Frank Dunne


Born: Laois, Ireland


Lawrence Francis Dunne (1898 – 23 December 1937), generally known as Frank but also as Beau was an Australian cartoonist, born in Boorowa, near Harden, New South Wales.While apprenticed as a process-engraver in 1914, at the outbreak of World War I, he and his brother Bill joined the First AIF. He served with the 1st Field Ambulance from 1915 to 1919 in theatres as far apart as Gallipoli and Pozières.He joined Smiths Weekly in 1928 as staff cartoonist and after the death of Cecil Hartt in 1930, illustrated its Unofficial History of the AIF pages with similar joke drawings of the Australian digger. He was in turn succeeded by Lance Mattinson. While at Smiths, he made a notable caricature of the staff artists Seeings Believing – Smiths Artists On Parade 30 July 1932Frank was also a talented painter in oils, despite his being colour-blind – his sons would help him distinguish red from green.

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