2019 $2 60th Anniversary of Mr Squiggle and Friends – Bill

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Bill Steamshovel blows steam out of his nose when he laughs.

Generations of Australians have grown up with Mr Squiggle and his friends: Blackboard, Bill Steamshovel and Gus the Snail. From his home on the Moon, Mr Squiggle would visit Earth in his rocket to entertain children – with his gentle whimsy and wonderful talent for turning their squiggles into pictures with his pencil nose.

Created by cartoonist and puppeteer Norman Hetherington, the children’s television series Mr Squiggle ran on the ABC between 1959 and 1999. At its height, Mr Squiggle was one of the most popular children’s programs in Australia, receiving many thousands of squiggles each year from children around Australia.


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