The fatal wounding

Place Asia: Netherlands East Indies, Timor Sea
Accession Number ART91494
Collection type Art
Measurement image: 115 x 153 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pastel and synthetic polymer paint on paper
Maker Senbergs, Jan
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1998
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Jan Senbergs collaborated with Col Madigan, one of the Armidale survivors to create this work which forms part of a series of ten pastel drawings depicting the sinking of HMAS Armidale on 1 December 1942. There were eighty three crew and sixty six soldiers on board when Japanese torpedo bombers and Zero fighters finally sank the Armidale after a fatal two day battle. Ted Sheean, a seventeen year-old gunner, can be seen here strapped to the Oerlikon gun and still firing as the ship went down.