Donald Friend (1915–1989)

Friend studied at Dattilo Rubbo’s School in Sydney in 1933–34 and at the Westminster School in London in 1935–36. He enlisted in the second AIF in 1942, and served as a gunner. During this time he wrote and illustrated Gunner’s diary (1943) and Painter’s journal (1946), reinforcing his reputation as a witty and perceptive artist and writer. He was appointed an official war artist in 1945 working in Labuan, Morotai and Balikpapan.

Works featured in this exhibition

Desolate plantations, Balikpapan Desolate plantations, Balikpapan

Crowds dancing, Kings Cross, Sydney Crowds dancing, Kings Cross, Sydney

Japanese dead from suicide raid, Labuan Japanese dead from suicide raid, Labuan