Water carriers on the way back to the camp, Palembang

Place Asia: Netherlands East Indies, Sumatra, Palembang
Accession Number ART29429
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 7.3 x 12.6 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pencil on paper
Maker Gunther, Pat
Place made Netherlands East Indies: Sumatra, Palembang
Date made 1943-1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Depicts a water carriers on the way back to the camp, Palembang.This sketch was done by Janet Patteson Gunther an Australian Army nurse who survived the sinking of the Vyner Brooke in February 1942. Gunther was one of 32 Australian nurses who became prisoners of the Japanese in Sumatra. Together with approximately 500 civilian internees, mainly British and Dutch women and children, the nurses occupied the Palembang camp from September 1943 to November 1944. Remarkably, during her imprisonment Gunther was able to produce a number of small drawings, depicting the nurses' experiences in captivity, which she sold to buy food on the black market. This work depicts water carriers on the way back to the camp.