Biography

Birth date: 03 September 1880
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Alfredton
Death date: 21 January 1938
Death place: United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

William 'Will' Henry Dyson was a cartoonist, writer and Australia's first official war artist. Born at Alfredton, Victoria, he was the ninth of eleven children. His talents for drawing and writing were encouraged and influenced by his elder brothers Ted and Ambrose, as well as illustrator Tom Durkin, who were all regular contributors to the Sydney Bulletin. Dyson's first cartoon was published in the Bulletin in 1897 and, by the turn of the century, he was a regular contributor to multiple papers, including Adelaide's the Critic and Melbourne's Punch, the Gadfly and the Clarion.

In September 1909, Dyson married Ruby Lindsay, a recognised illustrator in her own right and together they sailed to England. Dyson worked first with London's New Age, later with the Labour Party paper, the Daily Herald and, in 1916, the Daily Sketch. Dyson's distinctive biting satire was aimed at war and later directly at Kaiser Wilhelm, meaning that his works were seen as epitomising prevalent anti-German sentiment. A series of these caricatures, titled Kultur Cartoon, was published in 1915.

Dyson was a committed Australian nationalist and it was this dedication that informed his application to join the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) as an artist. In 1916, he wrote to AIF commander General Birdwood, stating his aim "would be to interpret in a series of drawings, for national preservation, the sentiments and special Australian characteristics of our Army". Without pay and allowance, he was granted a position as Honorary Lieutenant and in December 1916 travelled to the Western Front. In May 1917, he was formally appointed as the first official war artist attached to the AIF.

Dyson was not interested in portraying great battle scenes, but instead offered compassionate, engaging representations of the ordinary Australian soldier. Unlike his earlier, satirical cartoons that exaggerated and mocked the physical characteristics of a subject, in his war art pose and gesture are used as powerful expressions of a soldier's experience. Slumped shoulders, drooping heads and vacant stares demonstrate sheer physical exhaustion and complete mental fatigue, as with Coming out on the Somme (ART02276). Depicting life away from the frontline, Dyson also shows the distinctive swagger and charm of young Australian men, in such works as The batman (Compree washing madame) (ART02431).

From 5-19 January 1918, an exhibition of Dyson's drawings, Australia at War: drawing on the Western Front, was held at The Leicester Galleries in London. Later that year a collection of his works Australia at war: drawing at the front was published; he also completed a series of 32 lithographs with 50 sets, published by the Australian High Commission. He continued working as an official war artist, being wounded at both Messines and Zonnebeke before the war ended. His commission was terminated in March 1920. Following the death of his wife in 1919, Dyson returned to Australia where he worked on a variety of newspaper projects, though most achieved limited success. He returned to London in 1930 where he died in 1938.

Rolls and Awards

Private Record

Dyson, William H (War Artist d: 1938)

PHOTOCOPY OF DEATH CERTIFICATE OF WILL DYSON, 1938 Maker: Dyson, William Henry

3DRL/7134

Art

The cookers near Villers-Bretonneux

Depicts a field kitchen near Villers Bretonneux, Western Front, with cooks standing around a field kitchen preparing meal. Horse drawn wagons are passing by to the right of the kitchen, while a queue of soldiers appears on the left . This lithograph reflects Dyson's admiration for the 'support...

ART02296.014

Preparing the Brazier

Depicts two soldiers, each wearing heavy long coats and hats, in front of a tent. One is standing and gazing into a small fire burning in a brazier, while the other is seated, warming his hands in front of the same fire in the brazier. It is winter on the Somme, December 1916. Will Dyson was the...

ART02297.001

Preparing the Brazier

Depicts two soldiers, each wearing heavy long coats and hats, in front of a tent. One is standing and gazing into a small fire burning in a brazier, while the other is seated, warming his hands in front of the same fire in the brazier. It is winter on the Somme, December 1916. Will Dyson was the...

ART02297.007

Preparing the Brazier

Depicts two soldiers, each wearing heavy long coats and hats, in front of a tent. One is standing and gazing into a small fire burning in a brazier, while the other is seated, warming his hands in front of the same fire in the brazier. It is winter on the Somme, December 1916. Will Dyson was the...

ART02297.009

Preparing the Brazier

Depicts two soldiers, each wearing heavy long coats and hats, in front of a tent. One is standing and gazing into a small fire burning in a brazier, while the other is seated, warming his hands in front of the same fire in the brazier. It is winter on the Somme, December 1916. Will Dyson was the...

