Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean, HMAS 'Armidale'

Unit HMAS Armidale
Place Asia: Netherlands East Indies, Timor Sea
Accession Number ART28160
Collection type Art
Measurement unframed: 49.5 x 64.8 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas on plywood
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 2: Fall Sing
Maker Marsh, Dale
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1978
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright

Description

Depicts the figure of Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean, HMAS 'Armidale' from back half prone on deck at stern of ship dressed only in shorts and boots, a wound on his right thigh, firing an Oerlikon anti-aircraft gun at Japanese bombers; a number of seamen are in the water having abandoned ship. Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean went down with the HMAS 'Armidale' firing his gun to the last.