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Friday, April 26, 2013

Meet Brisbane's First Sports Page Pin-Up Girl. Our Sports Girl.

"Our Sportsgirl. Brisbane's first newspaper Pin-Up Girl.

Rupert Murdoch introduced the Page Three Girl to the United Kingdoms The Sun newspaper in 1969, but Brisbane had it's very own newspaper pin up girl who first appeared in Brisbanes The Sunday Mail newspaper in December 1946 and was published on appeared on Sundays for about 12 months.

"Our Sportsgirl" as she was known was a feature of the sports pages cartoon feature, drawn by Brisbane artist John Rigby. The features were often vignettes of four or five individual cartoons usually with a sports theme accompanied with a Varga style drawing of Our Sports Girl, often pictured and or verbally recounting any number of compromising situations with a bit of saucy double entendre. Rigby served in the A.I.F. during World War 2, and no doubt would have had his first encounter of the Varga girls during his military service.

Rigby moved to Sydney in 1948 and completed a diploma in fine art at the East Sydney Technical College and in 1955 and entered the Archibald Prize for the first time, served as head of fine art at the Queensland College of Art from 1974 until 1984 and was awarded an was awarded an honorary doctorate from Griffith University for his services to the arts in Queensland in 1994. The Museum of Brisbane held a retrospective exhibition of his portrait works in 2004, John Rigby passed away in October 2012.


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