ART02297.012

Preparing the Brazier

Depicts two soldiers, each wearing heavy long coats and hats, in front of a tent. One is standing and gazing into a small fire burning in a brazier, while the other is seated, warming his hands in front of the same fire in the brazier. It is winter on the Somme, December 1916. Will Dyson was the...

ART02297.014

With the tunnellers near Nieuport

Depicts a group of Australian soldiers (tunnellers). One is seated and reading a letter, while another three are seated and playing cards. One tunnellers stands, wearing a tin helemt, his head resting wearily on his left hand. Dyson, along with Charles Bean, visited the location near Ypres, where...

ART02300.001

With the tunnellers near Nieuport

Depicts a group of Australian soldiers (tunnellers). One is seated and reading a letter, while another three are seated and playing cards. One tunnellers stands, wearing a tin helemt, his head resting wearily on his left hand. Dyson, along with Charles Bean, visited the location near Ypres, where...

ART02300.002

With the tunnellers near Nieuport

Depicts a group of Australian soldiers (tunnellers). One is seated and reading a letter, while another three are seated and playing cards. One tunnellers stands, wearing a tin helemt, his head resting wearily on his left hand.Dyson, along with Charles Bean, visited the location near Ypres, where...

ART02300.003

With the tunnellers near Nieuport

Depicts a group of Australian soldiers (tunnellers) . One is seated and reading a letter, while another three are seated and playing cards. One tunnellers stands, wearing a tin helmet, his head resting wearily on his left hand. Dyson, along with Charles Bean, visited the location near Ypres, where...

ART02300.004

With the tunnellers near Nieuport

Depicts a group of Australian soldiers (tunnellers). One is seated and reading a letter, while another three are seated and playing cards. One tunnellers stands, wearing a tin helemt, his head resting wearily on his left hand. Dyson, along with Charles Bean , visited the location near Ypres, where...

ART02300.005

With the tunnellers near Nieuport

Depicts a group of Australian soldiers (tunnellers). One is seated and reading a letter, while another three are seated and playing cards. One tunnellers stands, wearing a tin helemt, his head resting wearily on his left hand. Dyson, along with Charles Bean, visited the location near Ypres, where...

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With the tunnellers near Nieuport

Depicts a group of Australian soldiers (tunnellers) . One is seated and reading a letter, while another three are seated and playing cards. One tunnellers stands, wearing a tin helemt, his head resting wearily on his left hand. Dyson, along with Charles Bean, visited the location near Ypres, where...

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In the sand dunes at Nieuport

Depicts a number of tents amongst sand dunes at Nieport, France. The tents formed the camp of the 2nd Australian tunnelling company near La Paune. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

ART02312

On the Road

Depicts a large number of soldiers, with horses, supplies and a portable kitchen, walking up a road. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian...

ART02319

Signaller, 2nd Main Line Gun Battalion

Depicts a portrait of a Signaller from the 2nd Main Line Gun Battalion, wearing a tin helmet and smoking a pipe, sitting on top of a wagon, holding the reins of the horse in front of him. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France...

ART02323

Tired, wet and disillusioned

Depicts three weary soldiers, dressed in their coats and tin helmets, seated or leaning against a pole in a war damaged landscape in France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May...

ART02326

An Australian Field Artillery Brigade Headquarters, near Nieuport

Depicts members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, Australian Siege Artillery Brigade and a view from the headquarters of Artillery Brigade. One man is seated and talking on the telephone, while the other is standing and looking out of the window. The view from the window is of a war damaged...

ART02343

The Sugar refinery, Le Transloy

Depicts a badly damaged sugar refinery, with the remains of buildings in the background and scaffolding and barbed wire in the foreground at Le Transloy, France, April 1917. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December...

ART02371

A guest

Depicts three men seated in a room, talking and resting. A wine bottle and two cups can be seen on the floor in front on them. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

ART02380

Near Behencourt

Depicts a view of the landscape, with roadway leading to the small village of Behencourt, France, which is in the background of the scene. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917,...

ART02381

Gas cases in the 3rd Field Ambulance, Aresnes- Bapaume

Depicts several tents at the 3rd Field Ambulance Hospital, at night. Inside the tent in the foreground can be seen gas attack patients lying on portable beds. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining...

ART02385

Nieuport under shell fire

Depicts two soldiers, one standing and one seated, observing the shelling of Nieuport, on the horizon. The shelling took place outside the 13th Battery Head Quarters near Pelican Bridge, Nieuport. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling...

ART02391

Madame

Depicts a portrait of a young French woman, sitting, with her head on her hand. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement in the war....

ART02392

The veteran who did not tell the truth about his age

Depicts an elderly soldier, in uniform, in a tent sitting on box beside his camp bed. Will Dyson drew this image of a veteran at Etaples in December 1916. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there...

