Pioneer patrol passing through a native village at Tanjongg, Rancharancha, Labuan
|Title||Pioneer patrol passing through a native village at Tanjongg, Rancharancha, Labuan|
|Place made||Malaysia: Labuan|
|Medium||pen and brush and brown ink on paper|
|Measurement||Overall: 37.9 x 41.2 cm|
Depict a group of unidentified Australian Pioneer Unit on patrol in native village, Labuan. The Australian Pioneer Unit was part of the 2/1st Australian Infantry Battalion. 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.