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Drawing - 'All I Want Is The Power To Deal With These Reds!', Ambrose Dyson, Framed, 1951 Object Reg. No: SH 901556

Drawing by Ambrose Dyson, 1951. This caricature, which was published in the Guardian on 2 August 1951, depicts the attempt by Prime Minister Menzies to ban the Communist Party of Australia. This cartoon dates from after the Liberal Party's successful High Court challenge to the constitutionality of the Communist Party Dissolution Bill. It was exhibited at the Social Realists Exhibition at the Melbourne Contemporary Art Gallery in July 1990.

Edward Ambrose Dyson (1908-1952) was a prominent member of the Australian social realist art movement, and contributed a weekly cartoon to the Guardian from 1949 to 1952. His father (Ambrose Dyson) and an uncle (Will Dyson) were also cartoonists. In 1945 he joined the Communist Party and was an active member until his death in 1952.
Raw wooden framed, mounted ink cartoon depicting Sir Robert Menzies, with his pistol and handcuffs, pointing at a crowd of people with placards such as 'PENSIONERS', 'CHURCH BODIES', 'UNIONS' and 'LABOR MOVEMENT'. Beside Menzies is a collection of bombs, bayonnets and a chain.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 51.00 cm (Height), 48.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: art, artworks, politics, artistic practices, politicians, constitutional referendums, artists, public life, political parties, cartoons, arms armour, communism, political ideologies, political comment
Themes this item is part of: Edward Ambrose Dyson, Political Cartoonist & Artist (1908-1952), Arms Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Secondary Classification: Parliamentary Politics
Tertiary Classification: cartoons
Inscriptions: Signed u.l., ink: Amb Dyson. Principal character marked 'MENZIES' on waistcoat. Typed adhesive label: 49. ALL I WANT IS POWER TO DEAL WITH THESE REDS!/28 x 28cm $650.
Artist: Mr Ambrose Dyson, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1951
Place & Date Published: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2 Aug 1951

This cartoon was published in the Melbourne Guardian
Place & Date Exhibited: Melbourne Contemporary Art Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Jul 1990
Place & Date Depicted: Australia, 1951

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