ID number ART25027
Title Positions from which 2/4th Australian Field Regiment fired on Japanese positions on Shaggy Ridge
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Artist Dargie, William
Place made New Guinea: Huon Peninsula, Ramu River Finisterre Ranges Area
Date made March 1944
Medium watercolour on prepared artists board
Measurement Overall: 28.6 cm x 38.2 cm

Description

Dargie noted, "Beyond the position, which is situated by a green volcanic lake in the foothills of the Finisterres, can be seen the wide plain of the Ramu, and, in the distance, the slopes of the Bismarck Ranges, the peaks covered with cloud. This part of the country has a most sinister beauty: a faint sickly haze softens the already featureless plain; in the foothills hot and brief showers of rain fall from the faintest clouds; and higher up one is never far from the skeleton of the earth --- eroded slopes of intrusive granite that has cooled and crystallized at some great depth, green rocks and flakes of red jasper, all exposed now that primary drainage has washed the great mass of their covering earth down to form the river flats below. Across the foreground of this sketch runs the signal wire from Div HQ to Brigade, situated on the top of the first of the high ridges."