CARTOONIST, artist, author and founder of the Williamtown Monarch Historical Museum Monty Wedd has died, aged 90.
Mr Wedd served in the artillery and air force during World War II and was the brains behind cartoon characters Captain Justice, The Scorpion, bushranger cartoons starring Ned Kelly and Ben Hall and the historical cartoon strip The Birth of a Nation.
In the lead-up to decimal currency's introduction, Mr Wedd created the Dollar Bill character as part of a government campaign.
Mr Wedd and wife Dorothy established an Australian military museum at their Dee Why home in north Sydney in the 1960s.
By 1987 they had run out of space for their growing collection and decided to move to Williamtown, where they opened the Monarch Historical Museum next to the air force base.
In 1993, Mr Wedd was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his services as author, illustrator and historian. His work appeared in a range of Australian newspapers, including the Sydney Daily Mirror, Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Territorian, Sunday Mail and the Newcastle Herald.
In 2004, he was honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the Australian Cartoonists Association.
Mr Wedd had been battling illness for several months when he died at a Fingal Bay retirement home on May 4.
His funeral service will be held at St Paul's Anglican Church, Stockton, on May 15.