VP Day, Canberra

Accession Number ART22923
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 66 x 81.2 x 5.7cm; unframed: 45.4 x 60.8 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas on plywood
Maker Abbott, Harold
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
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


People celebrate Victory in the Pacific Day at the Australian War Memorial main building in August 1945. Allied flags are being flown, and Mount Ainslie can be seen in the background. Two 1940s cars are parked on what is now the Parade Ground. In the left foreground are a couple, the returned soldier holds their baby in his arms. In front of them are another military family, the small girl holding her father's hand is pictured facing the viewer. Harold Abbott enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in 1941 and in 1943 was appointed acting lieutenant as a war artist in 2/9 Australian Field Regiment. He spent the next two years as an official war artist.