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Born in Melbourne, Australia, George Frederick Shilling became a professional artist after winning a design competition, beating out one of the most famous professional designers of his day. His first humorous work appeared in the Melbourne Argus. In 1943, he and his wife fell in love with Cape Town while visiting on their way to London, and settled there permanently in 1946 when Shilling began his position at the Cape Times. Though his cartoons were usually cheerful, one of his first cartoons for the Cape Times became the subject of debate in Parliament, where the cartoon in question was described as "extremely scurrilous work by a cartoonist imported from Australia." Also while at the Times, Shilling published a book of sports cartoons that included rugby, cricket, baseball, racing, tennis, and golf among others. Shilling died in London in 1978.

  • South African Sport Cartoons and Sporting Personalities. Cape Town: Cape Times, 1948.