2nd Division entertainment Unit

Accession Number ART28294
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 16.3 x 21.2 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description ink on card
Maker Hetherington, Norman Frederick
Place made Australia
Date made 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


An illustration showing the members of the 2nd Division Entertainment Unit - their names and positions in the group inscribed in pencil, centre. Identified in the drawing are: N93709 Acting Corporal Percival Charles Potter (ROH), character actor; Jack Con, alto sax; Greg Guinnery [sic], trumpet (probably NX131017/N205349 Corporal Gregory Augustus Guinery); NX131015/N205092 Staff Sergeant Oswald Walsham 'Aussie' Stutchbury, accompanist; NX131016/N190604 Staff Sergeant Douglas Alfred Herbert Cross, band leader; NX119942/N255943 Staff Sergeant Colin Lional Allen 'Col' Croft, 2GB 'youth show'; Mr Colcher, 2nd Div YMCA; Des Turner (probably N19038 Private Desmond Everett Turner), compere; NX119941/N12310 Lieutenant George Wallace Junior (George Leonard Wallace), comedian; the artist himself NX131018/N205247 Corporal Norman Frederick Hetherington, cartoonist (later known for his work as Mr Squiggle on ABC television); Les Rowlands (probably NX128301/N18566 Corporal Leslie Murray Rowland), drums; NX131024/N93648 Private Harold David Hoepper, trombone; Ted Cole, bass; NX131022/N18220 Private Oswald Clarence 'Aussie' Richards, props; NX138379/N118421 Corporal D'Arcy Joseph Paul Caffrey, pianist; NX128294/N37772 Sergeant Frederick John Fisher, electrician.

Norman Frederick Hetherington OAM (1921 - 2010) was an Australian artist, teacher, cartoonist (known as "Heth"), puppeteer, and puppet designer. He is best remembered as the creator of Mr. Squiggle, one of Australia's longest running children's shows. Born in Sydney, he contributed his first cartoon to 'The Bulletin' while still at highschool and he stuided art at the East Sydney Technical College in the late 1930's. Hetherington joined the Bulletin full time after war service, alongside the likes of Norman Lindsay. During the Second World War, he served with the First Australian Army Entertainment Unit in Dutch New Guinea, New Guinea, New Britain, and in the Torres Strait Islands.