Larry Pickering

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Larry Pickering
Born Lawrence D. Pickering
Known for Cartoonist
Awards Walkley Awards, 1971, 1972, 1973 & 1974

Larry Pickering (born 1942) is an Australian political cartoonist, caricaturist and illustrator of books and calendars. The winner of four Walkley Awards for his work, Pickering largely retired from political cartooning in the 1980s, but returned to the field in 2011.


Initially employed as a proofreader, Pickering was able to gain the attention of John Allan, the editor of The Canberra Times. Allan gave Pickering the opportunity to work for the paper as a political cartoonist, and Pickering's early work coincided with the Whitlam and Fraser governments. It was at this time his first book of cartoons "The Hansard Papers" written by Reuters Economic Services Canberra correspondent Michael Guy and illustrated by Larry was published and went to Number One on the Australian bestseller lists. [1] Pickering was awarded two Walkley Awards with The Canberra Times for his work, one in 1971 and a second the following year in 1972.[2][3] Pickering went on to win the award a further two times, in 1973 with The National Times,[4] and in 1974 with The Sydney Morning Herald.[5]

In 1976 Pickering moved to The Australian, where his "Jungle Series" was featured in the newspaper's weekend edition.[6] He remained with The Australian for five years, before largely retiring from political cartooning in 1981 – although he continued to publish the "Pickering’s Playmates" calendars, and some of his work continued to appear in The Bulletin.[1][6]

For the next thirty years Pickering focused on other pursuits, such as training racehorses and growing tomatoes, but in 2011 he returned to political cartooning.[7] Publishing his cartoons online, Pickering became involved in political commentary through his blog, "The Pickering Post", where he ran a series of posts in 2012 attacking Prime Minister Julia Gillard over the AWU affair. Gillard responded by referring to the website as "vile and sexist", and described Pickering as a "misogynist".[8][9]

Partial bibliography[edit]

  • Pickering, Larry (1973) The best of Pickering: a collection of some of the best cartoons of Larry Pickering, Australia's most popular and successful political cartoonist, Federal Capital Press, Canberra. ISBN 0-9598675-0-3
  • Pickering, Larry (1976) It's Pickering's best, Pickering Promotions Ltd, Gosford, NSW. ISBN 0-9596618-0-8
  • Pickering, Larry (1980) A decade of Pickering, HEL Productions, Milsons Point, NSW. ISBN 0-9596618-9-1


  1. ^ a b "Larry Pickering". Museum of Australian Democracy. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lawrence D Pickering". The Walkley Foundation. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lawrence D Pickering". The Walkley Foundation. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lawrence D Pickering". The Walkley Foundation. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lawrence D Pickering". The Walkley Foundation. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Day, Mark (26 September 2011). "Julia Gillard's Menzian features arouse cartoonist Larry Pickering". The Australian. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Browne, Rachel (28 August 2011). "Things must be absurd: Pickering's back". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Grattan, Michelle (24 August 2012). "Misogynists, nutjobs and falsehoods: PM hits back". The Age. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Quinn, Karl (24 August 2012). "Defiant Pickering says he's not finished with PM yet". The Age. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 

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