Biography

Birth date: 18 November 1901
Birth place: United Kingdom: England, Greater London, Endfield
Death date: 14 September 1989
Death place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne

Sybil Mary Frances Craig was the third woman to be appointed as an official war artist, following the appointments of artists Stella Bowen and Nora Heysen. Born in England in 1901, she moved to Australia the following year with her parents. Encouraged by her family to study drawing, in 1920 she attended classes with John Shirlow who introduced her through reproductions to French avant-garde artists such as Matisse and Gauguin. In 1924 Craig continued her study at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School and for several months took private classes with George Bell. Individual expression was encouraged in these lessons and she became associated with a group of Modernist artists including Sam Atyeo.

Craig held her first solo show at the Athenaeum Gallery in 1932 and her works showed the influence of George Bell through her use of colour, pattern and simplicity. She exhibited with the Melbourne Society of Women Painters from 1933, and was a founding member of the New Melbourne Art Club. During the war years Craig continued to exhibit and also attended meetings with the Women Painters National Service Group which organised activities and funding for the war effort.

In 1945 Craig was approached by the Australian War Memorial to accept the appointment of official war artist. Her appointment, along with other modern artists such as Donald Friend and Sali Herman, was in response to a call from the Australian artistic community for appointments to reflect contemporary artistic trends.

Sybil Craig, Impression: workers and capping machine, 1945, Reference number: ART23542 Sybil Craig, Impression: workers and capping machine, 1945
ART23542

Encouraged by her parents, she accepted and began duty 1 March. Based in Melbourne, working for fourth months at the Commonwealth Ordinance Factory at Maribyrnong, she became the first female artist to paint women working in the munitions factories. As she was working in a civilian factory, Craig was able to retain her civilian status and was not required to wear a uniform. She enjoyed the company of the female workers and admired their use of the heavy machinery designed for men.

Craig s official paintings and drawings were relatively small in size, probably because she carried her canvases and materials on the tram on her way to the munitions factory. Inspired by the industrial scenes that surrounded her, Craig continued to experiment and explored her interest in colour and design, capturing the variety of often dangerous tasks the women performed. Impression: workers and capping machine depicts civilian women working in the detonator section of the Commonwealth Explosives Factory within the repetitive environment of the industrial space. According to Craig, this was one of the most colourful sections of the factory.

Craig s appointment concluded on 1 September 1945 at the war s end, and she continued to work in Melbourne after the war up until the late 1950s when she dedicated herself to taking care of her parents. She is remembered for her lively paintings filled with colour and light.

Rolls and Awards

Collection Items

Photograph

060650

Lieutenant Simpson of H Company, Australian Training Centre (Jungle Warfare) instructing troops in bayonet training at the school in Canungra, Queensland.

060650

P00950.001

MELBOURNE, VIC. C.1939. PORTRAIT OF THE WAR ARTIST SYBIL CRAIG AND HER COUSIN IN THE GARDEN OF HER HOME IN THE LATE 1930'S. (DONOR S. CRAIG)

P00950.001

Art

Mrs Joy Shugg, munition worker

Portrait depicting Mrs Joy Shugg, a munitions worker at the Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART21683

Closing and flattening bay (Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts two unidentified women working machinery in a closing and flattening bay, in the Detonator section of the Commonwealth Explosives Factory.

ART22135

Weighing cordite, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

Depicts factory workers Miss Jessie James, Miss Ruby Swift, and Miss Mary Grace weighting cordite on scales in the Cartridge Bundling Section of the Commonwealth Explosives Factory at Marybyrnong in Victoria during the Second World War.

ART22136

Soldering bay (Cartridge Bundling Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a painting of unidentified women at work bench, using electrical soldering irons, Cartridge Bundling Section, government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory.

ART22137

Portion of Maribyrnong factory (Commonwealth explosvies factory, Maribyrnong)

Commonwealth Explosives Factory; view of part of factory

ART22138

Canteen, Fuse and Cartridge Bundling Sections (Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts the women's canteen of the Fuze and Cartridge Bundling Sections of the Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22140

No 1 projectile shop (Commonwealth Ordnance Factory, Maribyrnong)

As the Second World War escalated, and men began to enlist, women took their place in the factories. Women became the dominant workforce in the munitions factories at Maribyrnong. They wore overalls and snoods over their hair to protect them from the machines and the dirt. They signed on as...

