ID numberART23186
Collection typeArt
TitleSoldier drinking from a mountain spring
MeasurementOverall: 12.7 x 16.5 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerDargie, William
Place madeNew Guinea: Huon Peninsula, Ramu River Finisterre Ranges Area, Finisterre Ranges
Date madeMarch - May 1944
Physical descriptionpen, ink and wash on paper
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionAn unidentified Australian soldier from the 57/60th Australian Infantry Brigade is quenching his thirst from a stream of water gushing out from a rock on the track between Saipa and Daumoina in the Finisterre Ranges, New Guinea. Dargie noted:
"One of the most beautiful walks that I know in New Guinea is that from Saipa to Daumoina. The track winds pretty much at the same level all the way from Saipa to Yakopi, and half-way up the side of the steep and rocky Finisterre Range. Here and there are high thin falls of clear water from the rock; and as well as these, there are innumerable jets of water springing from the rocky faces beside the trail. A long stiff leaf, or the half of a split bamboo, is often thrust into the small hole from which the water emerges, and this throws the stream even further out from the rock from which it springs. The troops have also learnt from the natives the trick of folding a smaller leaf into a conical shape, and using it as a cup.
Looking at these springs and waterfalls, I remembered and understood the fascination which these things had for the Greeks of antiquity. There is something mysterious in the way that the solid rock suddenly becomes water. And around these little water sources, there are small plants which look greener and fresher than all the other dull foliage of the jungle".