Australian Cartoonists' Association

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The Australian Cartoonists' Association is the Australian professional cartoonists' organisation and was established on 17 July 1924 as the Society of Australian Black and White Artists.

It soon became The Black and White Artists Society; and, by 1938,its name had been changed to The Black and White Artists Club.[1] By 1939, it had a sketching division and an etching division.[2]

First clubrooms[edit]

The Association's first clubrooms were at 250 George Street, Sydney.[3]

Founding members[edit]

Founding members were Reg Russom, Unk White, Syd Nicholls, Jack Quayle, John Wiseman, Jack Baird, Joe Jonsson, Cyril Samuels, Frank Jessop, Brodie Mack, Mick Paul, Harry J Weston, Jack Waring, Syd Miller, Arthur Mailey, F H Cumberworth, Fred Knowles and Cecil Hartt, who was elected president.[4]

Other notable members[edit]

Hall of Fame[edit]

ACA presidents[edit]

Term President[5]
2000–03 (May) Rod Emmerson
2003–06 James Kemsley
2006–08 Peter Broelman
2008–10 Jules Faber
2010–12 Jason Chatfield
2012-present Jules Faber

Stanley Awards[edit]

The Stanley Awards are issued annually by the Australian Cartoonists' Association and recognise the best of Australian cartoonists and cartooning.

Gold Stanley Award[edit]

The ACA's ultimate credit to a cartoonist is the Gold Stanley Award (named after Australian cartoonist Stan Cross) who was a longtime president of the ACA).[1]

Previous recipients of the award are:

Year Awardee
2010 David Pope
2011 Anton Emdin
2012 David Pope
2013 Anton Emdin
2014 David Rowe
2015 David Pope

Jim Russell Award[edit]

The Jim Russell Award, formerly the Silver Stanley Award, (named after Australian cartoonist Jim Russell), given to individuals or organisations who, in the opinion of the ACA Board, has made a significant contribution to Australian cartooning.[6][not in citation given]

Previous recipients of the award are:

Year Awardee[7]
2010 Steve Panozzo
2011 Rolf Heinmann
2012 Talking Pictures – Insiders (ABC TV)
2013 Russ Radcliffe
2014 Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA)
2015 Stan Cross’ original cartoon, “For gorsake, stop laughing: this is serious!”


  1. ^ a b Sydney Morning Herald 6 August 1938
  2. ^ Black and White Artists, The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 July 1939, p.12.
  3. ^ Sydney Morning Herald 16 February 1939
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  5. ^ a b c "Stanley Awards Yearbook". Australian Cartoonists Association. 2004. p. 110. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
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  7. ^ a b c "Stanley Awards Yearbook". Australian Cartoonists Association. 2004. p. 109. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 

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