'Rabbits' (Frank O'Neill and Able Seaman John Burke)
ID numberART21728
Collection typeArt
Title'Rabbits' (Frank O'Neill and Able Seaman John Burke)
MeasurementOverall: 50.5 x 39.6 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerHodgkinson, Roy
Place madeNew Guinea
Date made1944
Physical descriptioncharcoal heightened with white on paper
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionDrawing made to depict some well known humour to be used in the AWM Christmas Book "H.M.A.S Mark lll". Seen walking towards us is B2081 F.J. O'Niell, Royal Australian Naval Reserves (RANR). Able Seaman J.F Burke is the other figure. O'Niell is H.M.A.S Kapunda chief "rabbiteer". He makes souvenirs from damaged salvaged goods, mostly souvenirs from crashed Japanese aircraft and ammunition. He sells his trinkets, comprising ash trays, rings, picture frames, salt cellars etc. These articles, produced in this manner are known in Navy "slanguage" as "rabbits". The term "Tuck their ears in" is also well known throughout the Fleet and is used mainly on a man who is carrying excess gear. Between watches, almost every member of the mess deck spends his time making some sort of souvenir, New Guinea.