Cartoon Gallery

Below are three galleries of cartoons published in the newspapers of Ceylon during the 1950s.

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Monkey Gallery (1953-1955)


During the mid 1950s, the Daily News and the Ceylon Observer published a series of cartoons by Aubrey Collette, a satirical cartoonist, where Sinhalese people who spoke little or no English and their supporters were depicted as monkeys. These cartoons provide a unique window into the lasting effects of colonisation during the post-independence period.

English Cartoon Gallery


These cartoons by Aubrey Collette were published in the Daily News and the Ceylon Observer from 1952 to 1959 and have a common theme.

The Sinhala Cartoon Gallery


These cartoons were published in the Lanka Deepa newspaper from 1955 to 1964.