ID number S02023
Title Nora Heysen relates her experiences as the first woman Official War Artist during the Second World War in an interview with Gillian Freeman
Collection Sound
Object type Oral history
Maker Heysen, Nora (Maker)
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Hunters Hill
Date made 12 November 1997
Physical description BASF DM 120 DAT Sound   
Note Open
Copying provision Copy provided for personal non-commercial use


Nora Heysen discusses her reasons for enlisting as an Official War Artist; posting to New Guinea; interaction with nurses; working relationship with Colonel Treloar; threatened with court-martial; describes her paintings; admiration of Official War Artist Ivor Hele; painting "Scarlet Beach"; childhood memories and her parents' influence on her outlook and art.
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