Bombed building, Labuan

Place Asia: Malaysia, Labuan
Accession Number ART26809
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 76.2 x 59 cm; unframed: 60 x 42.4 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on composition board
Maker Newton, Max
Place made Malaysia: Labuan
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


Depicts the wreckage of a bombed building in Victoria Town, Labuan. The wreckage partially reveals the interior of the buildling. A bulldozer works to gather the rubble and fallen masonry for airstrip construction. An army vehicle can be seen on the beach behind the building through the damage left by the bombing. Max (Thomas Maxwell) Newton enlisted with the AIF. He was seconded to the RAAF War History Section as an Official War Artist in 1945. He travelled to Labuan and Morotai as part of his appointment, where he recorded aspects of the RAAF involvement in the Pacific during the Second World War.