First air-raid on Australia, 19 February 1942
ID numberART22831
Collection typeArt
TitleFirst air-raid on Australia, 19 February 1942
Measurementoverall: 52.8 x 68.4 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerHodgkinson, Roy
Place madeAustralia: Northern Territory, Darwin
Date made1942
Physical descriptioncharcoal, watercolour, goauche on paper
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionThis work was drawn from a small set of photographs taken by an able seaman on a corvette on the day that the Japanese first bombed Darwin. The SS Neptuna was bombed whilst berthed at the Darwin Jetty. The ship was loaded with mixed cargo and depth charges, it caught alight and eventually blew up. Directly in front of the explosion the tiny Vigilant can be seen doing rescue work. To the right in the background is the floating dock holding the SS Katoomba which escaped the bombing. In the foreground is the SS Zealandia which was dive bombed and which eventually foundered. On that day 9 of the 13 ships in the Harbour were sunk.