|Place||Asia: Netherlands East Indies, Timor Sea|
|Measurement||image: 115 x 153 cm|
|Physical description||pastel and synthetic polymer paint on paper|
|Place made||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright
Jan Senbergs collaborated with Col Madigan, one of the Armidale survivors to create this work which forms part of a series of ten pastel drawings depicting the sinking of HMAS Armidale on 1 December 1942. After surviving on the ship's whaler for eight days at sea, twenty-seven exhausted men were taken aboard HMAS Kalgoorlie. The sense of a communal struggle for survival is strongly conveyed in this work through the faceless mass of bodies which are shown desperately trying to climb aboard the rescue ship.