ART02399

2nd Tunnellers Cookhouse at Nieuport

Depicts the figure of a cook, with his sleeves rolled up, standing in the doorway of the 'Cook House', in the cellars of Nieuport. Behind him, in the cellar, can be seen a table with pots and tins on it. Members of the 2nd Tunnellers can be seen in the background of the scene. Dyson was fascinated...

ART02402

Not afraid of the Boche (An old French peasant who remained at work in the forward area)

Depicts an elderly and unidentified French peasant woman pushing a handcart filled with straw past line of marching soldiers. The term 'Boche' in the title refers to French derogatory slang at the time aimed at the Germans. Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the first...

ART02406

Australian Trench Mortar 'possy' in Treux

Depicts a badly damaged building at Treaux or Ville-sur-Ancre in April 1918. Dyson titled this work 'Street at ....Trench Mortar Posee, Treux or Ville-sur-Ancre'. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

ART02414

Dynamite diplomatists

Depicts the figures of two German men; one is standing and crying, while the other is seated at a desk, writing in a ledger book. The text accompanying this cartoon, when it was published in the 'Daily Sketch' in London, 18 August 1914, was ;' Hyphenated: - "Was! No more but dventy-fif tollar a...

ART02415

Hanging about

Depicts a group of soldiers, wearing uniforms and tin helmets, sitting idly and resting outside company headquarters. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of...

ART02416

Columbia to the Kaiser

Depicts the figures of a Prussian officer, holding his helmet in his left hand, the female figure of Columbia, standing holding a sword and the female figure of Humanity, with wings and a small child resting on her lap. The cartoon was published in 'The Nation', London, on 19 June 1915, with the...

ART02417

Any orders today, Sire?

Depicts the dejected figure of Kaiser Wilhelm II slumped in his throne, overshadowed by the huge winged figure of Death, a skeleton wearing a robe and carrying a sickle. This cartoon was published in Dyson's book, 'War Cartoons' (1916) with the following commentary, 'this cartoon...belongs to a...

ART02418

A reputation befouled

Depicts the cartoon published in the London 'Daily News', 26 October 1915, commenting on the execution of Edith Cavell, a British nurse accused by the Germans of being a spy. The slumped and bloodied body of Edith Cavell lies in the foreground of the cartoon, with the figures of the god of war,...

ART02419

The Shack, Trone's Wood

Depicts a soldier, wearing a tin helmet, sitting forlornly under the edge of a shelter. Beside him is a standing figure, wearing a protective rain coat. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there...

ART02420

Mirages to order

This cartoon was published in 'Land and Water' 4 December 1915, in London, and comments on the German idea that the East had been made to take the place of Paris, Calais and Petrograd, Russia as the 'Gates of Victory'. The cartoon depicts a weary German peasant, with a skull in the foreground,...

ART02421

Lusitania Sunday and the German note

This cartoon was published in 'Daily Sketch', London, 8 May 1916, on the anniversary of the sinking of the SS Lusitania, in effect blaming the government of the United States for the sinking and deaths of American civilians by not buying immunity from attack by the German navy. It depicts a number...

ART02422

[Prussian officer and man with air raid in progress]

Depicts a figure of a Prussian officer and a man, possibly the British Prime Minister, standing on top of a hill, with surprised expressions on their faces, while airplanes circle around them and overhead, during an air raid. From 1915, a number of Dyson's caricatures were published, characterised...

ART02423

Another scrap of paper

Depicts the figure of the god of war, Mars, standing astride a canon and tearing up a piece of paper, a deed, on which is written ; 'I, Mars, God of War, hereby do promise To Germany Kingship over all the Earth and the Waters...' while he looks down on the forlorn figure of a German or Prussian...

ART02424

War weariness ('Ain't this bloomin' war over yet?')

Depicts a soldier sitting near the entrance steps to a cellar, near an improvised heater. The painting makes comments on 'the heroism of endurance'. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

ART02425

Yanks and a veteran ('As long as you are there to tell us what to do!')

Depicts a young soldier, wearing a tin helmet and carrying a rifle, standing talking to two other soldiers, in the trenches. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

ART02426

11 am or a visit from the Corps

Depicts a stern looking officer standing in the doorway of sleeping quarters, with two soldiers in bed, one still asleep while the other has just woken and is sitting up. The room is untidy and clock indicates that it is 11:00am. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during...

ART02427

The Cook's Return ("Didn't I just make Paris sit up!")

