Final Attack Takoon

Place Africa: South Africa, Transvaal
Accession Number ART19531
Collection type Art
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pencil on paper
Maker J S
Place made South Africa
Date made c. 1900 - 1901
Conflict South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

Item copyright: Copyright unknown - orphaned work


This drawing depicts the Boer forces defending against the Scottish Highland Infantry (wearing tartan trews) in an area that appears to be on a farm, with pens separated by small drystone walls. While some of the men are actively defending with their weapons, others have died. A half-skinned ox lies in one of the pens.

Takoon is indicated to be a hilly area near Kimberley, in the Oranje Vrijstaat.

This drawing is part of a series of works that were found at Ipswich Railway station, and were subsequently donated to the Memorial. The works were reportedly stored in a drawer in the railway office from at least 1930, until they were donated in 1974. The work has very tentativly been ascribed to Lieutenant H. St. J. Sweetland of "A" Battery, Royal Australian Artillery.