Monty's son Justin followed with a speech on behalf of all of Monty's family, talking of his Dad's passionate interest in Australian history. He spoke of how his Dad believed that comics were the best way to teach the younger generation about Australian history. Justin told of Monty's military career and how he came to write and illustrate the definitive reference book Australian Military Uniforms 1800 - 1982. Justin then shared some of the details of his Dad's collection of artefacts housed at the Monarch Museum in Williamtown. A fascinating life!
After the speeches, Dorothy was heard speaking to Nat about a comment he had made during his speech about Sydney artist-cartoonist Syd Miller that had trigged her memories...
There was not much time for chatting, however! Dorothy was in great demand: signing many of the books on sale on behalf of her late great husband! Dorothy stayed until the end of the evening and looked to be thoroughly enjoying herself!
And so, to the 2014 Rotary Cartoon Award Winners:
Best Political Cartoon: John 'Polly' Farmer
Merit: David Rowe
Best Open Cartoon: Eric Löbbecke
Merit: Malcolm McGookin
Best Sports Cartoon: Mark Lynch
Merit: Phillip Day
Best Comic Strip: Tony Lopes
Merit: Tony Lopes
Best Caricature of a Well-Known Person: Anton Emdin
Merit: Judy Nadin
Best Special Topic (Men and Their Sheds): John Allison
Merit: Alan Rose
2014 Cartoon of the Year: Eric Löbbecke
If you get a chance next year, make sure you get along to Coffs Harbour to join in the 2015 Award Night. The people will make you feel most welcome (even if you don't have a Cartoon entered!) and the night is a lot of fun. If you can make it there before then, there are always different artworks on display. If you get there in the next few weeks, you can see some of Monty Wedd's original Ned Kelly drawings...as well as this genuine Ned Kelly replica armour....