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11 March 2003

The National Museum of Australia celebrates its second birthday tomorrow, with Director Dawn Casey donning an apron and chef's hat to put the finishing touches on the Museum's cake.

'We're looking forward to celebrating with some of the 1.75 million people who visited the Museum in its first two years,' Ms Casey said. 'Everyone is welcome.'

'Like the Museum itself, our visitors represent a colourful cross section of society with about 60 per cent being interstate guests and 10 per cent hailing from overseas.'

'And of 10,000 we've surveyed so far, a consistent 91 per cent say they like us.'

WHAT: The Museum's 2nd birthday party with an appearance by a special guest cartoonist

WHEN: 11.00am Wednesday 12 March

WHERE: The Hall, National Museum of Australia,
Acton Peninsula, Canberra

The Age political cartoonist Ron Tandberg will join the celebrations as winner of the People's Choice Award for the most popular entry in the Cartoons 2002, Life, Love and Politics exhibition.

Tandberg's Receipts, a topical cartoon on the hunt for weapons of mass destruction, was also declared winner of the Australian Political Humour competition by judges and former politicians Barry Jones and Ian Sinclair, earlier this year. This is the first time the people have agreed with the politicians/judges on the nation's top cartoon.

Cartoons 2002 ends its successful run on Monday, Canberra Day. It then travels to the Constitutional Centre in Perth and the National Wool Museum in Geelong.

For more information or to share a piece of Museum cake, please contact Martin Portus on 02 6208 5351, 0409 916 481 or email

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