Gurney, Alexander George (1902-1955)

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Gurney, Alex (1902-1955)
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Cartoonist; Illustrator; Artist; Cartoonist / Illustrator
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Alexander George (Alex) Gurney (1902-1955), cartoonist and illustrator, was born on 15 March 1902 at Morice Town, Devon, England, son of William George Gurney (d.1903), a captain's steward in the Royal...

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Popular and prolific mid 20th century newspaper cartoonist. Worked in Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide and widely published elsewhere. Creator of 'Bluey and Curley'.

cartoonist, was born in Portsmouth, England but came to Tasmania when only a few months old. He lived in Hobart in his teens, served a 7-year apprenticeship with the Hydro-Electric Commission and trained in art at night classes at the Hobart Technical School. He had cartoons published in the Tasmanian Mail then in Melbourne Punch , followed by the Bulletin and Smith’s Weekly . After publishing Tasmanians Today: Caricatures and Cartoons – mainly caricatures – in 1926 (publisher unnamed) he went to Melbourne and worked on the Morning Post until it (rapidly) folded. He then moved to Sydney, where he drew for Beckett’s Budget (1927-31), a controversial magazine that reported courtroom tales and had been labelled obscene. For it Gurney created Stiffy and Mo in 1927, a comic strip based on the Roy Rene and Nat Phillips’ vaudeville stage characters. It is sometimes said to be the first Australian comic strip, though other competitors for the title are Frank Dunne’s untitled soldier comic strip in Smith’s Weekly in the 1930s (Lindesay 1979, 30) and Norman Lindsay’s strip of animal characters in Lone Hand from 1907 (see Blaikie and Lindesay 1994). Gunn’s Gully was another strip Gurney created for Smith’s , while his gag cartoons include 'Waiting for the last ferry – seat occupants and their thoughts’ (8 June 1928, 14); 'DAVE: “You orta marry me; you know I’m a good, steady cove.”/ BLASE CITY DAME: “Steady’s right, Dave. If you were any steadier you’d be motionless” (16 May 1930, 13). ...

  • c.1902

Flourished

  • fl. c.1926 - c.1955

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  1. ['Bluey and Curley' strip cartoon] / Gurney
    Gurney, Alex, 1902-1955
    [ Art work : 1945 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  2. A nice old bird Chis!! [Caricature portrait of A.H. Chisholm] / Gurney
    Gurney, Alex, 1902-1955
    [ Art work : 1930 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  3. Three cartoons relating to A. H. Chisholm by Alex Gurney from the Walter Stone papers; commemorative Anzac Day ribbons and World War I handkerchief ca. 1914-1960
    Gurney, Alex, 1902-1955
    [ Art work : 1960 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  4. Bluey and Curley / Alex Gurney
    Gurney, Alex, 1902-1955
    [ Map : 1945 ]
    At Murdoch University
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  5. Bluey and Curly / by Gurney
    Gurney, Alex, 1902-1955
    [ Book : 1946 ]
    At Aus War Memorial
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  6. Bluey and Curley / by Gurney
    Gurney, Alex, 1902-1955
    [ Book, Conference Proceedings : 1940-1949 ]
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  1. IN INTESTACY. Notice to Creditors. In the Estates of John Ryan Brenan, late of Maitland; Duncan Campbell, late of Cowl Cowl Station; Catherine Dunn, late of Hunter's Hill; James Da...
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