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Reference to index of records of cartoon of Alexander George Gurney (1902-1955)


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Gurney, Alexander George (2010) Reference to index of records of cartoon of Alexander George Gurney (1902-1955). University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Alexander George Gurney (15 Mar 1902 -4 Dec 1955), was an
Australian cartoonist born in Morice Town, Devon, UK. After his
father died in 1903, his mother (who was Australian) returned
with him to Hobart, Tasmania, where she remarried. After leaving
Macquarie Street State School at age 13, he served a seven year
electrical apprenticeship with the Hydro-Electric Commission,
studying art part-time in night classes at Hobart Technical School
In 1939 he created the characters for which he became famous:
Bluey and Curley, which first appeared in the "Picture-News"
magazine then The Sun News-Pictorial in 1940 and syndicated
throughout Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The strip, about a
pair of soldiers. Was appreciated for the good-humoured way it
depicted the Australian "digger" "mateship" and for its realistic us
use of the Australian idiom. Alex visited army camps throughout
Australia and New Guinea to ensure authenticity. While in New
Guinea he contracted malaria and was incapacitated for some
time. The strip lost some of its appeal and readership when the
pair returned to 'civvy' street.

Item Type: Other
Keywords: Tasmania, van diemens land, social history, history, colony, colonial, Australia, indexes, University of Tasmania, Library, private deposits, archives, Collections, catalogue, Special, index,
Publisher: University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection
Collections: Other Special Collections
Additional Information:

University of Tasmania Library, Special and Rare Materials Collection - Private Deposit G.12

Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2011 02:36
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2011 21:04
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