"Macka" sleeping in tent, Diego Garcia

Unit Royal Australian Navy
Accession Number ART91760
Collection type Art
Measurement Framed: 71.3 cm x 81.2 cm x 4.7 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on hardboard
Maker Churcher, Peter
Place made Indian Ocean: Diego Garcia
Date made 2 March 2002
Conflict Period 2000-2009
Afghanistan, 2001-
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Figure of a young man asleep on his bed in the communal tent at Diego Garcia. Peter Churcher recalled, "This is one of the men's corners in a communal tent in Diego Garcia. The young man is a mechanic for the F18 Hornets and had been on night duty. I was able to work on him in his makeshift environment whilst he slept through the day. Little moments in the image struck me as poignant: the teddy bear, a parting gift from his wife; the photographs of his wife and dog along with the pin-up posters. Hanging on the locker was his uniform which he will wear again that night when he goes back on duty".