And the band played Waltzing Matilda

Accession Number ART92747
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 75.7 x 56.1 cm; image: 46.8 x 41.2 cm
Object type Print
Physical description colour screenprint on paper
Maker Hummerston, Harry
Place made Australia: Western Australia, Perth
Date made 1981
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright


The artist has superimposed the words of a popular song over a map of Australia. The song, which was written towards the end of Australia's involvement in Vietnam, and became associated with returning Vietnam veterans and was a quiet comment on Australian society's treatment of them. The artist has also incorporated a photographic image in the work of his grandfather Private Oliver Charles Greenwood who served in the AIF between 1914 and 1917.

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