Dean John Douglas Alston (born 1950 in South Perth, Western Australia). He grew up in Mount Pleasant. In 1967 he started a cadetship in cartography with Western Australia’s Lands and Surveys Department. In 1980, he bought into the Carine Glades Tavern, running it until 1984. That year, he married Lisa Prendiville with whom he had a daughter Geraldine (Deanie) in 1985 and a son David in 1988. The couple spent the next eighteen months in England, where Alston worked as a bus driver, drew graphics for British Gas, and produced a strip cartoon for a news and travel magazine. After returning to Western Australia in 1985, Alston was employed by The West Australian. He took over as cartoonist the following year. As of December 2005, he has published nearly 10,000 cartoons, and won numerous awards, including a Walkley in 1991.
Dikko has served with the Army News for over 20 years. His cartoon strip ‘On The Ball’ was also in the Sports Pages of the Adelaide News and he illustrated the book ‘Understanding Cricket’, which sold out when first published in 1985 and again in 2006. He has drawn just about everyone including the Governor General. Radio also had its appeal and he wrote 12 radio serials which were read in peak time Breakfast Radio when the station had 40% of the listening audience or 400,000 people. On Saturdays he also did live radio broadcasts at the local football and a summary of the matches live to air.
Paul Crispin Rigby, AM (1924 – 2006) was an award-winning cartoonist who worked for newspapers in Australia, the UK and the USA. Rigby served in the Royal Australian Air Force during WW2, seeing action in North Africa and Europe. He started his work as a political cartoonist in Perth working for the Daily News in 1952. Rigby moved to London and achieved international fame in the UK and USA. Rigby and his wife retired to the Margaret River area in 2003.