Electric shovel, Iron Monarch

Place Oceania: Australia, South Australia
Accession Number ART23402
Collection type Art
Measurement 51.4 x 40.8 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Ragless, Max
Place made Australia: South Australia, Whyalla
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


This painting depicts an electrically driven shovel scooping up the iron ore that has been broken down from the quarry face. These shovels were able to lift 10 tons at a time, filling the trucks that convoyed the ore to the crushing plant. Max Ragless was a camouflage officer with Department of Home Security in South Australia from 1941-43 and was appointed an Official War Artist in 1945.