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Dean Alston
Born 1950
South Perth, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Awards 1991 Walkley Award

Dean John Douglas Alston (born 1950) is an Australian cartoonist who became the editorial cartoonist of The West Australian newspaper in 1986.[1]


Dean Alston was born in South Perth, Western Australia. He grew up in Mount Pleasant and attended Applecross Senior High School.[2] In 1967 he started a cadetship in cartography with Western Australia's Lands and Surveys Department. In 1980, he bought into the Carine Glades Tavern. He travelled to London via New Zealand and the US, working for British Gas as a cartographer, illustrator and caricaturist.[3] In 1985, Alston was employed by The West Australian. He took over as editorial cartoonist the following year. As of January 2015, he is estimated to have published over 13,200 cartoons and won numerous awards, including a Walkley Award in 1991.


The final two frames of Alas Poor Yagan by Dean Alston

In September 1997 The West Australian published an Alston cartoon entitled Alas Poor Yagan, which criticised the fact that the return of Yagan's head had become a source of conflict among the Indigenous Australians of Western Australia, instead of fostering unity. The cartoon could also be interpreted as casting aspersions on the motives and legitimacy of named indigenous people who were humorously identified with mixed racial heritage. The content of the cartoon offended many Aboriginal people. The elder Robert Bropho levelled accusations of racism against The West Australian. Eventually the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission ruled that the cartoon made inappropriate references to Noongar beliefs but did not breach racial discrimination law. This ruling was upheld on appeal by the Federal Court of Australia.[4]



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ABC Online

ABC Online
Sat, 08 Nov 2014 17:30:00 -0800

Dean Alston from the West Australian has pretty much summed up probably what was going through their minds. Malcolm: "I knew I'd outlive him." JACK THE INSIDER: Then you've got Julia saying, "I'm glad Rudd's up the other end!" Kevin's doing the same ...
Irish Times (blog)
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:18:45 -0700

And here's the response they claim to have received from the cartoonist Dean Alston minutes later: What do you think? Is the cartoon “racist”, as the IPLA administrators believe, or is it funny? Read the full news story on the controversy Irish group ...

Irish Times

Irish Times
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:00:54 -0700

A cartoon in the West Australian newspaper depicting Irish nurses and a leprechaun doing a jig at the bedside of two hospital patients caused a bit of a stir last August, when the Facebook group Irish People Living in Australia, which has more than 30 ...

ABC Online

ABC Online
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:21:32 -0800

The power to provoke, stir, enlighten, amuse or simply provide a different perspective in a single picture is unique to cartoonists, who have a range of weapons photographers do not. But the editor of a collection of the top Australian political ...

Shreveport Times

Shreveport Times
Sat, 27 Dec 2014 20:51:44 -0800

... Bossier-Wesbter District Judge-Elect Jeff Thompson, Minden City Court Judge-Elect Sherb Sentell, Sam Gregorio, Dean Alston B. Johnson, of St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral and Bishop L. Lawrence Brandon, of Praise Temple Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral.

The West Australian

The West Australian
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0700

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Tue, 12 Aug 2014 04:26:15 -0700

A comic depicting Irish nurses published in Australian Newspaper The West Australian has been criticised by members of the Irish community living in Australia. The image, which includes four Irish nurses and a leprechaun in a patient's room, has been ...
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:22:30 -0800

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