Troop train

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales, Albury
Accession Number ART23216
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 39.8 cm x 43.2 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description pen and brush and coloured inks on paper
Maker Friend, Donald
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Albury
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark 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.