Story: Cartooning

Glover and Ellis – two views from one cartoonist

Glover and Ellis – two views from one cartoonist

Cartoonist Tom Glover drew under his own name for New Zealand Truth and under the name T. Ellis for the Free Lance. His 1916 cartoon for the then left-wing Truth depicts Prime Minister William Massey acting as a puppet of the capitalist Mr Fat, as he refuses to conscript wealth for the war effort. The 1919 cartoon for the conservative Free Lance shows a labour agitator introducing a suspicious Australia and New Zealand to a villainous Bolshevik (communist), who aims to corrupt them.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: NZ Truth, 10 June 1916, p. 1 (left); Free Lance, 13 March 1919, p. 3 (right).
Cartoons by Thomas Ellis Glover

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How to cite this page:

Ian F. Grant, 'Cartooning - Cartoonists at home and abroad, 1900 to 1950', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 October 2021)

Story by Ian F. Grant, published 22 Oct 2014