ART22141

No. 1 Forge (Commonwealth ordnance factory, Maribyrnong)

No. 1 Forge (Commonwealth ordnance factory, Maribyrnong), Ordnance workshop, forge, civilians, technology, tools and machines, unidentified men in forging team. 1500 Tons Hydraulic Press, porter bar, travelling crane, suspension chain, steam boilers. The personnel comprising the forge:- Forger,...

ART22205

Munitions Supply Transport Driver, Miss Ruth Fowler

Portrait of Miss Ruth Fowler, a Munitions Supply Transport Driver attached to the Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribynong. Miss Fowler is portrayed wearing her full driver's uniform, and a vehicle is visible amongst buildings in the background. When the artist, Sybil Craig, was searching for a...

ART22340

Commonwealth Peace Officer (Mrs H Yeomans)

Portrait depicting Mrs H Yeomans, a Commonwealth Peace Officer employed by the Commonwealth Police, and situated at the Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22341

Working on a Le Blond shell-boring machine, Commonwealth Ordnance Factory, Maribyrnong

Depicts an unidentified woman working Le Blond Shell Boring machine in the ordnance workshop at the Commonwealth Ordnance Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22369

Voluntary Workers (Australian Comforts Fund, Melbourne)

Sketches of Mrs Desbrowe Annear and Mrs Oxley were made at the quarters of the Australian Canteen Fund, Melbourne. Since the outbreak of the war they have been making shirts and pyjamas and were two oldest members of the A.C.F.

ART22566

Weekend Hostel for Servicewomen (Black Rock)

This hostel was loaned by the Country Women's Association of Victoria for the duration of the war. For the first three years evacuees from Singapore and Hong Kong (eleven mothers and twenty children) were in residence, and then later used exclusively by girls of the Services and the Land Army, in...

ART22567

Scraping and cutting (High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Navy Inspector and other workers cutting and scraping wax from the inside of shells, T.N.T room, High Explosives Section, Explosives Factoury, Maribynrnong, Victoria.

ART22568

Cutting and scraping (Women workers in T.N.T. Room, High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a sketch of unidentified women at work bench in the T.N.T room, High Explosives Section, Explosives Factoury, Maribynrnong, Victoria.

ART22569

Workers in the T.N.T. Room (Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts several sketches of unidentified women munitions workers at work bench, T.N.T room, High Explosives Section, Explosives Factoury, Maribynrnong, Victoria.

ART22570

Cutting and scraping (T.N.T. Room, High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts seated unidentified workers at a work table at the Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong during the Second World War. The women are engaged in cutting and scraping activities in the TNT Room, High EXplosives Section, with large vaccuum extraction hoses are strung above them.

ART22571

T.N.T. Room (High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory; unidentified workers seated at work table

ART22572

Painting tins for mortar shells (High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a sketch of a woman painting tins for mortor shells, each tin contain 12 shells which were packed in 3 carriers. High Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria. It is likely the subject of this work is Mrs Shugg, as depicted in Craig's painting of the same title (ART23702).

ART22573

Workers resting during lunch hour in the women's changing room (High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts several sketches of unidentified women, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22574

T.N.T. Room (High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory; work benches and machinery in TNT room

ART22575

Women workers - T.N.T. Room (High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory; unidentified women sitting at work bench

ART22576

Women's changing room (High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Drawing made for detail. To save space, clothing in the change rooms is hoisted to the roof. Working clothes hang in a separate room. All workers on the section must wear clean area shoes with which they were provided. From the time the workers enter the change room they are what were described as...

ART22577

Dormitory of weekend Hostel for Servicewomen (Black Rock)

This dormitory which accommodated 24 girls was attached to the weekend Hostel for Servicewomen, Black Rock. Information received from the Matron in charge, Mrs Morse: "The Country Women's Association of Victoria loaned the Hostel for the duration of the war. Evacuees from Hong Kong and Singapore...

ART22578

Chargemen painting, labelling and tipping detonators (Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Charge painting, labelling and tipping before final packing of detonators to services. The chargemen wear a uniform of bright red, with a yellow band on the left arm on which is a black letter, "C". Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory; Chargemen W Fanning and T McLellan at work...