Depicts the figure of a cook returning from a visit to Paris, talking to a group of seated soldiers, inside a tunnel or bunker. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

ART02428

The scarecrow: 'It's a bloomin' civvy!'

Depicts two soldiers, one wearing a tin helmet and rain cloak, the other with a bandaged head, encountering a scarecrow in a field. A wrecked and overturned canon appears in the background. The irony is that the soldiers themselves appear as tattered as the scarecrow and expected it to be a fellow...

ART02429

Small Talk

Depicts two soldiers lying in a bomb crater, in a war damaged landscape, having a conversation. The full title Dyson gave to this painting was; 'Small Talk: "No Brig., I says/ send me back to the/ boys- the transport's/ no good to me/ I never joined the / war to be a mule's batman!'. Will Dyson was...

ART02430

The batman (Compree washing madame)

Depicts an Australian soldier leaning against a doorway with a bundle of dirty laundry at his feet, talking to a civilian French woman and asking her if she will do his washing for him. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in...

ART02431

Rations: 'Seen any of our mob about?'

Depicts a soldier, carrying a large rucksack on his back, delivering food rations to a lonely, seated soldier. The soldier delivering food asks the seated soldier if he has 'seen any of our mob about?'. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

ART02432

Going up again

Depicts a group of weary soldiers standing in a war damaged landscape, re-equipping themselves after a rest period, with the intention of heading again to the Front Line. Dyson's full title for this work is 'Going up again. Show me the blighter that says he's hopped the bags more times than the old...

ART02433

The amateur (`Who's cutting this hair, you or me?')

Depicts two Australian soldiers outside their billet in France, one cutting the other's hair in a rough and awkward manner. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records...

ART02434

10th Machine Gun Company Headquarters

Depicts a view into the entrance of the 10th Machine Gun Company Headquarters on the Western Front, with duckboards, barbed wire and debris in front of it, in a war damaged landscape. Dyson wrote that the scene illustrated 'dugout in ...front line on the morning of the second Messines Offensive....

ART09926

Xmas memories

Depicts a central figure, an ex-serviceman, now a swaggie carrying a swag and billy and followed by his dog. Beside him are two ghostly figures of servicemen, possibly his former mates. The serviceman on the right wears a steel helmet, while the one on the left wears a slouch hat and carries a...

ART09933

The passing of Haig- Kaiser and Germania

Depicts an image of a wounded soldier with a bandage on his head, surrounded by a halo, holding a rifle and bayonet. He stands beside an officer, a portrait of Douglas Haig, in uniform wearing a cap, who also has a halo behind him. This cartoon was published in the Melbourne 'Herald' newspaper on...

ART14104

Digger

Depicts a portrait of an Australian soldier in a full battle kit. Painted by Will Dyson and Frank Crozier in collaboration.

ART15473

If my poor old Dad...

Depicts a cartoon of a donkey stuck in a water filled shell hole, while shell bursts and explosions can be seen on the horizon. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

ART16156

A voice from Anzac

Depicts two ghostly figures of soldiers seated on a rock in front of Anzac Beach at Gallipoli. The soldier hold their rifles and look wistfully and melancholically out towards the viewer. They are bathed in a glowing light. One thousand copies of this work were produced to present to the Victorian...

ART19662

[Digger lying on his stomach] verso: [Reclining officer with spyglass]

Depicts an image of an Australian digger in uniform lying on his stomach on the ground, observed from behind. On the verso is an image of an officer, seated on the ground, looking through a spyglass or telescope out across a valley in France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the...

ART19710

A sketch made in France in 1916

Depicts a head and shoulders portrait of a soldier, wearing a steel helmet. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement in the war. He...

ART19770

Reply to America

Depicts a figure of a German officer, in uniform wearing a helmet and cape, looking behind him at a fire burning, while in front of him is a man holding a bill with the words 'Reply to America' on it. Beside this figure stands the figure of a prim woman holding a mechanical figure, with the words...

ART19824

Kaiser

Depicts a caricature of a German officer; he is depicted as overweight, and wearing a helmet and greatcoat. Catalogue worksheet notes that the painting was 'removed from a house used as an Officer's Mess in Henencourt 1917', north west France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the...

ART00766

Opposite my billet, Rue d'Au

Depicts a view of the back of a man, wearing a cloak and hat, looking up towards the face of a young woman, who peers out of a loft window at him. The window is above an old barber's shop with a tiled roof. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

ART02203

Peace at Martinpiuch

Depicts a scene of a battlefield with war damaged trees in the left background, a damaged truck and a resting cannon. Martinpiuch is in north -western France, close to the Somme battlefield. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to...

