"Sorry, sir, but there where no kangaroos about." (Sydney Bulletin, 1943)
Cecil White was an Australian cartoonist, illustrator and painter, known under the pen name Unk White. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, he came to Sydney in 1922 with the artists Joe and Guy Lynch. He became a well-known member of the bohemian art scene, and contributed regularly to magazines like the Melbourne Punch, The Bulletin, Smith's Weekly and Beckett's Budget. He is the creator of the comic strips 'Freckles' (1928) and 'The Adventures of Blue Hardy' (for Pix magazine, 1938).
He also made features like 'Don Taylor & Wix', 'Dr. Evil', 'Blue Hardy' and 'Lost Country' for the often one-shot comic books published by Frank Johnson Publications in the 1940s. By 1944, he became an official war artist and served in the RAAF and Royal Navy in New Guinea, the Pacific and Japan. He was also famous for his watercolor paintings. From the late 1960s Unk White drew many of the architectural drawings in the Rigby Sketchbook series.