Rifle exchange on Cairn-Kopje

Place Africa: South Africa
Accession Number ART19537
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 24.8 x 30.6 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


Depicts soldiers running across a landscape. This stylised illustration of a fight between British soldiers (on the right) and Boer commandos is quite misleading. It misrepresents the ranges at which firing occurred - this usually happened over much greater distances. However, it does suggest how infantry spread out across the country and how they moved forward under covering fire. Possibly Koegas area, Northern Cape Colony, South Africa.

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.