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Behind the Lines: The Year's Best Cartoons 2008 was on show at the National Museum in Canberra from 2 December 2008 to 1 February 2009. This touring exhibition was also on show at the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane from 21 November 2009 to 14 March 2010.

Behind the Lines: The Year’s Best Cartoons 2008

For many years now, the National Museum of Australia has maintained a strong collecting interest in Australian political cartooning. Political cartoons are a unique medium wherein humorous content often underscores a powerful political message, and they can provide a unique insight into the year in politics.

We now have a substantial collection of cartoons that can track the last decade of Australian politics and which we know will be of great value to the Museum, researchers and the Australian public in years to come.

Behind the Lines 2008 is a celebration of the best Australian political cartoons sourced throughout the year. Regulars to the exhibition will be pleased to see their favourite artists such as Bill Leak, Cathy Wilcox, John Spooner, David Rowe, Geoff Pryor, David Pope and Mark Knight included in this year's show.

We hope the exhibition will also create new fans for the work of up-and-coming cartoonists such as Dan Boermans and First Dog on the Moon.

Finally, this year we farewell a stalwart of the Australian cartooning trade: Geoff Pryor. After more than 30 years as editorial cartoonist for the Canberra Times Pryor has put his pen, but not his sense of humour, to one side. Geoff has always been a strong supporter of the National Museum of Australia and we wish him well in the future.

Craddock Morton
National Museum of Australia


Discover how a well-executed cartoon can say more about our politics than hundreds of words.

About the artists

Learn more about the artists whose political cartoons featured in the exhibition.

Text only version

View an accessible, text-only page that brings together the ‘alt’ tags descriptions of each cartoon.

Text only version
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