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John Cheeseman

Post by John Cheeseman · Fri 10 Dec 2010

A tribute to Norman Hetherington – Puppeteer, Cartoonist and 'National Treasure'

Norman Hetherington OAM by Kate Rae

Norman Hetherington OAM by Kate Rae

The Australian community was saddened this week with the news that local Mosman artist Norman Hetherington had passed away. Norman was famous as the creator and voice of the much loved children’s character Mr Squiggle.

In 2005 Mosman Art Gallery had hosted a major exhibition on the art and life of Norman Hetherington called ‘Mr Squiggle, Who’s Pulling the Strings’. In the exhibition catalogue, then Director of the Gallery, Tony Geddes, described Norman as follows:

The creative force and genius behind Mr Squiggle is a humble, quietly spoken and self-effacing man, who lives life through his imagination and wit. With his acute powers of observation and drawing skills to match, Norman Hetherington’s world has been an integral part of Australian culture for the past 67 years. For this achievement alone, Norman Hetherington is a national treasure, together with his alter-ego, Mr Squiggle.

To mark the passing of Norman Hetherington a small tribute exhibition has been put together from the Gallery’s collection and is currently on display. Works include an Australian Story documentary on Norman and the Hetherington family, three episodes of Mr Squiggle, some etchings and a beautiful portrait by local artist Kate Rae of Norman with Mr Squiggle and friends.