Burning cane before harvesting, Gordonvale

Place Oceania: Australia, Queensland, North Queensland, Gordonvale
Accession Number ART25652
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 27.9 x 38.1 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description watercolour on paper
Maker Curtis, R Emerson
Place made Australia: Queensland, North Queensland, Gordonvale
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


Owing to the labour shortage in the cane fields during the war, practically all ripened cane was first fired to remove superfluous leaves and trash and so make cutting easier. Cane cutting follows within 24 hours after burning. The fire, which looks fierce, only singes the stalk which is heavy with juice, Gordonvale, North Queensland.