ART22579

Electric closing machine (Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Ten girls including an Army inspector. work in this bay, where 9000 detonators are handled in a single operation. Closing and Flattening Bay, Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22580

Painting detonators (Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Painting the first coat, pistol trip detonators, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22581

Girls at work in the closing and flattening bay (Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Closing and Flattening Bay, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong. Depicts unidentified women, they are protected by glass screens through which they to work.

ART22582

Senior Chargeman painting pistol trip detonators (Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts an unidentified Senior Chargeman painting pistol trip detonators, Government agencies, Commonwealth Expolsives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22583

Girl at the electric closing machine (Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a sketch of an unidentified women sitting at the electric closing, in the Closing and Flattening Bay, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22585

Stamping components for diesel engines (Commonwealth ordnance factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts an unidentified women stamping components for Diesel engined, Ordnance Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22586

Workers in the Detonator Section (Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Capping, Bending and Cementing Bay. Head studies of workers in Detonator Section, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22587

Woman working a hand press (Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a sketch of an unidentified women at the hand press, detonator section, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22588

Woman painting detonators (Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a sketch of an unidentified women painting detonators, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22589

Voluntary workers, Australian Comforts Fund, Melbourne

Depicts a painting of two women volunteers of the Australian Comfort Fund, l-r Mrs Oxley, Mrs Desbrowe Annear, in the clothing and textiles industry.

ART22590

Inspectress takes a rest at tea time

Depicts a drawing of an unidentified women worker taking a rest at tea time, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22591

Chargeman in the soldering bay (Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a sketch of an unidentified chargeman in soldering bay, detonator section, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22592

Inspection branch, Army (Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts an unidentified women at work bench, detonator section, Army inspectors for quality control, Australian Army, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22593

Foreman Carpenter Andrew Smyth

Depicts a sketch of Andrew Smyth, foreman carpenter, Detonator Section, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22594

Assistant Monitress, Detonator Section, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong (Mrs Sylvia Wood)

Depicts a sketch of Mrs Sylvia Wood, Assistant Monitress, Detonator Section, Commonwealth Explosives Factory. An assistant monitress during her shift is actually a deputy for the monitress and concerns herself mainly with the well being of the female operatives of the section.

ART22595

Monitress (Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong) (Miss Merrin Wilson)

Miss Merrin Wilson, Monitress, Detonator Section, in her office. The duties of a monitress are to be directly responsible to Personnel Office and in line to Head of the Section. To materially assist the PO in his chief function i.e creating and maintaining a contented labour force. To keep the PO...

ART22596

Canteen (Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a group of men sitting and playing cards at canteen tables at the Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong during the Second World War.

ART22597

Assembling gas masks (Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a sketch of unidentified women assembling gas masks and respirators, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22598

Heads for testing respirators (Cartridge Bundling Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a sketch of heads or jigs used for testing gas masks, government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22599

Apparatus for final test for respirators (Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

At the Commonwealth Explosives Factory, which was the only factory in the Commonwealth where these masks were assembled and tested. The operation, which was hitherto performed at the Munitions Supply Laboratories is now carried out in the Cartridge bundling section at this factory. The heads for...

ART22600

Apparatus for testing respirators (Cartridge Bundling Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a sketch of apparatus for testing respirators, government agencies, Commonwealth Expolsives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22601

Container production Room (Cartridge Bundling Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a sketch of machinery in Container Production Room, Cartridge Bundling Section, government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22602

Canteen impression (Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Scene in the women's canteen, government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22603

Factory impression from memory (Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong)

A depiction from the artist's memory of the Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria during the Second World War. The workers are shown moving towards the factory, as smoke billows out of the chimneys on the factory roof. Sybil Craig was one of three female official war artists.

ART22604

Chargewoman McGillivray soldering (Stasia McGillivray)

Stastia Maud McGillivray soldering a tin in the cartridge bundling section of the Maribyrnong Commonwealth Explosives Factory.

ART22605

On Cartridge Bundling Section (Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a view of the Old Cartridge Bundling Section at the Commonwealth Explosives Factory in Maribyrnong, Victoria during the Second World War.

