Decorating the officers' mess

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales, Greta
Accession Number ART23244
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 32.5 x 38.5
Object type Drawing
Physical description pen and brush and brown ink with coloured ink washes on paper
Maker Friend, Donald
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
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


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.

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