Uprooting of lives and families was commonplace in the years of the Great Depression. The route Rigby would have to travel would encompass the fields of sign-writing, cartooning, topographical intelligence for the army, commercial art, advertising and art teaching.
Commercial art would take more than 30 years of Rigby’s life beginning in his teens. To some extent, ‘we are all shaped by those early years’. Rigby was keen to find a place in the art world with a sensible step of formal training. Even so, Rigby had job-seeking advantages in the Brisbane pre-World War II era.