Richard Jones forwards the melancholy news that Gordon Tripp, the noted artist and cartoonist, died last June in the Kyneton region of Victoria, where he had settled with wife Cheryl. Gordon had many gigs in Port Moresby in the sixties and seventies but none more tempestuous than one I happened to share with him when we both freelanced for the notorious Black and White magazine.
Black and White published 27 issues between 1966 and 1969 and I contributed to three or four of the early ones before bailing out, as I think Gordon did also, deeply concerned about the mental state and cultural views of the publisher and editor, Henry Lachajcak.
In recent years Gordon contributed cartoons to The Kilmore Free Press. Fran Bailey MP, the Federal Member for McEwen and controversial Minister for Small Business and Tourism, has written of him: “Gordon had a knack of capturing the essence of an issue with a few deft swipes of his pen.” On her website, Fran includes a few of her favourite cartoons “even if they don't always show me in the best light!” I reproduce one of them here. You can find more of Gordon’s cartoons on Fran Bailey’s website.