Hall of Fame

Les Tanner

1927 - 2001

Tanner's stellar career as a political cartoonist, historian of cartooning and columnist began at the Sydney Daily Telegraph. His art was powered by a fierce sense of social justice, tempered by intuitive wit. Tanner's anti-capital punishment cartoon of Sir Henry Bolte in 1967 led to the pulping of an issue of The Bulletin and a job as chief political cartoonist on The Age. From 1970 to 1997 he also wrote a much-loved weekly column, Tanner With Words. He was the winner of two Walkleys and the Melbourne Press Club's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Daughter Judy Tanner accepting award at 2014 Hall of Fame dinner (1:11)