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Benier, Frank (1919 - 1998)

Frank Benier original cartoon artwork.

Frank Benier was born in Hindmarsh, South Australia. At the age of 14 he began submitting cartoons to the Adelaide Express and Journal, and had his first cartoon published in 1934. After leaving school he started work on the Adelaide News with the intent of becoming a journalist, but soon moved to the art department. During the Second World War Benier joined the army, and served in the Middle East and New Guinea. He returned to Adelaide after the war, and moved to Sydney in 1956, where he worked in film animation. He got his chance to draw daily cartoons for the Sydney Sun when their regular cartoonist, Emile Mercier, went on holidays. Benier spent some years in London at the Daily Herald. Benier returned to Australia, to work on the Sydney Sun, after Mercier's retirement in 1968. In 1971, Rupert Murdoch invited him to join the Sydney Daily Mirror. Benier replaced Cole Buchanan and retired from the Daily Mirror in 1986.