Burnt out oil tanks, Balikpapan

Place Asia: Borneo, Balikpapan
Accession Number ART23270
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 32.2 x 44 cm [irregular]; image: 31.6 x 40.6 cm [irregular]
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pen and ink, brush and coloured wash and Chinese white on paper
Maker Friend, Donald
Place made Borneo: Balikpapan
Date made 7 August 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


The pre-landing bombardment and strafing of the 7th Australian Division wrought such damage that for some distance there could be seen nothing but ruined buildings, blackened coconut plantations and charred ground. This picture shows some of the oil tanks, whose metal had been wrapped into fantastic shapes and burned to strange colours by the heat, Borneo.

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