The Worker Wagga NSW 10-Dec-1908 p27 Ambrose Dyson
The Worker Wagga NSW 10-Dec-1908 p27 Ambrose Dyson


Introduction

Ambrose Dyson (1876 – 3 June 1913), often known as Amb Dyson was an Australian illustrator and political cartoonist, born at Alfredton, near Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, the son of George Dyson, then a hawker and later a mining engineer, and his wife Jane, née Mayall. He was educated at state schools at Ballarat and South Melbourne. He was the older brother of the brilliant Will Dyson and the writer Edward Dyson.
He was a frequent contributor to The Bulletin and Melbourne Punch, but his first regular position was with the Adelaide Critic from 1899 to 1903, then with The Bulletin He worked as cartoonist for the Melbourne Table Talk from 1907 to 1910, while contributing to C. J. Dennis's Gadfly followed by the Sydney-based Comic Australian.
– Wikipedia


Examples of his earlier work include:
Critic Adelaide 17 Aug 1901 P15 A Pretty Tough Job
Critic Adelaide 17 Aug 1901 P15 A Pretty Tough Job

Critic Adelaide 19 Apr 1902 P17 The Band Of Brazen Boodlers
Critic Adelaide 19 Apr 1902 P17 The Band Of Brazen Boodlers


The Herald 1909-1911

Dyson worked at the Herald from 1909 to 1911 and supplied a regular cartoon for the football section of the Friday paper. Dysons cartoons were large and took up a prominent place in the centre of the page. Their size allowed a level of detail that does not translate well to the computer screen .

Herald 3 Sep 1909 P2 Sport 600thumb
Herald 3 Sep 1909 P2 Sport 600thumb


Prior to 1909 there were no regular illustrations or photos in the Herald's football coverage. 1909 saw a huge change with Dyson supplying the Friday illustration and photos from the Saturday games appearing in the Monday paper.

Herald 24 May 1909 P3 Snapshots
Herald 24 May 1909 P3 Snapshots

Herald 27 Sep 1909 P4 Snapshots
Herald 27 Sep 1909 P4 Snapshots

Herald 31 May 1909 P3 Snapshots
Herald 31 May 1909 P3 Snapshots


Dyson’s illustrations address many of the issues of the day, such as violence and the rising professionalism of the game. I have provided a rough thematic breakdown below

Professionalism

Herald 25 Jun 1909 P2
Herald 25 Jun 1909 P2

Herald 27 Aug 1909 P2
Herald 27 Aug 1909 P2

Herald 3 Sep 1909 P2
Herald 3 Sep 1909 P2

Herald 6 May 1910 P2 When Professionalism Is In Power
Herald 6 May 1910 P2 When Professionalism Is In Power

Herald 2 Sep 1910 P2 Where Town And Country Meet
Herald 2 Sep 1910 P2 Where Town And Country Meet

Herald 2 Jun 1911 P2 The Open Market
Herald 2 Jun 1911 P2 The Open Market

Herald 21 Apr 1911 P2 Paid Amateur Or Professional
Herald 21 Apr 1911 P2 Paid Amateur Or Professional



A Race for the Flag


Before we start, a few of the 1909 team captains
Leader 7 Oct 1905 P35 E Elliott Carlton
Leader 7 Oct 1905 P35 E Elliott Carlton
1908 Sniders N Abrahams   Collingwood   R. NASH Goldensquare
1908 Sniders N Abrahams Collingwood R. NASH Goldensquare
Punch 12 Sep 1901 P5 W Griffiths Essendon
Punch 12 Sep 1901 P5 W Griffiths Essendon
1908 09 Sniders N Abrahams   Fitzroy  J Sharp
1908 09 Sniders N Abrahams Fitzroy J Sharp
1908 Sniders N Abrahams   Geelong   H Young Sportmem
1908 Sniders N Abrahams Geelong H Young Sportmem
Punch 23 May 1907 P14 Prominent League Footballers H Nolan Melbourne
Punch 23 May 1907 P14 Prominent League Footballers H Nolan Melbourne
1908 Sniders N Abrahams   J Lawson (at Richmond) Sportmem
1908 Sniders N Abrahams J Lawson (at Richmond) Sportmem
1908 Sniders N Abrahams   Sth Melbourne   C Ricketts Sportmem
1908 Sniders N Abrahams Sth Melbourne C Ricketts Sportmem
1908 Sniders N Abrahams   StKilda   Vic Barwick Gardenvalecollectables
1908 Sniders N Abrahams StKilda Vic Barwick Gardenvalecollectables
Harry Cordner Univeristy
Harry Cordner Univeristy


