Troop train
ID numberART23216
Collection typeArt
TitleTroop train
Measurementoverall: 39.8 cm x 43.2 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerFriend, Donald
Place madeAustralia: New South Wales, Albury
Date made1945
Physical descriptionpen and brush and coloured inks on paper
CopyrightCopyright expired - public domain
DescriptionDepicts exhausted Australian soldiers asleep in the carriage of a railway train at Albury, New South Wales during the Second World War. In 1942, Donald Friend enlisting with the AIF, was posted as a gunner to the artillery unit near Albury. In 1945, Friend was selected for appointment as official war artist. He travelled to Morotai, Labuan and Balikpapan, recording sights which confronted him and drawing in particular on the expressive potential of human form. Friend was extraordinarily prolific, producing 53 paintings and 143 drawings for the Memorial.