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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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Daily Life

Daily Life
Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:41:15 -0800

It's lazy and boring and completely reliant on retro ideas of women and feminism, but that's what I'd expect from a comic whose bio jokes that he's been "cartooning long enough to remember when politicians were real". Dean Alston is old and one day he ...

The West Australian

The West Australian
Fri, 30 Oct 2015 17:07:56 -0700

The photo archive at The West Australian has been opened up online at www.westpix.com.au , where readers, publishers and businesses can buy and license images, front pages and Dean Alston cartoons. 20 years since giraffes share 'The Kiss'. Some of ...

ABC Online

ABC Online
Mon, 09 Nov 2015 03:32:03 -0800

Kristy Diffey : 09 Nov 2015 11:27:48pm. Obviously her win put a few noses out of joint over at the West Australian. You might want to look at the cartoon by Dean Alston in the Weekend edition (7/8th nov). Reply Agree (0) Alert moderator ...

The West Australian

The West Australian
Sun, 25 Oct 2015 10:03:45 -0700

They said highlights of the day included touring the TV studio and watching cartoonist Dean Alston at work. The Generation Z editors, who watched their edition roll off the presses last night, said they were surprised by just how much work went on ...

Irish Times

Irish Times
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:48:14 -0700

A group claiming to speak on behalf of some Irish people living in Australia is preparing an official complaint over a cartoon in an Australian newspaper which they claim is a “racist” depiction of Irish nurses. The cartoon by Dean Alston, printed in ...

Irish Times (blog)

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 ...

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 ...


Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:35:05 -0700

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