William Ellis Green.
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WEG cartoons to show at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery

WHEN Ginger Meggs climbs down off the walls of the Bunker Cartoon Gallery after the doors close on Saturday, WEG and the Woolgoolga Art Gallery members will begin climbing up.

Cartoonist William Ellis Green, almost universally known as WEG, died on December 29.

The Bunker Cartoon Gallery is privileged to hold in its collection some 20 original works by WEG which will be exhibited in the foyer of the Bunker as a tribute to this celebrity cartoonist and great Australian. The walls of the main gallery will see the Wondrous Works of the Woolgoolga Art Group.

The new exhibition will open at 6pm on Friday, February 13.

WEG was famous not only for his sporting cartoons but his lightning penmanship.

When a would-be thief fled his Melbourne home after being interrupted by the pyjama-wearing cartoonist, he probably thought he had got away with the crime. But you don't mess with the man reputed to be the 'world's fastest caricaturist' even if he is wearing pjs. Green simply sketched the thief's image enabling police to capture him within a few days.

Despite his mother's warning -'you will starve if you become a cartoonist'- Green joined the Melbourne Herald in 1946 and stayed there for 40 years, becoming one of Australia's leading cartoonists and a legend in his own lifetime.

WEG first scribbled off a poster for the Australian Rules Football Premiership in 1954. Originally intended as an advertisement, it was the start of a VFL Grand Final tradition lasting 54 years.

So popular are WEG's posters today that more than 100,000 copies are sold each year and collectors have been known to pay up to $5000 for select posters.

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