Milne Bay concert party, New Guinea

Place Oceania: New Guinea1, Papua New Guinea, Papua, Milne Bay
Accession Number ART22737
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 52.8 x 68.3cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description carbon pencil and crayons with watercolour
Maker Hodgkinson, Roy
Place made New Guinea1
Date made 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Official war artist Roy Hodgkinson has captured a moment of revelry amongst Australian Military Forces at a New Guinea Concert Party. Aimed at boosting morale for service personnel, this concert party proved a distraction from the grim reality of the war that was being waged nearby. Theatre, movies and music parties were similarly and regularly utilised in this way.

The members of the New Guinea Concert Party are (l-r): Sergeant Will Handley (comedian, with top hat, seated), Corporal Terry Hughes (female impersonator), brothers Private R Holden and Private L Holden hold up Private T McElvogue (clown), and; finally, Staff Sergeant F Tupper (compere, looking in mirror).

The Holden brothers were multi-talented entertainers who also formed part of the International Holden Circus "Flying Gordon Troupe", renowned for their gymnastic accomplishments on the triple horizontal bars.