ART02204

On the road to Nieuport

Depicts a war damaged landscape with broken trees, destroyed artillery and an upturned, broken cart. Nieuport is in Belgium. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

ART02205

The Dynamo, Hill 60

Depicts two Australian miners of the First Australian Tunnelling Company who at Hill 60, near Ypres in Belgium, were involved in tunneling through sandy dunes with Tunnelling machinery; here a dynamo for electricity generation is used to light the tunnel. This aspect of the 1915-17 underground...

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The Dynamo, Hill 60

Depicts two Australian miners of the First Australian Tunnelling Company who at Hill 60, near Ypres in Belgium, were involved in tunneling through sandy dunes with Tunnelling machinery; here a dynamo for electricity generation is used to light the tunnel. This aspect of the 1915-17 underground...

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The Dynamo, Hill 60

Depicts two Australian miners of the First Australian Tunnelling Company who at Hill 60, near Ypres in Belgium, were involved in tunneling through sandy dunes with Tunnelling machinery; here a dynamo for electricity generation is used to light the tunnel. This aspect of the 1915-17 underground...

ART02209.014

The waggon-loading post, Vaux

Depicts two Australian soldiers in uniform, near Vaux, in France; one of the soldiers is a stretcher bearer, with two General Service wagons, converted to horse drawn ambulances beside the road. The stretcher bearer carries a rolled stretcher and wears a gas mask and respirator on his chest; the...

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The waggon-loading post, Vaux

Depicts two Australian soldiers in uniform, near Vaux, in France; one of the soldiers is a stretcher bearer, with two General Service wagons, converted to horse drawn ambulances beside the road. The stretcher bearer carries a rolled stretcher and wears a gas mask and respirator on his chest; the...

ART02211.002

The waggon-loading post, Vaux

Depicts two Australian soldiers in uniform, near Vaux, in France; one of the soldiers is a stretcher bearer, with two General Service wagons, converted to horse drawn ambulances beside the road. The stretcher bearer carries a rolled stretcher and wears a gas mask and respirator on his chest; the...

ART02211.003

The waggon-loading post, Vaux

Depicts two Australian soldiers in uniform, near Vaux Wood, in France; one of the soldiers is a stretcher bearer, with two General Service wagons, converted to horse drawn ambulances beside the road. The stretcher bearer carries a rolled stretcher and wears a gas mask and respirator on his chest;...

ART02211.012

The waggon-loading post, Vaux

Depicts two Australian soldiers in uniform, near Vaux Wood, in France; one of the soldiers is a stretcher bearer, with two General Service wagons, converted to horse drawn ambulances beside the road. The stretcher bearer carries a rolled stretcher and wears a gas mask and respirator on his chest;...

ART02211.014

Old German front line outside Poziers

Depicts an image of the war damaged landscape of the German frontline near Pozieres, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement...

ART02213

The Old Flers Road

Depicts the war damaged landscape and snow covered roadway of the old Flers Road, near the Somme, France, with an upturned wagon, damaged tools and snow barricades. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

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The Old Flers Road

Depicts the war damaged landscape and snow covered roadway of the old Flers Road, near the Somme, France, with an upturned wagon, damaged tools and snow barricades. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

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The Old Flers Road

Depicts the war damaged landscape and snow covered roadway of the old Flers Road, near the Somme, France, with an upturned wagon, damaged tools and snow barricades.Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

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The Old Flers Road

Depicts the war damaged landscape and snow covered roadway of the old Flers Road, near the Somme, France, with an upturned wagon, damaged tools and snow barricades. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

ART02215.012

The garden at V... after Bapaume

Depicts a number of soldiers standing near cannons, in front of an old French building and trees. On 17 March 1917 Australian troops entered Bapaume and Dyson followed them closely, creating a number of sketches that documented the advancing Australians. He also spent some time at Bapaume with the...

ART02216

Evening at Flers

Depicts a war damaged landscape with ruined buildings, destroyed trees and power lines and parts of machinery. Flers is near Guedencourt, in north-eastern France, near the Somme. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in...

ART02217

Entrance to Mouquet Farm dugouts

Depicts the entrance, with wooden poles, covered in snow to the Mouquet Farm dugouts in France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian...

ART02219

Back at the waggon lines comparing souvenirs

Depicts four soldiers standing around looking at their souvenirs collected during the war, including bayonets and a small gun. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

ART02220

Reinforcements 1917

Depicts a number of Australian soldiers in uniform seated and standing, reinforcements for the front line. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the...

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Reinforcements 1917

Depicts a number of Australian soldiers in uniform seated and standing, reinforcements for the front line. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the...