ART22606

View from the soldering bay (Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a view from the soldering bay, government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22607

Girl testing respirators - Miss G Thompson, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

Miss G Thompson testing respirators, Respirator Section, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22608

Working a footpress for making capsules (Fuse Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a sketch of unidentified women working footpress to make capsules for .303 cartridges, Fuze Section, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22609

Working a footpress (Fuse Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a sketch of an unidentified woman working a footpress, Fuze Section, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22610

Woman working a lathe (Fuse Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a sketch of an unidentified woman using lathe to cut cylinders for 4 inch star shells, Fuze Section, government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22611

Women at work in the soldering bay (Cartridge Bundling Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a sketch of unidentified women at work bench in Soldering Bay, Cartridge Bundling Section, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22612

Sketches made in the Paper Room (Fuse Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts sketches of unidentified women working in Fuze Section, rubber bucket, hand press, barrels containing paper collars, working a foot press, paper rolling, government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22613

Working a lathe (Miss Florence Sandiford)

Miss Florence Sandiford, a lathe operator in the Fuze Section of the Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong is shown working on her lathe in the paper room.

ART22614

Women working in a clothing factory, Melbourne

Women at work along a work bench in a clothing factory.

ART28105

Voluntary workers (Australian Comforts Fund, Melbourne)

Depicts a sketch of unidentified women, volunteers of the Australian Comfort Fund, sewing clothes.

ART28106

Navy Inspectress (Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Drawing made from a sketch, two Naval personnel inspect items in the TNT bay for quality control at the Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong for quality control.

ART28162

Women working in cordite section, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong

Women working in Cordite Section of the Commonwealth Expolsives Factory, Maribyrnong. Two women in the foreground wear overalls and protective hair nets, and work at sheels. A third woman is unravelling the cordite in the background.

ART28163

Soldier in a digger hat (Private Ian Hanna)

Portrait of Private Ian Hanna with red and yellow star badges (one of hat, 2 on collars;) plus white [box with slash through it;] red on shoulder. Outline of figure with pastel on head and collar and shoulder strap - (wearing Digger's hat), 24th Battalion, Australian Military Forces (Kooyong...

ART28164

Servicewomen

Unidentified servicewomen, probably members of AWAS.

ART28165

Girls working in the Container Production Room (Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Features women working on gas mask assembly, Cartridge Bundling Section, government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria. Sybil Craig was appointed to record home-front activities, focusing on the involvement of women working in the ammunition factories in Victoria.

ART23507

Girls assembling ammunition boxes, Commonwealth Ordnance Factory, Maribyrnong

Depicts unidentified women assembling wooden ammunition boxes, ordnance workshop, tools and machines. The following duties were performed by female labour in the Woodworking Section, of the Ordnance Factory, during the Second World War period; - splicing various types of rope handles, lanyards,...

ART23528

Impression: workers and capping machine

Civilian women working in the detonator section of the Commonwealth Explosives Factory in Maribyrnong, Victoria. This bay was filled with much colour, one of the most colourful in the factory according the the artist.

ART23542

Voluntary worker (Mrs Desbrowe Annear)

Mrs Desbrowe Annear had been a voluntary worker at the Australian Comfort Fund established during this and the last war. She specialised in the making of shirts and pjyamas for the troops.

ART23543

Monitress of Fuze Section (Miss Beatrice Munns)

Portrait, in left profile, of Miss Beatrice M Munns, a monitor in the Fuze Filling Section of the Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria. Was appointed assistant monitress, 1941 and monitress 1944. As an important member of the Personnel department she helped maintain the morals,...

ART23544

Lathe worker from the paper room (Florence Sandiford)

Miss Florence Sandiford, Paper room lathe operator, Fuze Section, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory.

ART23545

Aircraftwoman Doreen Bradford

Depicts a portrait of Aircraftswoman Doreen Bradford, Records Section, Air Force Headquarters, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART23549

Women's change room (High Explosive Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

The change room for women TNT workers at the Commonwealth Explosives Factory in Maribyrnong, Victoria. Craig was appointed to record home-front activities and chose to record the involvement of women working in the ammunition factories in Victoria.

ART23626

Painting tins to hold trench mortar shells (Mrs Shugg)

A portrait of Mrs Joy Shugg painting tins to hold mortar shells in the High Explosives Section of the Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong. The artist noted that Mrs Shugg painted 100 tins per day.

