ID number ART23270
Title Burnt out oil tanks, Balikpapan
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Friend, Donald (Artist)
Place made Borneo: Balikpapan
Date made 7 August 1945
Medium pen and ink, brush and coloured wash and Chinese white on paper
Measurement sheet: 32.2 x 44 cm [irregular]; image: 31.6 x 40.6 cm [irregular]


The pre-landing bombardment and strafing of the 7th Australian Division wrought such damage that for some distance there could be seen nothing but ruined buildings, blackened coconut plantations and charred ground. This picture shows some of the oil tanks, whose metal had been wrapped into fantastic shapes and burned to strange colours by the heat, Borneo.