"The Bimbo Kid", Ofuna POW camp

Place Asia: Japan
Accession Number ART22801
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 41.8 x 30.4 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pencil on grey paper mounted on brown card
Maker Goodchild, John
Place made Japan
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


Depicts a Japanese soldier in uniform holding a large piece of wood in his left hand. He stands in front of a fenced verandah like area with a vine curling up the verandah post. Behind him is another building in the POW camp, with another Japanese soldier visible through an open window. When catalogued in 1945, this work was accompanied by the following text; 'Drawing shows common type of Jap soldier at Prisoner of war camps and the baton approximately 3' 9" long, 2" diameter at the top and 3" at the bottom, used to beat prisoners. The minimum number of strokes given is 12, to troops standing on tip toes and arms raised above the heads. Punishment was given for the slightest disobedience. Ofuna Camp, near Kamakura, Japan'. John G Goodchild joined the AIF on 30 April 1945 as a Lieutenant and was subsequently appointed an official war artist. His Second World War attachment took him to Point Cook, Victoria, Jervis Bay, New South Wales and Sydney and in June 1945 he departed for the South-West Pacific area. He also went to Japan to cover the Japanese surrender and the activities of the allied occupation forces.