ART23702

Chargemen (Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Chargemen W Fanning and T McLellan working at a bench packing detonators at the Commonwealth Explosives Factory at Maribyrnong, Victoria. These men wearing scarlet uniforms are painting, labelling and tipping, before final packing of detonators to the services. Each packing bay has a limit of 250...

ART26106

Handing over a respirator (Ruby Wilks)

Miss Ruby Myrtle Wilks, Gas Mask Section, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART26119

Mrs T McInerney, Senior Group Leader, Brighton B Company, Red Cross Aid

Depcits a portrait of Mrs T McInerny, Senior Group Leader, Company, Red Cross Aid, Australian Red Cross Society.

ART26299

Mrs Doreen Gutierrez, Red Cross Aid

Depicts a portrait of Red Cross Aid, Mrs J. Gutierrez from the Brighton Branch of the Red Cross Society in Victoria. Red Cross Aids assisted with Convalescent Hospital work, Immunisation work at Health Centres, Baby Health Centre work, First aidwork at A.R.P. Centres, Red Cross Canteen work for...

ART26300

Field Hospital Officer Australian Red Cross Society, Superintendent Lynne Davies

Depicts a portrait of Superintendent Lynne Davies, Field Hospital, Australian Red Cross Society Field Force. The Red Cross Field Force were a relatively small group of young women, drawn from all the Australian States, who attached to the Australian Military Hospitals, which they served both on the...

ART26301

Field Hospital Officer Australian Red Cross Field Force (Superintendent Nancy Smethurst)

Field Hospital Officer, Superintendent Nancy V.Smethurst, Australian Red Cross Society Field Force in her uniform.

ART26302

Canteen (Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts women seated at two long tables wearing uniform grey eating and drinking from coffee mugs at the canteen at the Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29534

Munition worker Hand reeling room, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong

Depicts a unidentified female munitions worker sitting on stairs with her hands around her knees wearing overalls and a hair net, Reeling room, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29592

Girl from reeling room Hand reeling room, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

Depicts a sketch of an a unidentified female munitions worker sitting on stairs with her hands around her knees wearing overalls and a hair net, Reeling room, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29593

Women's changing room High explosives section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

Depicts a sketch of the Women's changing room High explosives section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

ART29594

[Worker and capping machine] (Detonator section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a sketch of an unidentified women working at a capping machine, Detonator section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29595

Study for painting tins for mortar shells. High explosives section, Commonwealthe explosives factory, Maribyrnong

Study for painting tins for mortar shells in the high explosives section at the Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29596

Closing bay Closing and flattening bay, Detonator section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

Depicts an unidentified women working in the' Closing and flattening bay' in the 'Detonator section' of the Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29597

Chargeman, soldering bay Detonator section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

Depicts a sketch of a chargeman in the 'soldering bay', Detonator section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29598

Chargemen painting Detonator section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

Depicts a sketch of unidentified chargemen painting detonators in the soldering section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29599

[Girls at work in the closing and flattening bay], Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

Depicts three unidentified girls at work in the closing and flattening bay, Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29600

Capping machine, Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory

Depicts a sketch of a capping machine, Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29601

Workers and capping machine

Depicts a sketch of workers and capping machine, Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29602

Workers and capping machine

Depicts a sketch of workers and capping machine, Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29603

Shell filling, T.N.T. Room, High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

Shell filling, T.N.T. Room, High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29604

Shell filling section, T.N.T. Room, High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

Three women in the shell filling section, T.N.T. Room, High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

ART29605

T.N.T. Room, Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

A sketch of an unidentified man seated opposite two women in the T.N.T. Room, Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

ART29606

Navy inspectress, High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

Navy inspectress, High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

ART29607

Navy inspectress, High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

Navy inspectress, High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

ART29608

Hand reeling room

Depicts a painting of two unidentified women, Hand reeling room, High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29609

Hand reeling room

Studies of the equipment in the Hand reeling room, High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29610

Hand reeling room

Studies of the equipment in the Hand reeling room, High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29611

Hand reeling room

Studies of the equipment in the Hand reeling room, High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29612

Hand reeling room

Studies of four hand reels being operated in the Hand reeling room, High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29613

Recess in the tea house, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

Depicts two unidentified males taking a recess in the tea house at the Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

ART29622

Recess in the tea house, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

A man taking recess in the tea house leans on the tea counter with his tea in a mug in his right hand, the tea lady wearing glasses and her hair pulled back into a bun rests the teapot on the counter at the Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

ART29623

Recess in the tea house, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

A man stands wearing a shirt tie and jacket beneath his overalls rests his right arm on the tea counter with a mug of tea in his hand, while the tea lady wearing a white apron and blue dress stands behind the counter with the tea pot in front of her, this is recess in the tea house, Commonwealth...

