John Frith came to Australia from England and drew cartoons for the Sydney Bulletin 1929 to 1944, becoming principal caricaturist and co-art editor with Ted Scorfield. In 1944, the Sydney Morning Herald decided to feature a daily cartoon and Frith took on the job, working with the paper until 1950. In 1950 Keith Murdoch invited Frith to join the Melbourne Herald where he worked for the next 18 years. He retired in 1969 but continued to draw cartoons and produce other works right up until his death. He was also a skilled caricaturist, a sculptor and a colourful raconteur.