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Political cartoon relating to HMAS WYATT EARP

Date: c 1948
Dimensions:
Overall: 330 × 465 mm
Image: 260 × 415 mm
Medium: Paper, ink
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Rhod Cook
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Cartoon
Object No: 00054703

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    Description
    Original hand-drawn political cartoon by Brisbane Courier Mail political cartoonist Jack Lusby that depicts a comic caricature of HMAS Wyatt Earp following its return from the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition in January 1948. This object is one of a large collection of documents, photographs, uniforms, ship badges and ephemera associated with the Royal Australian Navy service of brothers William Cook and Frederick Cook. Both men entered service prior to the Second World War, were seconded to the Royal Navy, and underwent training at Greenwich and Portsmouth. Frederick Cook later gained fame as the only Australian survivor of HMS Royal Oak, torpedoed by a German U-boat in October 1939. William Cook was the youngest commander of an Australian destroyer during the Second World War, and was First Lieutenant of HMAS Wyatt Earp, the primary research vessel for the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition in 1947-48.
    SignificanceThis drawing was in the possession of Captain William Cook, a Royal Australian Navy officer who served as second-in-command aboard HMAS Wyatt Earp, the first Australian naval vessel to participate in an Antarctic research expedition (the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition) in the immediate post-war period. The drawing, entitled 'Voyage Deferred', is the original drawn by Brisbane Courier Mail political cartoonist Jack Lusby to mark Wyatt Earp's return from its failed voyage to Antarctica in January 1948. It appeared in the 23 January 1948 edition of the Brisbane Courier Mail and was later presented to the crew of Wyatt Earp. It was subsequently framed and hung in Wyatt Earp's wardroom mess, where it remained until the vessel was decommissioned from naval service (and ended up in Cook's possession).
    HistoryHMAS Wyatt Earp was originally built as the Norwegian fishing vessel Fanefjord in 1919. In 1933 it was purchased by American Antarctic explorer Lincoln Ellsworth and named Wyatt Earp after the famed American lawman of Dodge City, Kansas and Tombstone, Arizona. The vessel was acquired by the Royal Australian Navy in 1939, renamed HMAS Wongala (an Indigenous Australian word meaning 'Boomerang'), and operated as an examination vessel and guardship in South Australian waters during the Second World War. In 1947 the vessel was renamed HMAS Wyatt Earp prior to its involvement in the Australian National Antarctic Resarch Expedition. It was decommissioned and sold in 1951, ultimately renamed M/V Natone, and was wrecked on Queensland's Rainbow Beach in January 1959.
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