Launch of Ron Tanberg’s Artist Board nearby his ‘sense of place’
Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor Susan Salter said council was honoured to launch the new board honouring the work of renowned political cartoonist and illustrator, Ron Tandberg. “While the board may be cartoonist in style, it cele-brates a peaceful location that gave Ron a sense of place in this town from where he communicated with the entire nation torturing the politicians in Melbourne and Canberra much to our amusement.”
Ron was an extremely modest and private person, most happy with his family, his dogs and horses, walking down on the waterfront or working in the garden. He was a national treasure and his death was a great loss to the community who miss him dearly.
Many gathered in the Pavilion at Princes Park where local writer Barry Hill talked about his friendship with Ron that began in 1973 when they both worked at The Age. As Education Editor, Barry made use of Ron’s witty cartoons and witnessed his promotion to the front page of the paper.
“Ron had a schoolboy impudence. He got in first and had the last say,” said Barry. “He was affable, plucky, a humanist and he loved to be out and about with loved ones.”
Barry Donavan, fellow journalist at The Age, said as a member of the Melbourne Press Club and Media and Arts Alliance of Australia, he celebrated Ron Tandberg’s work in an Exhibition of our great cartoonists in the State Library of Victoria in 2016.
Rob Hendry, Ron’s neighbour, said that despite Ron Tandberg’s many accolades and honours, he was a ‘no fanfare, no fuss’ man. Renowned for his wit and wry sense of humour, he was well equipped for his work as cartoonist for The Age.