|Overall: 24.5 x 30.6 cm
|Work on paper
|pencil on paper
|c. 1900 - 1901
South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
Item copyright: Copyright unknown - orphaned work
Koegas area, possibly northern. Most likely depicting British mounted force being fired on by concealed Boers on hillside. The large white smoke puffs from the fired guns are perhaps caused by the Boers using cartridges loaded with black powder. The orderliness of the patrol, combined with the tails on the horses being trimmed to a uniform length strongly suggests the patrol is British. 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.