Edward Ambrose Dyson
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Edward Ambrose Dyson

Edward Ambrose Dyson (15 December 1908 - 26 November 1952), often known as "Amby" or "Amb Dyson" was an Australian illustrator, comics artist [1] and political cartoonist.


He was born in Melbourne on 15 December 1908, the son of Ambrose Dyson (1876-1913) and Mabel Fraser.[2]

He was a student at Yarra Park State School until 1922, when he started working as a labourer, which lasted 14 years, when he took some lessons and embarked on a full-time artistic career.

In 1944 he was working as a cartoonist for the army newspaper SALT (for Sea, Air, Land Transport). It was there he became a friend and associate of Frank Hardy, sharing Hardy's left-wing views and joining the Communist Party of Australia.[3] He contributed drawings to Hardy's masterpiece Power Without Glory.

He died on 26 November 1952.


  • Hardy, Frank (as "Ross Franklyn") Power without Glory (14 drawings by Ambrose Dyson) 1950
  • Lambert, Eric Gold (13 drawings by Ambrose Dyson) Melbourne 1951
  • Hardy, Frank J. The Man from Clinkapella with a foreword by Alan Marshall, ill. Ambrose Dyson 1952
  • Ambrose Dyson with foreword by Frank Hardy and a memorial poem by David Martin. Ambrose Dyson Memorial Committee, 1953



  1. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/dyson_ambrose.htm
  2. ^ Kerr, Joan (14 November 2007). "Edward Ambrose Dyson". Dictionary of Australian Artists Online. Retrieved 2010. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  3. ^ Roberts, Jack (25 January 2010). "Edward Ambrose Dyson". Reason In Revolt. Reason In Revolt Project. Retrieved 2010. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)

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