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Bill Martin (Sydney William Martin) (1919-1993)

Sydney William Martin was born in Babikin in Western Australia in 1919. His family's background was in wheat farming, and he left school at 14 to enter employment himself, initially as a packer in an electrical factory. It has been said that the owner first saw his sketches on some of the packaging material. He was so impressed that he arranged for him to instead begin work at an art studio, even secretly paying his apprentice fees. Bill Martin went on to work for a process engraver, where he would have learnt much about illustration and printmaking.

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