Place Asia: Japan, Hiroshima, Hiroshima
Accession Number ART26539
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 44 x 58.4 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description ink and coloured wash over pencil on paper
Maker Rowed, Reg
Place made Japan: Hiroshima, Hiroshima
Date made August 1946
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
British Commonwealth Occupation Force, 1946-1952 (Japan)

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


A view of the epicentre of Hiroshima following the dropping of the Atomic Bomb. People are walking through the debris of broken rubble, with some partially destroyed buildings still standing. The Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall, now referred to as A-Dome Bomb, can be seen in the background.

Scenes of the destroyed city were recorded by Australian official war artist Lieutenant Reg Rowed (1916-1990) in 1946. Rowed was deployed to Japan with the 12,000 Australians serving in the British Commonwealth Occupation Force. From 1946 to 1952 Australian forces were responsible for Hiroshima Prefecture, site of the first atomic bomb attack in history.