Work and talk around the hatch

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales, Sydney, Parramatta
Accession Number ART21370
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall 28.5 x 37.5
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pen and crayon on paper
Maker Curtis, R Emerson
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Men working and talking around the hatch. Curtis wrote of this image that: For recording exactly what I saw and with strict impartiality I was accused by the boilermakers afterwards of "undermining" the interests of the working man and threatened with immersion in the PARRAMATTA (sic.). This situation however existed in some yards more than in others. In each yard or shop there seemed to be a small percentage of unsatisfactory workers, and a small number of growlers and trouble makers. The rest were "dinkum" workers who would have made any shipyard proud of its men.