ART02222.003

Reinforcements 1917

Depicts a number of Australian soldiers in uniform seated and standing, reinforcements for the front line. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the...

ART02222.005

Reinforcements 1917

Australian soldiers in uniform seated and standing, reinforcements for the front line. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement in the...

ART02222.013

Reinforcements 1917

Depicts a number of Australian soldiers in uniform seated and standing, reinforcements for the front line. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the...

ART02222.014

Germany's change of tune

Cartoon of two men, a German and a Prussian, standing in front of blackboards, with a row of young children in the front. The Prussian man on the left wears a coat with a wide sash across his front and holds an upraised sword in his left hand. His stern and aggressive expression relates to the...

ART02223

With the guns at Lavieville

Depicts two soldiers at rest with their ammunition, guns and a donkey at Lavieville, near Amiens, in north-western France. The gun is an 18-pounder and piles of shells rest in right fore-ground of the scene. The donkey has a sling over the saddle, enabling it to carry four shells on each side. Will...

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With the guns at Lavieville

Depicts two soldiers at rest with their ammunition, guns and a donkey at Lavieville, near Amiens, in north-western France. The gun is an 18-pounder and piles of shells rest in right fore-ground of the scene. The donkey has a sling over the saddle, enabling it to carry four shells on each side. Will...

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With the guns at Lavieville

Depicts two soldiers at rest with their ammunition, guns and a donkey at Lavieville, near Amiens, in north-western France. The gun is an 18-pounder and piles of shells rest in right fore- ground of the scene. The donkey has a sling over the saddle, enabling it to carry four shells on each side....

ART02226.011

With the guns at Lavieville

Depicts two soldiers at rest with their ammunition, guns and a donkey at Lavieville, near Amiens, in north-western France. The gun is an 18-pounder and piles of shells rest in right fore- ground of the scene. The donkey has a sling over the saddle, enabling it to carry four shells on each side....

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Early morning near Vaux

Depicts a large 18-pounder gun in the centre of a war damaged landscape. Beside the gun are piles of shells and ammunition and a number of soldiers are seated or standing by. Members of the AIF were involved in an offensive against the Germans at Vaux in April 1918. Will Dyson was the first...

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Bringing up the stew

Depicts two soldiers wearing tin helmets, carrying a covered pot of stew across a war damaged landscape during the First World War. The drawing was reproduced in the publication 'Australia at War: Drawings at the front' (London, 1918, p.15) with the following caption;'....The precious fluid, the...

ART02229

Cease firing, enemy aeroplanes above

Depicts a group of officers standing near an 18-pounder gun in a war damaged landscape. They have ceased firing and one officer looks upwards, and indication of an aeroplane firing overhead. The gun is covered by poles and camouflage netting. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the...

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Sunrise at Gueudecourt

Depicts a war damaged landscape at Guedecourt, Belgium, at sunrise with remnants of buildings and smashed trees. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the...

ART02232

Easter dawn and anti-Christ

Depicts a caricature of Kaiser Wilhelm II amid wreckage and chaos. One of his feet rests on a skull and the other on a broken column, symbolising the death of civilisation. He holds a sword and globe in hands, and sits on drum. The cartoon was originally published in the 'Daily Sketch', London, 21...

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Herr Frightfulness, recruiting Sergeant (also called Five Million Volunteers)

Depicts a caricature of two men (one possibly the British Prime Minister, or a thin and fat German man walking) standing above a landscape with thousands of young men below heading towards the recruitment office. Behind these men is a landscape and buildings burning. The cartoon appeared in the...

ART02234

An angry runner on the ridge

Depicts a soldier wearing a tin helmet, in the lower right corner, moving away from a war damaged ridge. A dark and stormy sky, filled with shell bursts looms in the right hand corner of the drawing. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

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Reinforcements, between Igaree Corner and Lagincourt

Two soldiers of the 2nd Australian Divisions in full kit going along a communication trench near Igaree Corner, France. The soldiers are on the left, Captain C J Fletcher, possibly of Postal Corps, and on the right, Daryl Lindsay. The place on the Western Front, Igaree, comes from the Arabic 'igri'...

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Reinforcements, between Igaree Corner and Lagincourt

Two soldiers of the 2nd Australian Divisions in full kit going along a communication trench near Igaree Corner, France. The soldiers are on the left, Captain C J Fletcher, possibly of Postal Corps, and on the right, Daryl Lindsay. The place on the Western Front, Igaree, comes from the Arabic 'igri'...

