|Place||Oceania: Australia, New South Wales, Albury|
|Measurement||Overall: 39.8 cm x 43.2 cm|
|Physical description||pen and brush and coloured inks on paper|
|Place made||Australia: New South Wales, Albury|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
This item is in the Public Domain
Depicts 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.