Murray Ball

Murray Ball was born in Feilding in the Manawatu. He worked on the Manawatu Times and the Dominion, then as a freelance cartoonist in the United Kingdom. His most successful cartoon strips were the caveman ‘Stanley’ which appeared in Punch and the colonial ruffian ‘Bruce the Barbarian’ in the Labour Weekly. Murray Ball returned to New Zealand in 1974 and produced his best-known cartoon strip, ‘Footrot Flats’. Murray lives in rural Gisborne with his wife Pam and three dogs.