Herald 7 May 1909 P2
Herald 7 May 1909 P2

Herald 28 May 1909 P2
Herald 28 May 1909 P2

Herald 11 Jun 1909 P2
Herald 11 Jun 1909 P2

Herald 9 Jul 1909 P2
Herald 9 Jul 1909 P2

Herald 13 Aug 1909 P2
Herald 13 Aug 1909 P2

Herald 10 Sep 1909 P2
Herald 10 Sep 1909 P2

Herald 27 May 1910 P2 The First Flight
Herald 27 May 1910 P2 The First Flight

Herald 15 Jul 1910 P2 The Bubble Reputation
Herald 15 Jul 1910 P2 The Bubble Reputation

Herald 22 Jul 1910 P2 A Stiff Climb
Herald 22 Jul 1910 P2 A Stiff Climb

Herald 12 Aug 1910 P2 The Race For A Place
Herald 12 Aug 1910 P2 The Race For A Place

Herald 9 Sep 1910 P2 Who Will Fall Out
Herald 9 Sep 1910 P2 Who Will Fall Out

Herald 7 Jul 1911 P2 The National Game
Herald 7 Jul 1911 P2 The National Game



Big Game Tustles

Herald 16 Jul 1909 P2
Herald 16 Jul 1909 P2

Herald 16 Sep 1910 P2 The Strain Of The Tug
Herald 16 Sep 1910 P2 The Strain Of The Tug

Herald 17 Jun 1910 P2 Carltons Knight Unhorsed
Herald 17 Jun 1910 P2 Carltons Knight Unhorsed

Herald 23 Jun 1911 P2 The MudTown Trot
Herald 23 Jun 1911 P2 The MudTown Trot

Herald 23 Sep 1910 P2 The Fight To The Finish
Herald 23 Sep 1910 P2 The Fight To The Finish

Herald 30 Sep 1910 P2 The Last Scene Of All
Herald 30 Sep 1910 P2 The Last Scene Of All


1910 Weekly Times Vic Footballers Pcard F.Elliott (Captain, Carlton) Carters
1910 Weekly Times Vic Footballers Pcard F.Elliott (Captain, Carlton) Carters
1910 Weekly Times Vic Footballers Pcard W.Thomas (Captain, South Melbourne). Carters
1910 Weekly Times Vic Footballers Pcard W.Thomas (Captain, South Melbourne). Carters
1910 Weekly Times Vic Footballers Pcard G.W.Angus (Captain, Collingwood) Carters
1910 Weekly Times Vic Footballers Pcard G.W.Angus (Captain, Collingwood) Carters


Conditions

Herald 14 May 1909 P2
Herald 14 May 1909 P2

Herald 29 Jul 1910 P2 A Phase Of The Free Kick Problem
Herald 29 Jul 1910 P2 A Phase Of The Free Kick Problem

Herald 5 May 1911 P2 Football In The Dark
Herald 5 May 1911 P2 Football In The Dark



League v Association

Herald 1 Jul 1910 P2 Will There Be Football Fusion
Herald 1 Jul 1910 P2 Will There Be Football Fusion

Herald 20 Aug 1909 P2
Herald 20 Aug 1909 P2

Herald 28 Jul 1911 P2 Tarantara Tarantara
Herald 28 Jul 1911 P2 Tarantara Tarantara



Rules

Herald 12 May 1911 P2 The Charmed Circle
Herald 12 May 1911 P2 The Charmed Circle

Herald 4 Jun 1909 P2
Herald 4 Jun 1909 P2

Herald 8 Jul 1910 P2 The Knotty Point
Herald 8 Jul 1910 P2 The Knotty Point

Herald 9 Jun 1911 P2 Methods That Were And Might Be
Herald 9 Jun 1911 P2 Methods That Were And Might Be



Violence

Herald 10 Jun 1910 P2 The Composite Umpire
Herald 10 Jun 1910 P2 The Composite Umpire

Herald 14 Jul 1911 P2 Notes On The Hurly Burly
Herald 14 Jul 1911 P2 Notes On The Hurly Burly

Herald 18 Jun 1909 P2
Herald 18 Jun 1909 P2

Herald 21 May 1909 P2
Herald 21 May 1909 P2

Herald 23 Jul 1909 P2
Herald 23 Jul 1909 P2

Herald 24 Jun 1910 P2 Taming Of The Crew
Herald 24 Jun 1910 P2 Taming Of The Crew

Herald 26 May 1911 P2 The Trend Of The Game
Herald 26 May 1911 P2 The Trend Of The Game

Herald 3 Jun 1910 P2 A Moving Picture
Herald 3 Jun 1910 P2 A Moving Picture

Herald 6 Aug 1909 P2
Herald 6 Aug 1909 P2



Miscellaneus

Herald 16 Jun 1911 P2 The Fingure In The Pie
Herald 16 Jun 1911 P2 The Fingure In The Pie

Herald 17 Sep 1909 P2
Herald 17 Sep 1909 P2

Herald 18 Sep 1909 P6
Herald 18 Sep 1909 P6

Herald 19 Aug 1910 P2 The Barrackers Day Out
Herald 19 Aug 1910 P2 The Barrackers Day Out

