Working in the snow, Australian Forestry Unit, Scotland

Working in the snow, Australian Forestry Unit, Scotland
Sheila Hawkins
Working in the snow, Australian Forestry Unit, Scotland

crayon, watercolour, gouache on paper
56 x 76.6cm
ART26918

Hawkins became interested in activities that received little or no official recognition yet were a vital part of war on the home front. The Australian Forestry Company had originally expected to be sent to France, but then that country was occupied by German forces. And so, much to their frustration, they found themselves felling trees in Britain, although still expected to continue with regular military training. While on leave, Hawkins was given access to the forestry crews.