The open cut, Mt Morgan Mines

Place Oceania: Australia, Queensland, Mount Morgan
Accession Number ART25615
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 33 x 40.5 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description watercolour on paper
Maker Curtis, R Emerson
Place made Australia: Queensland
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


On the uppermost bench in one corner of Mount Morgan's great open cut, an electric shovel loads a truck with ore, while in the background the Lilliputian figures of miners hang by ropes over the sheer sides of the mountain to lay their explosive charges. The centre of the mountain has been gouged out and during the past, has yielded rich deposits of gold. The wartime yield has produced two thirds copper to one third gold. When the artist showed one of the miners this painting he commented: "you should see this cut after rain to get all the colours.