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The New Advocate. Pen drawing. A skeletal hunger-striker in the rags of a fashionable dress, with feathered hat and court shoes, carries a 'Votes for Women!' placard. This cartoon was reproduced on the front page of The Daily Herald newspaper on Wednesday June 11th 1913. William Dyson was born in Australia in 1880. He became a regular contributor to the Sydney Bulletin, with conservative politicians being the main target for his satire. In 1909 Dyson moved to London and worked for the Weekly Dispatch. This was a time of great political excitement in Britain with the Liberal government challenging the powers of the House of Lords and the Women's Social and Political Union using militant methods to win the vote. Dyson's cartoons created a sensation. In his native Australia, women had the vote since 1893 and he felt very strongly about this issue, producing a series of cartoons attacking the way the government was treating the suffragettes.
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