Ambush in a donga

Place Africa: South Africa
Accession Number ART19534
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 24.9 x 35 cm
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


This drawing depicts a scene in South Africa probably at Northern Cape between 1899 and 1902. Unidentified soldiers are visible ambushing and attacking a camp situated in a donga or dry river bed.

The work has very tentatively been ascribed to Lieutenant H. St. J. Sweetland of "A" Battery Royal Australian Artillery.

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.