Ambush Koegas

Accession Number ART19540
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 24.5 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 - 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.