Edwin J. Cannon

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Ted Cannon, Federation University Historical Collection (Cat. No. 536)

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History

Edwin (Ted) Cannon was born at Ballarat on 30 July 1895, the only son of Edwin and Florence Cannon. [1] He studied Industrial Art at the Ballarat School of Mines Technical Art School in 1914. Ted displayed a talent for industrial design but it was his black and white work that 'drew' most attention. His cartoons and caricatures, heavily influenced by Phil May, were of a particularly high standard. During the Ballarat Exhibition of 1913 Ted's work was singled out for notice and he was awarded First Prize.[2]


After completing his art course Ted was employed as an assistant teacher at the Ballarat Technical Art School, before taking a position as cartoonist with the Ballarat Star newspaper at the end of 1914. With the war raging in Europe Ted discovered a darker aspect for his artwork, but, still, he could not resist depicting Turkey as a full-feathered, fez-wearing bird. In 1915 Ted was awarded the prestigious Victorian Education Department Senior Technical School Scholarship. Only months into his scholarship, Ted volunteered for the AIF. A keen member of the local 71st "City of Ballarat" Regiment Ted was already primed for a life in the army. He embarked from Port Melbourne on 23 November 1915 with reinforcements to the 6th Infantry Battalion bound for Egypt.[3]


It was during the Battle of Pozieres on the Western Front that Ted Cannon came into his own. His work with the Scout Platoon (under the command of Lieutenant Jack Rogers) sketching the enemy's gun emplacements proved invaluable to the Brigade and brought Ted to the attention of the Australian High Command. On 13 September 1916 Ted was given a special assignment for General C.B.B. White. Ted was sent out forward of the Old Mill at Verbrandenmolen (in the Ypres Salient) to draw a panorama of the German lines in the area from Hill 60 to The Bluff. It was a hazardous task and Ted was warned to be careful. Tragically he was sniped by an enemy machine-gunner and sustained severe abdominal wounds. Stretcher-bearers rushed him to the 17th Casualty Clearing Station where he was operated on by the doctors at 8.30 that night. With little chance of success, but ever resilient, Ted remained conscious almost to the end. He died early in the morning of the 14 September 1916. His body was buried in the large Military Cemetery at Lijssenthoek.[4]

Ted Cannon's 'Dead Man's Penny', Federation University Historical Collection Historical Collection, 'Returned Home' by W.&O. Mayne, 2013. (Cat. No. 13833)

Legacy

Private Edwin J. Cannon was a cartoonist for The Star and a recipient of a Senior Technical School Scholarship.[5]

Tree 863 was planted in the Ballarat Avenue of Honour was planted for Ted Cannon. The tree is a Broadleaf Maple, and was planted on 04 June 1917 by Miss A. Daw (an employee of Lucas Clothing Factory).[6]

'Ted' Cannon's name is listed in the Ballarat School of Mines Honor Roll.[7]

A new observation post in the Glide on the summit of The Bluff, was marked on all maps as "Cannon's Post".[8]

See also

Work by Ted Cannon as reproduced in the Ballarat School of Mines Student Magazine, 1917, Federation University Historical Collection Historical Collection (Cat. No. 536)

Ballarat School of Mines

Ballarat Technical Art School

World War One

Notes

References

  1. http://www.ballarat.edu.au/about-ub/history/art-and-historical-collection/ub-honour-roll/c/edwin-joseph-ted-cannon-1895-1916, accessed 12 August 2013.
  2. Biography written by Amanda Taylor, 2005. http://www.ballarat.edu.au/about-ub/history/art-and-historical-collection/ub-honour-roll/c/edwin-joseph-ted-cannon-1895-1916, accessed 12 August 2013.
  3. Biography written by Amanda Taylor, 2005. http://www.ballarat.edu.au/about-ub/history/art-and-historical-collection/ub-honour-roll/c/edwin-joseph-ted-cannon-1895-1916, accessed 12 August 2013.
  4. Biography written by Amanda Taylor, 2005. http://www.ballarat.edu.au/about-ub/history/art-and-historical-collection/ub-honour-roll/c/edwin-joseph-ted-cannon-1895-1916, accessed 12 August 2013.
  5. A. M. Taylor. Dinkum Oil: Letters Published in the Ballarat Courier During the Great War. Ballarat, 2006.
  6. Lucas's Staff Appreciation of Brave Men, Final Edition, June 1919.
  7. Ballarat School of Mines Honor Roll, Federation University Historical Collection Historical Collection cat.no 536
  8. Biography written by Amanda Taylor, 2005. http://www.ballarat.edu.au/about-ub/history/art-and-historical-collection/ub-honour-roll/c/edwin-joseph-ted-cannon-1895-1916, accessed 12 August 2013.

Further Reading

Taylor, Amanda, Dinkum Oil: Letters Published in the Ballarat Courier During the Great War, SP, Ballarat, 2006.

External links

http://www.ballarat.edu.au/about-ub/history/art-and-historical-collection/ub-honour-roll/c/edwin-joseph-ted-cannon-1895-1916

http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=3202589


--Beth Kicinski 11:43, 14 December 2012 (EST); --C.K.Gervasoni 17:05, 12 August 2013 (EST); --C.K.Gervasoni 09:53, 2 September 2014 (EST); --C.G.H. 12:46, 18 September 2015 (AEST)

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