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Brought ‘bull pen’ to mind


The Gisborne Herald headline of Thursday 25th “ADORABULL” put me in mind of the cartoonist Alan Paterson who lived in Gisborne in the mid 1960s and was curator for the Gisborne Art Gallery and Museum from 1964 until his sudden death in 1968. He had a number of books published during his career and there were three books of his cartoons that were published posthumously, the first one in 1969 titled “The bull pen” sold over 100,000 copies, and I attach a relevant illustration from that book for interest during Angus Bull Week. The other two were “Knight after knight” and “Professor Paterson's book of engaging birds”.

He worked for the Dominion newspaper as their first staff cartoonist before moving to Palmerston North in 1950, and ultimately Gisborne. He was a widely-read person and enjoyed French poetry, particularly that of Francois Villon. He was an active member of the Wellington Savage Club, a keen gardener and I have been told that both he and his wife Nancy were naturists.

Mike Costello