ID number ART22897
Title Pumping out bomb crater, Labuan
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Friend, Donald (Artist)
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 1946
Medium oil with brush and black ink on canvas
Measurement Overall: 46.8 x 61.4 cm


Pumping out a bomb crater. In the early days of the job, when water was a rarity and there was none to spare, the deep green pools in the craters were used as laundries and swimming baths, so that even those that were being emptied often presented the appearance of a social occasion - sunburnt bodies splashing about in the water; the sound of enjoyment mingled with the drum-beat of the pumping engine.