Waiting room, air transport, Finschhafen

Unit United States Army
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 Guinea: Huon Peninsula, Finschhafen, Finschhafen area
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Description

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