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Papers of Stan Cross, circa 1880-circa 1989 [manuscript]
Bib ID 3548127
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Cross, Stan, 1888-1977
 
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [ca. 1880-ca. 1989] 
1.50 m. (6 boxes) + 1 fol. box. 
Summary

MS Acc05.125 comprises correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings, drafts of articles, and personal documents (4 boxes).

The Acc07.083 instalment comprises notes and notebooks, lists of published cartoons, sketchbooks and scrapbooks (2 boxes, 1 fol. box).

Biography/History

Cartoonist. Stanley George Cross was born in Los Angeles in 1888, to English parents who eventually settled in Perth, Western Australia in 1892. Cross was employed by the Railway Department when he was 16 and studied art at Perth Technical College. He left his job to study for a year in London, where his first cartoons were published by Punch magazine. When he returned to Australia, Cross became a freelance artist, contributing cartoons and illustrations to The western mail and The Sunday times. In 1919 he was offered a job at the new magazine, Smith's weekly, where he worked for twenty years specializing in single-panel cartoons.

Cross created several comics, such as "Smith's vaudevillains" which started in 1928, and "You & me", which was later renamed "The Potts" and continued by Jim Russell in 1939. He started his cartoon column "For gorsake, stop laughing: this is serious!" in 1933, and it became one of the most popular cartoons in Australia. In 1939, Cross left Smith's weekly to work for The Melbourne herald, where he created the comic "Wally and the Major", later taken over by Carl Lyon. Cross retired in 1970 and died on 16 June, 1977.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc05.125, MS Acc07.083.

Related Material Stan Cross Archive of cartoons and drawings, 1912-1974; Located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC/9144/1-5008. 
Subjects Cross, Stan, 1888-1977 -- Archives.  |  Cartoonists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Caricatures and cartoons -- Australia.  |  Australia -- Humor.
Time Coverage 1880-1989 
Occupation Cartoonists.
Terms of Use Copying of Stan Cross' copyright material permitted for research purposes. 
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