Cartoons by that Odd Mr Sprod – 28 March to 17 July

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The ST Gill Room has been developed as a space for quarterly exhibitions on a history theme. Up first was the John McDouall Stuart display of artefacts from his 1862 expedition, next a selection of small objects borrowed from Burra National Trust. Now we have David Sprod’s collection of his uncles war cartoons, books, magazine covers and other ephemera. It is a fascinating insight into a delightfully “odd” man.

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George Sprod - 1940's Punch and Womens Weekly Covers

George Sprod – 1940’s Punch and Womens Weekly Covers

In the 1940’s, before television, newspapers and magazines were the most influential mass media. The iconic Australian Women’s Weekly made its way into almost every family home.

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George Sprod

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The drawings executed in Changi were done on scrounged paper using brushes and ink because materials were scarce. This influenced George’s style and produced cartoons that are quite distinctive.

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