Menu toggle

National Museum of Australia

Where our stories come alive

Collection Explorer

4

Due to unprecedented demand

2003.0034.0131

Due to unprecedented demand

Object information

Physical description

Political cartoon with "Moir" signature written in the bottom right hand corner. Hand drawn in black ink and texta, and black pencil shading, it is drawn on to cardboard. John Howard stands with his back to a door, in front of him are John Howard look-alikes that hold signs that say: "PLEAS/ STAY ON/ JOHN, and "WE/ NEED/ YOU". Howard says: "AW SHUCKS../ OH I DON'T /KNOW.. DO YOU/ REALLY THINK/ SO..?", on the other side of the door Peter Costello thinks: "PRESERVE/ ME". Artist's notes on the reverse read: "2002/ COSTELLO WAITS PATIENTLY/ FOR LEADSERSHIP".

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.

Object information

Back to top