ID number ART25905
Title First Japanese envoys for surrender negotiations arrive at Balikpapan
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Hodgkinson, Frank (Artist)
Place made Borneo: Balikpapan
Date made 1945
Medium pen and coloured wash on paper
Measurement Overall: 50.8 x 60.9 cm

Description

Japanese envoys Captain Tsujihashi, Lieutenant Commander Tsuneyo Nanda, Lieutenant Yoshifumi Kubota, all naval officers, and interpreters Nagashima and Ohdone with attendants bearing a basket of bananas as a gift from Vice Admiral Kamada, Commander of Japanese Naval Forces in Dutch Borneo, to Major-General E.J Milford, CBE., DSO., General-Officer-Commanding 7th Australian Division, arrived at Balikpapan as a preliminary to surrender ceremony. (Incidentally, fresh fruit was scarce on Balikpapan and the basket of bananas "disappeared" before the Japanese envoy could present the gift). The compound shown here bears evidence of the bombardment and battle for Balikpapan which was fought through this area some two months earlier.