay OAM (General Division) for service to literature as a cartoonist, illustrator and writer. Born in Glebe, Sydney, in 1920, Vane is Patron of the Australian Cartoonists Association and the author of at least 18 books on Australian cartooning. The best-known of these is The Inked-In Image (1970), a history of Australian comic art, an essential part of any cartoonist’s reference collection. Other works include biographies of cartoonists Stan Cross and WEG and Some Fragments Recalled, a self-published autobiography. Vane was awarded the Silver Stanley (now Jim Russell Award) for Significant Contribution to Australian Cartooning in 1988 and was inducted into the Australian Cartoonist Hall of Fame in 2015.

The Australian Cartoonists Association extends its warmest congratulations to both cartoonists on their extraordinary achievement.

Cathy Wilcox
Australian Cartoonists Association