Frank Benier (1919–1998)

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Australian Dictionary of Biography entry for the cartoonist Frank Benier (1919-1998)

Frank Benier (1919–1998), cartoonist and painter, was born on 13 December 1919 at Hindmarsh, South Australia, only child of John Compton Bennier, motorman, and his wife Emily Elizabeth, née Eames. The first Benniers had migrated from Mecklenburg, Germany, in the mid-1840s, and formed part of the South Australian German-speaking Lutheran rural community, although Frank would be convinced throughout his life that the family origins were Basque. Spelling his name Benier, he wore a beret, and, later in life, insisted on his right to wear it in the Sydney Journalists’ Club as national dress, despite a ‘no hats’ rule. He talked often of the Basque roots of his creativity as a cartoonist and painter...
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationAustralian Dictionary of Biography
Publication statusPublished - 2024


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