Harvesting pyrethrum, Loveday Internment Group

Place Oceania: Australia, South Australia, Barmera
Accession Number ART23423
Collection type Art
Measurement canvas: 61.4 x 76.8 cm; frame: 78.2 x 94 x 7 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Ragless, Max
Place made Australia: South Australia
Date made November 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Japanese civilian internees are harvesting the pyrethrum daisy grown at the No. 14 Prisoner of War and Internee Camp. From the blossoms is extracted pyrethin, the basic element in insecticides used by the Australian Military Forces in the south west Pacific area. A chronology of events at the Loveday Group Camp records the harvesting of Australia's largest pyrethrum crop concluded on 4 December 1945, yielding 75 wool bales containing ten tons of dried heads.