ART29624

Recess in the tea house, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

Recess in the tea house, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

ART29625

Recess in the tea house, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

A man wears a shirt, tie and jacket beneath his yellow overalls as he leans with a mug of tea in his right hand talking to the tea lady who wears blue and has her right hand curled around the tea pot and her left hand rests on the lid, this is recess in the tea house, Commonwealth explosives...

ART29626

Girl from reeling room, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong

Studies of a hirl from Reeling room, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong

ART29627

Workers resting during lunch hour in the women's changing room, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong

Studies of workers resting during lunch hour in the women's changing room, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29628

[Workers resting]

Studies of workers seated having their lunch and taking a break at the Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29629

[Workers resting]

Workers resting, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29630

[Workers resting]

A group of three workers taking a break, seated on the ground at the Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29631

[Two workers resting]

Two women seated taking a break at the Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29632

Women's changing room

Studies of the women's changing room, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29633

[Study of figures changing]

Study of figures changing into workwear at the Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29634

[Studies of figures]

Study of female figures changing into workwear, and a figure reading with a suitcase in lower left at the Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29635

[Figure tying shoe lace]

Figure tying shoe lace, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29636

[Figure pulling up sock]

Figure pulling up sock, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29637

[Woman dressing]

Women dressing, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29638

[Man dressing]

Man dressing, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29639

[Munitions workers dressing]

A study of three female munitions workers dressing, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29640

[Studies of figures pulling up sock]

Studies of figures pulling up sock, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29641

[Tea break]

Two females seated taking a tea break, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29642

[Women workers talking]

A single line sketch of two female workers talking, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29643

[Study of women workers]

Study of women workers, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29644

[Workers resting]

Workers resting, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29645

[Figure]

Incomplete sketch of a figure, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29646

[Study of women workers]

Study of women workers leaning over and reaching up, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29647

[figure studies]

Figure studies, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29648

[Figure]

Figure, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29649

[Figure studies]

Figure studies, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29650

[Studies of figures in the hand reeling room, munitions factory]

Studies of figures in the hand reeling room, munitions factory, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29651

[figure studies]

Studies of women in heavy work wear, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29652

Propellant section

Studies of female figures wearing overalls and hairnets, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29653

Study for Voluntary workers, Australian Comforts Fund, Melbourne

Studies of female figures - seated women working at (sewing?) machines and standing figures in overalls. Also multiple studies of irons. Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29654

Study for 'No 1 Forge, Commonwealth Ordnance Factory, Maribyrnong'

A loose pencil study of figures dwarfed by a large forge, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29655

Navy Inspectress

Countour drawing of an inspectress from the shoulders down, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29656

Study for Closing and Flattening Bay, Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory

Study for Closing and Flattening Bay, Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29657

Closing and Flattening Bay, Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong

Closing and Flattening Bay, Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29658

[Women munitions workers]

Three female figures at work in the munitions factory, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29659

[View from window]

View from window, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29660

[Powder truck]

Powder truck, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29661

[Women workers]

Women workers, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29663

[Women workers]

Women workers, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29664

[Woman sitting]

Woman seated working at the Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29665

Study for Chargewoman Stasia McGillivray

Study for Chargewoman Stasia McGillivray, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29666

[Workers in High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong]

Workers in High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29667

[High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong]

High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29668

[High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong]

High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29669

[High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong]

Two women are seated working together, we see a full portrait of one of the women from lower left side and the other a half portrait from the right side. These women are working at the High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29670

[Workers and machinery]

Workers and machinery, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29671

[Women workers]

Women workers, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29672

[Machine in munitions factory]

Machine in munitions factory, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29673

During the 1940 war

Depicts a sketch painting of two unidentified females in uniforms.

