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Douglas Annand
Studio Portrait of Douglas Annand, March 1941, by Max Dupain
Born(1903-03-22)22 March 1903
Died14 December 1976(1976-12-14) (aged 73)
Wahroonga, Sydney
Known forPainting

Douglas Shenton Annand (22 March 1903 – 14 December 1976) was an Australian graphic designer and artist.

Early life[edit]

Born at Toowoomba, Queensland, to Frederick Annand and Helen Alice Robinson. Douglas attended Tudor House School, located in Moss Vale. He later returned (1956) and painted a mural on the rear wall of the memorial hall at Tudor House.

Annand studied commercial art at the Central Technical College in Brisbane. He moved to Sydney in his twenties and remained there for the rest of his life.


After working for several firms, he began as a freelance artist and designer in 1931. His poster for the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932 was very well known. He did commercial work for department stores like Farmers, David Jones, Grace Brothers and Anthony Hordern.[1] He designed the ceiling of the Australian Pavilion for the 1937 Paris International Exhibition. In 1939, he became Design Director for the Australian Pavilion at the New York World's Fair. For his work on this pavilion's design he received the 1940 bronze medal from the Australian Commercial and Industrial Artists’ Association.[2] He took government commissions during World War II including the RAAF.[1]

After the Second World War he was commissioned for many murals, winning the Sir John Sulman Prize in 1941, 1947 and 1951.[3][4] In 1948 he began work for P&O.[5] He designed posters, fabrics, brochures, menus, and many murals for their liners the Orcades and the Oronsay. He created interiors for the Australian National University.[5] He took a Mosman Art Prize for one of his watercolour canvases.[1] His work also extended to magazine covers like Meanjin and coins.[6]

Annand died at Wahroonga, Sydney, in 1976, aged 73. He was survived by one of his two sons.[7]


In 2000 Annand was inducted into the AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association) Paperpoint Hall of Fame.[8] Sketches, photographs and correspondence from Annand are held in the University of Queensland Fryer Library.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Re:collection | Douglas Annand". recollection.com.au. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Eye Magazine | Feature | Douglas Annand (text in full)". www.eyemagazine.com. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  3. ^ "ART EXHIBITS OF DOUGLAS ANNAND". Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947). 4 August 1945. p. 3. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  4. ^ "ARCHIBALD PRIZE TO IVOR HELE". Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld. : 1906 - 1954). 26 January 1952. p. 1. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  5. ^ a b "University decor D. Annand gets job". Sunday Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1926 - 1954). 17 June 1951. p. 6. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  6. ^ "NEW AUSTRALIAN COINS". Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954). 5 November 1937. p. 8. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  7. ^ MacAulay, Bettina, "Annand, Douglas Shenton (1903–1976)", Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, retrieved 4 December 2019
  8. ^ "FAQs. 10th AGDA National Biennial Awards 2010". awards.agda.com.au. Archived from the original on 27 December 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Douglas Shenton Annand Papers - Fryer Manuscripts". manuscripts.library.uq.edu.au. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  • S. Ure Smith (ed), Douglas Annand (Sydney, 1944)
  • J. Campbell, Australian Watercolour Painters, 1780-1980 (Adelaide, 1983)
  • Art and Australia, 15, no 1, 1977
  • Annand, Douglas Shenton Biography at the Australian Dictionary of Biography.