"Look! A sea-going WRAN!!"

Accession Number ARTI05057
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 23 cm x 31.2 cm
Object type Illustration
Physical description pen and ink and wash on paper
Maker Shirley, Eric Orme
Date made c 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright


Depicts two sailors watching a member of the WRANs walking along in a wobbly fashion. WRANS were not allowed to work either outside Australia or on ships at sea which influenced the satirical comments from the two sailors on the WRANS obvious 'sea-legs'. This is the drawing for the cartoon that appeared in "Salt", vol.7, no.7, December 1943.
Eric Orme Shirley (b. 1919) served in Royal Australian Navy Reserve and the RAN -including time on HMAS Rushcutter and HMAS Gladstone (in the Sundas- Java, Borneo) - during the Second World War. He enlisted in August 1939 and was discharged in September 1945. In civilian life he worked as a commercial artist, advertising executive and painter. He studied at the National Art School, Sydney from 1937-39 and from 1946-48 at the Julian Ashton School.