Christmas Card made from a biscuit with box : Captain D K Hanson, 1 Australian War Graves Unit

Place Oceania: Pacific Islands, Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain, Wide Bay Area, Kiep, Tol
Accession Number REL23942
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Trench Art
Physical description Foodstuffs
Maker Robertson, Victor John
Place made Pacific Islands: Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain, Wide Bay Area, Kiep, Tol
Date made December 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

A small painted biscuit on which one side is painted an island scene in colour. The other side is painted gold and in black are painted the words 'GOOD LUCK TO YOU / FROM US AT"TOL" / WE'RE SENDING THIS / (WE'LL RISK IT) / XMAS CARDS ARE VERY / SCARCE SO WE / WROTE IT ON A BISCUIT'. The biscuit is with its original box, lid and packing. Handwritten in ink on the box lid is, 'VX114226 captain D K HANSEN'. Stamped below this in ink is, '1 AUSTRALIAN WAR GRAVES UNIT'.

History / Summary

This biscuit was sent home from Tol Plantation near Rabaul by VX114226 Captain David Keith Hanson of 1 Australian War Graves. It was one of nine painted for each unit member by W63514 Corporal Victor John Robertson, a signwriter from Western Australia. The unit was involved in locating the remains and creating a cemetery for the approximately 160 Australians massacred by the Japanese at the site in February 1942.