Waiting room, air transport, Finschhafen

Accession Number ART22838
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 45.5 cm x 60.8 cm; framed: 64.5 cm x 79.8 cm x 4.5 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas on plywood
Maker Herman, Sali
Place made New Guinea1: Huon Peninsula, Finschhafen, Finschhafen area
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Australian Military Forces, airfield waiting room, Finschhafen, New Guinea. 'I made the sketch to this painting about the middle of June 45. At that time [Finschhafen] was most likely one of the busiest airports in the world, quite a contrast to when I saw it after the surrender, when it seemed dead. Men came from everywhere and had to wait for further transport. Sitting and standing in the waiting room were Australians, Americans, and Negroes in an atmosphere of smoke, boredom and tiredness.' Sali Herman, Finschhafen, New Guinea, 1945

Herman enlisted in the Army in 1941 and was assigned to the First Camouflage Section. He later became a sergeant with the 3rd Royal Australian Engineers Training Battalion at Kapooka. He was appointed an official war artist in 1945 and worked in the Pacific for five months, recording scenes in Lae, Torokina, Bougainville and Rabaul.