Shared Experience: Art and War
Between Victoria and New South Wales the railway track gauge changed at Albury Railway Station. Soldiers, sailors, and airmen often found themselves on cold windswept platforms late at night, waiting to change trains. In this painting, Drysdale captures the loneliness and uncertainty of a tired soldier, slumped against the wall of the station, waiting for the train that will take him to his next posting. The solitary figure, huddled in his great coat with his slouch hat on his head, is a uniquely Australian image.