Shirt : Official War Artist L Miller

Accession Number REL31465
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton drill, Plastic
Maker King Gee
Place made Australia
Date made c 2002
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

Khaki drill cotton shirt with a pair of patch breast pockets. Arabic text is woven on cotton tape above the left breast pocket and translates as 'LEWIS MILLER ARTIST AUSTRALIA'. A rectangular woven patch with the words 'AUSTRALIAN OFFICIAL ARTIST' in yellow on a green ground is sewn to each upper arm. The shirt fastens with six clear plastic buttons. There is a white cotton tag sewn inside the back of the collar with the maker's details.

History / Summary

Worn 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.