ID number ART23244
Title Decorating the officers' mess
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Friend, Donald (Artist)
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1945
Medium pen and brush and brown ink with coloured ink washes on paper
Measurement overall: 32.5 x 38.5


At an artillery training regiment in N.S.W. The artist stated that he was "temporarily rescued from the horrors of gun drill, digging gun pits, foot-drill, rifle drill, kitchen fatigues, guards and the infernal, eternal route marches, to execute a series of murals on the walls of the training regiment. Needless to say they were pretty satirical. There was a constant stream of people, from the colonel down to the cooks, inciting one to 'do one of old so and so the time he fell in a flooded slit-trench', and so on". The incident happened at Greta, N.S.W in 1943.