Pumping out bomb crater, Labuan

Accession Number ART22897
Collection type Art
Title Pumping out bomb crater, Labuan
Measurement Overall: 46.8 x 61.4 cm
Object types Painting
Maker Friend, Donald
Date made 1946
Copyright Copyright expired - public domain

Pumping out a bomb crater. In the early days of the job, when water was a rarity and there was none to spare, the deep green pools in the craters were used as laundries and swimming baths, so that even those that were being emptied often presented the appearance of a social occasion - sunburnt bodies splashing about in the water; the sound of enjoyment mingled with the drum-beat of the pumping engine.

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