Tube of vegemite : Official War Artist L Miller

Accession Number REL31463
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Aluminium, Foodstuff – wet, Plastic
Maker Kraft Foods Ltd.
Place made Australia: Victoria
Date made c 2002
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

Olive green painted 15 gram tube of vegemite with a black screw lid. The tube has been opened and some of the contents used. One side of the tube is printed in black 'UNEX INTERNATIONAL (AUSTRALIA)'. The other side reads 'VEGEMITE UNDER LIC. KRAFT FOODS LTD.'

History / Summary

Used by Official War Artist Lewis Miller who accompanied Australian Defence Forces to Iraq in 2003. The Melbourne based artist and winner of the 1998 Archibald Prize, was commissioned as a war artist by the Australian War Memorial. He arrived in Qatar on 14 April, 2003 and spent the following three weeks devoting time to each of the three services and recording their wartime experiences. He spent a night on ships, HMAS Kanimbla and HMAS Anzac, creating a number of portraits. Miller was also allowed access to the activities of the SAS in Al Asad, Al Quisayr and the Al Ifzi Yyah Peninsular. He returned to Australia with approximately eighty paintings and sketches.