Pumping out bomb crater, Labuan

Place Asia: Malaysia, Labuan
Accession Number ART22897
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 46.8 x 61.4 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil with brush and black ink on canvas
Maker Friend, Donald
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 1946
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


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.

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