Surrender ceremony, Bougainville, 8 September 1945

Place Oceania: Pacific Islands, Solomon Islands, Bougainville
Accession Number ART26675
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 82.8 cm x 100.3 cm x 6.5 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Mainwaring, Geoffrey
Place made Australia: South Australia, Adelaide, Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1947-1948
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts the Surrender ceremony at Bougainville (Torokina) in 1945. Lieutenant General Kanda, commander of the XVIII Japanese Army (seated left) surrenders to General Savige, GOC II Australian Corps at Torokina, Bougainville. Various Australian, New Zealand and American officers and photographers are also depicted in the painting. Depicted in the painting standing l-r: Sergeant Clement S Scale, official war photographer, (Military History Section); Major General Ishoshi Makata, Chief of Gen staff (Japanese Army); Lt. Martin (MH &I-photographer); Provost; Brigadier A R Garrett (BGS, II Aust. Corps); Lieutenant Commander Masami Shinkawa (Interpretor); Group Captain D R Chapman (RAAF); Air Commodore G N Roberts (RNZAF); Commander A E Fowler (RAN- HMAS Diamantina); Colonel J P Coursey (US Air Group- Marines); Captain A.J.Drewett (ADC to GOC); Provost. Seated l-r: Lt General Masatane Kanda (Comd. 17 Japanese Army); Lieutenant General Sir Stanley Savige (GOC, II Aust.Corps); Brigadier S F Legge (DA& QMG II Aust. Corps); Vice Admiral Tomoshiga Samejima (Commander 8th Japanese Naval Forces Fleet); Provost; Corporal Stewart ( photographer, RNZAF); flags of United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand Air Force on back wall, swords surrendered by Japanese officers on table.