The Cartoonist

Robert Menzies walking two ducks, wearing crowns, as two bemused gentlemen walk behind him. The Provisional Parliament House is in the background. They are watched by a muzzled dog and a bird holding a sign: Dogs Eat Royal Ducks.

The Herald, 22 January 1963

This cartoon is about an incident that took place at the Prime Minister’s Lodge, in Canberra, during January 1963. Prime Minister Menzies and his wife, Dame Pattie, arrived back at the Lodge to find that a dog had entered the duck run at the rear of the Lodge gardens and killed around six Muscovy ducks. The crowns on the ducks’ heads refers to the fact that some Muscovy ducks are known as ‘royals’.