Centre of Atherton and old air raid shelter

Place Oceania: Australia, Queensland, North Queensland, Atherton Tableland, Atherton
Accession Number ART25641
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 27.6 x 37.2 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description wash on paper
Maker Curtis, R Emerson
Place made Australia: Queensland, North Queensland, Atherton Tableland, Atherton
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


Hundreds and thousands of troops passed through the Atherton Tablelands district when the area was used as a vast camp and training area. This view is of the main street looking towards the Railway Hotel. A truck transporting troops is depicted in the upper right.

From August 1945 in his capacity as official war artist Emerson Curtis undertook a three month tour of Queensland. Travelling mostly by train he captured a rich visual record of the extensive wartime activities, people and industry of this ' frontier ' state.