Water queue, en route Java to Singapore

Accession Number ART90933.011
Collection type Art
Measurement image: 7.8 x 12.3 cm; sheet: 9.9 x 14 cm; page: 37 x 27.8 cm
Object type Print
Physical description drypoint printed on Japanese Mulberry paper mounted on watercolour paper
Maker Parkin, Ray
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1943-1956
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


A group of soldiers, wearing only shorts, queuing for water on the ship, en route from Java to Singapore. This print is included in a folio of drypoints that were made from the original drawings that Ray Parkin entrusted to Weary Dunlop while they were prisoners of war (POWs) together on the Burma-Thailand railway. Dunlop delivered the collection of drawings and paintings to Parkin on his return to Melbourne. As an expression of gratitude to Dunlop for hiding the drawings at great risk to his own safety, Parkin proceeded to make prints of the drawings and presented them to Dunlop in a bound folio in 1956. A single watercolour, dated 1943, is the only original painting from Parkin's POW experience to be included in the folio.

Presented by the Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Estate through the Cultural Gifts Program 1999