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Reinforcements, between Igaree Corner and Lagnicourt

Two soldiers of the 2nd Australian Divisions in full kit going along a communication trench near Igaree Corner, France. The soldiers are on the left, Captain C J Fletcher, possibly of Postal Corps, and on the right, Daryl Lindsay. The place on the Western Front, Igaree, comes from the Arabic 'igri'...

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Reinforcements, between Igaree Corner and Lagnicourt

Two soldiers of the 2nd Australian Divisions in full kit going along a communication trench near Igaree Corner, France. The soldiers are on the left, Captain C J Fletcher, possibly of Postal Corps, and on the right, Daryl Lindsay. Above them is a dark sky, filled with shell bursts.

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Reinforcements, between Igaree Corner and Lagnicourt

Two soldiers of the 2nd Australian Divisions in full kit going along a communication trench near Igaree Corner, France. The soldiers are on the left, Captain C J Fletcher, possibly of Postal Corps, and on the right, Daryl Lindsay. Above them is a dark sky, filled with shell bursts.

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Reinforcements, between Igaree Corner and Lagnicourt

Two soldiers of the 2nd Australian Divisions in full kit going along a communication trench near Igaree Corner, France. The soldiers are on the left: Captain C J Fletcher, possibly of Postal Corps, and on the right: Daryl Lindsay. The place on the Western Front, Igaree, comes from the Arabic 'igri'...

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Reinforcements, between Igaree Corner and Lagnicourt

Depicts two soldiers of the 2nd Australian Divisions in full kit going along a communication trench near Igaree Corner, France. The soldiers are on the left: Captain C J Fletcher, possibly of Postal Corps, and on the right : Daryl Lindsay. The place on the Western Front, Igaree, comes from the...

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The sink on sight order

Depicts a cartoon by Dyson commenting on government policies, particularly those associated with Kaiser Wilhelm II. The cartoon incorporates the figures of a German military man, with orders to 'sink or swim' in one hand and a halo in the other greeting a giant ape emerging from the sea - a...

ART02237

Wuremburg horrors

Depicts a crtoon of a German military man, dressed in a long coat and cap, standing on the bow of a ship while a ship sinks beside him. The image is a comment on the all out submarine warfare announced on 31 January 1917 in which any British ships met were to be sunk by the German Navy. Dyson's...

ART02238

Looking for the battalion

Depicts two soldiers with full kit walking along a road, within a war damaged landscape, somewhere along the Western Front, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

ART02239

The misery of rest camps

Depicts two Australian soldiers at rest inside a tent. They are huddling in the tent while it rains outside somewhere on the Western Front, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

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The misery of rest camps

Depicts two Australian soldiers at rest inside a tent. They are huddling in the tent while it rains outside somewhere on the Western Front, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

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The misery of rest camps

Depicts two Australian soldiers at rest inside a tent. They are huddling in the tent while it rains outside somewhere on the Western Front, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the first World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

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German pathos

Depicts a forlorn looking Kaiser Wilhelm II, wearing formal attire and a hat, crying and clasping hands with a hairy, two horned beast. The cartoon was published in the 'Daily Sketch', London, 10 April 1916. When published, the cartoon was accompanied by the title 'Hollweg and the Unappreciated...

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Delville Wood, looking towards Flers

Depicts the war damaged and bomb blasted landscape of Delville Wood, looking towards Flers on the horizon. In the foreground are the remains of a number of damaged trees and some barbed wire. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to...

ART02242

The Siege lamp, High Wood

Depicts a uniformed soldier, wearing a tin hat, and holding a lit match standing in a war damaged landscape about to light a siege lamp. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917,...

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Pour decourager les autres (To discourage the others)

Depicts an image of the German Kaiser, in full uniform, wearing a helmet and cape, reading the London newspaper 'The Daily Epileptic'. Standing next to him is a gentleman wearing a manacle holding a book titled 'Anti Germanic Allies'. This cartoon was published in the London 'Daily News' on 13 July...

ART02244

One of the Old Platoon

Depicts an Australian soldier in full uniform, with a large pack on his back, standing in a war damaged landscape bending over to pay tribute at the grave of a dead Australian soldier in Pozieres. The grave is marked by a wooden cross with the dead soldiers helmet hung on the top of the cross. Will...

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One of the Old Platoon

Depicts an Australian soldier in full uniform, with a large pack on his back, standing in a war damaged landscape bending over to pay tribute at the grave of a dead Australian soldier in Pozieres. The grave is marked by a wooden cross with the dead soldiers helmet hung on the top of the cross. Will...

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One of the Old Platoon

Depicts an Australian soldier in full uniform, with a large pack on his back, standing in a war damaged landscape bending over to pay tribute at the grave of a dead Australian soldier in Pozieres. The grave is marked by a wooden cross with the dead soldiers helmet hung on the top of the cross. Will...

