Work, Save, Fight and so Avenge the Nurses!

Place Oceania: Australia, Queensland
Accession Number ARTV09088
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 50.2 x 63 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description photolithograph
Maker Whitmore, Bob
Date made c 1943-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts the Hospital ship, 'Centaur' being attacked by the Japanese off the coast of Queensland, during the Second World War. In the water below the ship are a number of nurses and sailors from the ship. The sinking of H S Centaur took place off the Queensland coast on 14 May 1943 and 268 lives were lost, including 11 out of 12 nurses. The poster depicts moments after the ship was torpedoed; it sank in just three minutes.