Hut at Anjo

Accession Number ART92163
Collection type Art
Measurement 21.8 x 16cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pen and ink on paper
Maker Welch, Y G
Place made Australia: Western Australia
Date made c 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright


During the Second World War the RAAF and Army built Truscott Airbase on the Anjo Peninsular. It was active from 1944 to 1946, and was a relatively secret operation. The location of this airfield in Australia's far north meant that it was a good staging point for heavy and medium bombers to attack Borneo, Java, Timor and the Celebes. The airfield was named in memory of Squadron Leader Keith "Bluey" Truscott. It comprised of an 8000 foot runway, support facilities, accommodation and air defence facilities. Various vehicle and aircraft wrecks now litter the site, and in 1993 the complex was classified by the National Trust of Australia.