ART23153

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ID number ART23153
Title Carrying supplies
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Artist Dargie, William
Place made New Guinea: Huon Peninsula, Ramu River Finisterre Ranges Area, Finisterre Ranges
Date made May 1944
Medium pen, ink and wash on paper
Measurement overall: 42.1 cm x 30.2 cm

Description

Now considered a derogatory term, "White Boogning" was a term used by Australians for the practice of carrying supplies to the forward areas by the troops themselves, instead of employing New Guinean carriers, as was the usual practice. In some cases it was found necessary, owing to the shortage of Papuan carriers, to use the Australian troops for the purpose. Dargie noted, "In this sketch, one of the men is carrying mortar ammo; the man immediately behind him has a bag of tinned foods; and another squatting in the foreground is about to pick up a 4-gallon tin of perishable stuffs, such as sugar, tea, atabrin etc. This last one is a most damnably uncomfortable thing to carry on one's shoulder. The authorities will not allow the boongs to carry for more than 4 hours. There is no time limit for the troops".