Larry Pickering Wiki
Larry Pickering Bio
|Lawrence D. Pickering was born on 18 October 1942 and died 19th November 2018. He was an Australian political cartoonist, caricaturist, and illustrator of books and calendars. The winner of four Walkley Awards for his work, Pickering largely retired from political cartooning in the 1980s but returned to the field in 2011.|
|Lawrence Pickering born||18 October 1942|
|Lawrence Pickering Died||19 November 2018 (aged 76) in Arundel, Queensland, Australia|
|Lawrence Pickering Nationality||Australian|
|Lawrence Pickering Wife||Carol Pickering (m. ?–2018)|
|Lawrence Pickering Children||11 Children including Jamie Pickering|
|Lawrence Pickering Awards||Walkley Awards, 1971, 1972, 1973 & 1974|
Lawrence Pickering Career
Pickering started working Initially employed as a proofreader, He was able to gain the attention of John Allan, the editor of The Canberra Times. Allan gave Pickering the opportunity to work for the paper as a political cartoonist, and Pickering’s early work coincided with the Whitlam and Fraser governments. It was at this time his first book of cartoons “The Hansard Papers” written by Reuters Economic Services Canberra correspondent Michael Guy and illustrated by Larry was published and went to Number One on the Australian bestseller lists. Pickering was the recipient of two Walkley Awards with The Canberra Times for his work, one in 1971 and a second the following year in 1972. Pickering went on to win the award a further two times, in 1973 with The National Times, and in 1974 with The Sydney Morning Herald.
In 1976 Pickering moved to The Australian, where his “Jungle Series” was featured in the newspaper’s weekend edition. He remained with The Australian for five years, before largely retiring from political cartooning in 1981 – although he continued to publish the “Pickering’s Playmates” calendars, and some of his work continued to appear in The Bulletin.
For the next thirty years Pickering focused on other pursuits, such as training racehorses and growing tomatoes, but in 2011 he returned to political cartooning. Publishing his cartoons online, Pickering became involved in political commentary through his blog, “The Pickering Post”, where he ran a series of posts in 2012 attacking Prime Minister Julia Gillard over the AWU affair. Gillard responded by referring to the website as “vile and sexist”, and described Pickering as a “misogynist”.
Lawrence Pickering Controversies
Pickering was made an undischarged bankrupt in 2010 on a petition from the father of his former de facto, but in reply denied he owed any money and stated his “only asset is a $250 set of golf clubs”.
Pickering acknowledged he helped establish ‘’Cohen Strachan Investments’’, a betting software company which went into bankruptcy in 2010 with millions of dollars lost by investors. Pickering stated he “feels sorry for people who lost money” but that he “had nothing to do” with the company. A private investigator employed by the investors presented a report to the Queensland Police and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission claiming ongoing links between the companies and Pickering, a claim he denies. In November 2015, Queensland Fraud Squad detectives reopened the investigation into Pickering’s involvement in Cohen Strachan Investments. It was reported that police had interviewed him at his Gold Coast home.
The Supreme Court of Queensland found that Pickering derived “significant financial benefits” from Hamlyn Crest, the Australian distributor of the betting software and that his denial of involvement in the management of the company was “thoroughly implausible”.
On 10 February 2017, at a speech for the far-right Q Society, Pickering denounced Muslims and homosexuals, saying “I can’t stand Muslims. If they are in the same street as me, I start shaking. They are not all bad [because] they do chuck pillow-biters off buildings”.
Lawrence Pickering Wife and Children
Pickering lived on the Gold Coast, Queensland with his wife Carol Pickering (m. ?–2018). He had eleven children.
Lawrence Pickering Health Issues and Death
Pickering, a smoker, had lung cancer and had most of one lung removed in January 2016. After the operation, his doctors told him that he would be ‘unlikely to survive to the end of 2016’. By the end of 2016 and into 2018 Pickering was still posting on his blog, The Pickering Post.
Pickering died on the evening of 19 November 2018 at an Arundel Hospital, aged 76, with his wife and family at his side.