The theme of capitalist greed was often expressed through a political
imagery in which the fat capitalist is always opposed to the emaciated
worker. This allowed the cartoonist to show industry owners as wealthy
and insensitive to the needs of the poor, as exploitative and uncaring.
These three cartoons refer to some of the major strikes of the early
1890s and reflect the way in which the labour movement sought to gain
support for the workers and reflect their point of view.
"The Strikes" Bulletin, 23 August 1890, p.13. By permission of the
National Library of Australia.
The cartoon The Strike Ended - Throwing Out Dirty Water also
shows how unions tried to argue that it was only by joining together
that workers could hope to better their working conditions
"The Strike Ended - Throwing Out Dirty Water", Bulletin, 5 November
1890, p.5. By permission of the National Library of Australia.
"The Broken Hill Strike", Bulletin, 9 July 1892, p.5. By permission
of the National Library of Australia.
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