Herald 2 Jul 1909 P2
Herald 2 Jul 1909 P2

Herald 21 Jul 1911 P2 The Sword Of Damocles
Herald 21 Jul 1911 P2 The Sword Of Damocles

Herald 24 Sep 1909 P2
Herald 24 Sep 1909 P2

Herald 26 Aug 1910 P2 This Weeks Moving Pictures
Herald 26 Aug 1910 P2 This Weeks Moving Pictures

Herald 28 Apr 1911 P2 Getting Into Condition
Herald 28 Apr 1911 P2 Getting Into Condition

Herald 30 Apr 1909 P2
Herald 30 Apr 1909 P2

Herald 30 Jul 1909 P2
Herald 30 Jul 1909 P2

Herald 30 Jun 1911 P2 Fresh Fields And Actions
Herald 30 Jun 1911 P2 Fresh Fields And Actions

Herald 4 Aug 1911 P2 The Saints Strike
Herald 4 Aug 1911 P2 The Saints Strike

Herald 5 Aug 1910 P2 What Was And Might Be
Herald 5 Aug 1910 P2 What Was And Might Be

Herald 8 Sep 1911 P2 Playing The Game At The Show   Alen Yates
Herald 8 Sep 1911 P2 Playing The Game At The Show Alen Yates

Herald 11 Aug 1911 P2 Luring Them
Herald 11 Aug 1911 P2 Luring Them

Herald 13 May 1910 P2 Pampering The Player
Herald 13 May 1910 P2 Pampering The Player

Herald 19 May 1911 P2 Faded Away
Herald 19 May 1911 P2 Faded Away



Death of Mr Ambrose Dyson

In late 1911 Ambrose Dyson collapsed at work, The Herald reported the news to its readers on the spots page where his illustrations usually appeared on the same day they published his last illustration.
It Is with feelings of deep regret that I have to state that Mr Ambrose Dyson, whose clever cartoons on this page have been received with great favor by the public week after week, has been stricken with a serious Illness— nerves. Yesterday he was admitted to a private hospital, and his medical adviser expresses the opinion that he will be unable to attend to any work for three months. Arrangements will be made with another popular artist for a continuation of the weekly cartoon. -Herald 23-Aug-1911 p2 Play and Players


Herald 25 Aug 1911 P2 You Sharnt Play In Our Yard
Herald 25 Aug 1911 P2 You Sharnt Play In Our Yard


Ambrose did not recover after this event and in 1913 sadly, the Herald reported his death.

Mr Ambrose Dyson, the well-known black-and-white artist, whose health has recently been such as to occasion anxiety to his friends, has. It will be learned with regret, taken a serious
turn, and is now in a low condition.
Herald 16-May-1912 p8 – In the Public Eye


Death of Mr Ambrose Dyson.
It will be learned with regret that Mr Ambrose Arthur Dyson, the well-known Australian black and white artist, died last evening, at the age of 37 years. The cause of death was bronchial pneumonia. Mr Dyson collapsed some two years ago, while at work, and, although he rallied from time to' time, ho never entirely recovered from the illness.

Mr Dyson's work as a black and white artist and illustrator was favourably known throughout Australia, and indeed, in Great Britain. He had a special facility for cartoon work and was the originator of the football cartoons in this paper. He was the son of Mr George Dyson, retired mining engineer, and Mrs Dyson, of Barkley, street, St. Kilda, and 'a brother of Mr Edward Dyson, one of the lending story writers of the Commonwealth, and of Mr Will Dyson, like himself, a black and white artist. The announcement will come as a surprise to many friends and acquaintances that Mr Dyson was a married man, with one child.
Herald 4-Jun-1913 p8 – In the Public eye


Final Notes


Ambrose Dyson’s son, also called Ambrose, was also an artist, famously contributing the artwork for Frank Hardy’s famous novel about Melbourne crime and politics, ‘Power without Glory’.

Power Without Glory - Cover
Power Without Glory - Cover



Alek Sass illustrated the remainder of the season and in 1912 took over as sporting illustrator, and in 1913-14, Hal Gye became the Herald cartoonist.

Alek Sass's illustrations to end the 1911 season were:

Herald 1 Sep 1911 P2 Fates Threatening Hand   Alec Bass
Herald 1 Sep 1911 P2 Fates Threatening Hand Alec Bass

Herald 16 Sep 1911 P2 Protecting The Nest
Herald 16 Sep 1911 P2 Protecting The Nest

Herald 18 Aug 1911 P2 Football At The Zoo   Unsigned
Herald 18 Aug 1911 P2 Football At The Zoo Unsigned

Herald 22 Sep 1911 P2 The Leagues Final Bout
Herald 22 Sep 1911 P2 The Leagues Final Bout


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