Khaki trousers : Official War Artist L Miller

Accession Number REL31466
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton drill, Plastic
Maker Yakka Pty Ltd
Place made Australia
Date made c 2002
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

Pair of khaki cotton drill trousers with front pleats and slash pockets on each hip. There is a single patch pocket on the right buttock with a navy and blue woven 'HARD YAKKA' tag sewn to the open length of the pocket. There are seven belt loops around the waistband and the waist is closed by a zipper fly and a plastic button. The side pockets are lined with white cotton and a tag with maker's details woven in red and black is sewn to the outside lining of the left pocket.

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.