Opium poppies

Place Oceania: Australia, South Australia, Barmera
Accession Number ART23406
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 51 x 61.6 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Ragless, Max
Place made Australia: South Australia
Date made August 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Opium poppies growing at the Loveday Internment Group, Barmera, South Australia. These have been grown most successfully at Loveday, and from them is extracted a large proportion of the morphine requirements of the Australian Military Forces. A chronology of events at the Loveday Group Camp records on 17 December 1945 completion of picking 107 acres of opium poppy heads that were then packed into 301 wool bales. It was the largest harvest of opium poppies ever to be gathered in Australia.