Keep Them Flying!

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number ARTV01114
Collection type Art
Measurement Sheet: 24.8 cm x 31.3 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description Offset lithograph on paper
Maker Jardine, Walter Lacy
RAAF Publications Unit
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made c.1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


This is a recruiting poster for the WAAAF, with an image of a uniformed WAAAF in the centre. The poster has the slogan 'Keep them flying! There's a job for you in the WAAAF' printed in red. In a grey box on the lower left, 'Apply at RAAF Recruiting Centre or Committee in Your District', is printed in black ink. There are four Spitfires in the sky upper left, and one Hudson aircraft on the airstrip lower right. The Australian flag partly fills the background. For information about the model, Elvia Mulhare, see file number 03/0493.

Born in Sydney in 1884, Jardine joined the Australian Star as an illustrator aged 26, in 1910 where he worked for the next 20 years. While working at the Sun, he achieved widespread recognition for his full page black and white illustrations. During the Second World War he was commissioned to produce posters for the Department of Defence.