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Dean Alston interviewed by Helene Charlesworth for the Battye Library collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 1471318
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Alston, Dean (Dean John Douglas), 1950-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research; written permission required for personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1999 
4 digital audio tapes (230 min.) 
Series

Battye Library collection.

Summary

Alston talks about his family background; childhood in Mount Pleasant, W.A.; early interest in drawing; education at Mount Pleasant state schools; interest in technical drawing, English, social studies and geography; caricatures of students and teachers and influence of Rigby cartoons. He then talks about his cadetship in cartographic drafting with the State government; Diploma in Cartography at Wembley Technical College; project mapping; illustrating for government tourist books; re-mapping expeditions; writing and cartooning for Social Club journal and freelance cartooning. Alston then talks about a freehold partnership in a tavern; marriage; travelling to London via New Zealand and US; working for British Gas as cartographer, illustrator and caricaturist; weekly strip "Aussies in London" but no cartooning work.

He then talks about returning to Perth; working on "West Australian"; influence of Rigby, Mitchell, Moir, Cook, Tandberg, Knight, Leak and Petty; changes in own style; techniques; importance of the idea; censorship and self-censorship; awards and reasons for staying in Western Australia.

Notes

The J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History is part of the State Library of Western Australia.

Interview conducted in association with the J.S.Battye Library of West Australian History.

Accompanying material: a selection of cartoons and newspaper articles about his work.

Recorded between May 24, 1999 and June 14, 1999.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Index/Finding Aid Note Summary (1 p.) 
Subjects Alston, Dean (Dean John Douglas), 1950- -- Interviews.  |  West Australian.  |  Cartoonists -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Newspapers -- Western Australia -- Sections, columns, etc. -- Comics.  |  Cartooning -- Australia.  |  Cartooning -- Western Australia.
Occupation Cartoonists.
Other authors/contributors Charlesworth, Helene Barr, Interviewer  |  State Library of Western Australia  |  J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History

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