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Ron Tandberg, 1995

Francis Reiss

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 33.0 cm x 37.8 cm, image: 31.6 cm x 36.0 cm)

Ron Tandberg (1943-2018), cartoonist, was working as a teacher when he contributed his first cartoon to the Education section of the Age in the early 1970s. It led to a position as Australia's first cartoonist to 'draw to' a news story. His cartoons have appeared almost daily since. In a career of some 30 years he won an unrivalled 10 Walkley Awards - eight for Best Cartoon and two Gold Walkley Awards. He received a Melbourne Press Club Quill Award for Best Illustration in Any Medium in 2006 and won the Quills People's Choice Award in 2002. He won the National Museum of Australia Political Humour award for best political cartoon in 2002 and again in 2003. Tandberg's books include Tandberg's age of consensus (1984) and Tandberg draws the line (1982); he collaborated on a book about contemporary teenagers, Real Wired Child, with high-profile psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007
© Estate of Francis Reiss

Accession number: 2007.50

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Francis Reiss (age 68 in 1995)

Ron Tandberg (age 52 in 1995)

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Interview with Ron Tandberg video: 2 minutes
Interview with Ron Tandberg video: 2 minutes
Interview with Ron Tandberg video: 2 minutes
Interview with Ron Tandberg video: 2 minutes

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.