ART29674

[Workers welding]

Workers welding, Commonwealth explosive factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29675

Corporal Ian Hanna

Corporal Ian Hanna, Computor, Survey Corps, VX116912. Painted in Melbourne, Private Ian Hanna was a member of the 24 Infantry Battalion.

ART29695

Navy inspectresses (High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Unidentified Naval inspectors in the TNT bay inspect for quality control at the Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29456

Hand reeling room (munitions factory)

Depicts a painting of unidentified women rolling out the cordite in the reeling room at the Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29457

Hand reeling room (munitions factory)

Depict a painting of an unidentified woman with hand reeling equipment, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29458

Shell filling Section (High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a sketch of unidentified workers at bench, Shell Filling Section, High Explosives Section, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29459

Hand reeling room (munitions factory)

Depicts a sketch of unidentified women in Hand Reeling Room, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART29460

Studies of figures in the hand reeling room (munitions factory)

Studies of women in Hand Reeling Room, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29461

Capping machine (Detonator Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a capping machine, Detonator Section, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29462

Navy inspectresses (High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Navy inspectors for quality control, High Explosives Section, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29463

Hand reeling room (munitions factory)

Depicts a sketch of a group of unidentified women working in Hand Reeling Room, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29464

Navy inspectresses (High Explosives Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Navy quality control inspectors, High Explosives Section, Government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong.

ART29465

Voluntary Workers, Australian Comforts Fund

Depicts sketches of Voluntary Workers, with the Australian Comforts Fund. The Australian Comforts Fund (ACF) was first formed in August 1916 from a number of individual state based organisations that had been created at the beginning of World War I to send comfort to the troops. Many local women's...

ART29614

Voluntary Workers, Australian Comforts Fund

Depicts Voluntary Workers with the Australian Comforts Fund. The Australian Comforts Fund (ACF) was first formed in August 1916 from a number of individual state based organisations that had been created at the beginning of World War I to send comfort to the troops. Many local women's groups formed...

ART29615

Voluntary Workers, Australian Comforts Fund

Depicts Voluntary Workers with the Australian Comforts Fund. The Australian Comforts Fund (ACF) was first formed in August 1916 from a number of individual state based organisations that had been created at the beginning of World War I to send comfort to the troops. Many local women's groups formed...

ART29616

Voluntary Worker, Australian Comforts Fund

Depicts Voluntary Workers with the Australian Comforts Fund. The Australian Comforts Fund (ACF) was first formed in August 1916 from a number of individual state based organisations that had been created at the beginning of World War I to send comfort to the troops. Many local women's groups formed...

ART29617

Voluntary Worker, Australian Comforts Fund

Depicts a study of a voluntary female workers seated in front of a sewing machines, making clothes for the Australian Comforts Fund during the Second World War. The Australian Comforts Fund (ACF) was first formed in August 1916 from a number of individual state based organisations that had been...

ART29618

Chargeman traying up closed detonators (Chargeman Thomas Carey)

Depicts a painting of a Chargeman, Thomas Carey 'traying up' closed detonators, government agencies, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22584

Women workers in the Paper Room (Fuse Section, Commonwealth explosives factory, Maribyrnong)

Depicts a painting of unidentified women working in Paper Room, Fuze and Cartridge Bundling Sections of the Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong, Victoria.

ART22139

Making cordite, Commonwealth Explosives Factory, Maribyrnong

Unidentified men and women working in the propellant section press room at the Commonwealth Explosives Factory in Maribyrnong. The charge women standing before the press receives the cordite from the chute. With great precision she breaks it into lengths. Her assistant, receiving an end of the...

ART23548

Manuscript

Heks, Robin

MANUSCRIPT TITLED "OFFICIAL WOMEN WAR ARTISTS 1939-1945, AUSTRALIA", AND ACCOMPANYING PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM, INVESTIGATES THE ROLE OF THREE WOMEN ARTISTS IN AUSTRALIA IN W2: STELLA BOWEN, NORA HEYSEN AND SYBIL CRAIG. FINE ARTS HONOURS THESIS

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Timeline

Date of birth 1901-11-18
Date of death 1989-09-14