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One of the Old Platoon

Depicts an Australian soldier in full uniform, with a large pack on his back, standing in a war damaged landscape bending over to pay tribute at the grave of a dead Australian soldier in Pozieres. The grave is marked by a wooden cross with the dead soldiers helmet hung on the top of the cross. Will...

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Tommies staging in the tunnels (In the Tunnel- Hill 60)

Depicts an image of soldiers from the British Army, possibly the Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) sleeping in tunnels. The 'Vine Street' sign on wall refers to street of that name in London. The events depicted occurred at Hill 60, near Ypres, Belgium in Aug 1917 but Dyson's lithograph was...

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Tommies staging in the tunnels (In the Tunnel- Hill 60)

Depicts an image of soldiers from the British Army, possibly the Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) sleeping in tunnels. The 'Vine Street' sign on wall refers to street of that name in London. The events depicted occurred at Hill 60, near Ypres, Belgium in Aug 1917 but Dyson's lithograph was...

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Tommies staging in the tunnels (In the Tunnel- Hill 60)

Depicts an image of soldiers from the British Army, possibly the Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) sleeping in tunnels. The 'Vine Street' sign on wall refers to street of that name in London. The events depicted occurred at Hill 60, near Ypres, Belgium in Aug 1917 but Dyson's lithograph was...

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Tommies staging in the tunnels (In the Tunnel- Hill 60)

Depicts an image of soldiers from the British Army, possibly the Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) sleeping in tunnels. The 'Vine Street' sign on wall refers to street of that name in London. The events depicted occurred at Hill 60, near Ypres, Belgium in Aug 1917 but Dyson's lithograph was...

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The Lagnicourt guns

Depicts a number of Australian soldiers inspecting field guns and ordanance at rest on the battlefiled, at Lagnicourt. In April 1917 Germans attacked Lagnicourt and Noreuil, initially successful, but Australians, although outnumbered by about six to one, drove them out. Will Dyson was the first...

ART02247

Company awaiting relief, the Caterpillar, near Ville-sur-Ancre

Depicts a number of soldiers in uniform, wearing helmets, resting on the road side, awaiting relief. The 'caterpillar' in the title refers to the name of a sunken road south of Ville. Dyson inspected Ville-sur-Ancre with his friend Wilkins, which the A.I.F. captured on 19 May 1917. The drawing for...

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Company awaiting relief, the Caterpillar, near Ville-sur-Ancre

Depicts a number of soldiers in uniform, wearing helmets, resting on the road side, awaiting relief. The 'caterpillar' in the title refers to the name of a sunken road south of Ville. Dyson inspected Ville-sur-Ancre with his friend Wilkins, which the A.I.F. captured on 19 May 1917. The drawing for...

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Winter at Comforts Fund, Delville Wood

Depicts a soldier in uniform, with a cape over his shoulders and chest to protect against the winter cold, holding a tin cup outstretched in one hand to receive coffee from the Comfort Funds Coffee stall in a dug out. He is standing next to a pile of supplies with a 'Comfort Fund' sign on it. Will...

ART02251

Waiting for the stew

Depicts a number of Soldiers in uniform seated and waiting for their food at the Company Headquarters. One soldier is smoking a pipe and another is holding a lit candle. When reproduced in 'Australia at War' (London, 1918) this image was accompanied by the following text; 'A dixie of stew for each...

ART02253

The Freedom of the Ceasar

Depicts the figure of Julius Ceasar, emperor (in the guise of a German officer) standing on top of a dais, surveying the scene before him of the sinking and bombing of a ship and the drowning of a number of people. This cartoon was published in the journal 'Land & Water', London, 20 November 1915,...

ART02254

The Freedom of the seas

Depicts a large hand rising up from underneath the sea to grab a sinking and on fire ship. In the background another ship can be seen about to be grasped by a hand rising out of the water. The cartoon comments on the sinking of the 'Arabic', a large passenger ship, on 19 August 1915, despite orders...

ART02256

Their 'law' and the Lusitania

Depicts a caricature of Kaiser Wilhelm, with the figure of a horned and cloven hoofed beast (possibly the Devil), standing in front of the figure of the United States President Woodrow Wilson, seated at a desk. In his hand he holds a piece of paper with the word 'Lusitania' on it. This cartoon was...

ART02257

Ordnance workshops, Cambrai Road

Depicts a number of Australian soldiers preparing and working with field guns and ordnance at a workshop near Bapaume. The image shows a view of part of the ordnance workshop, with ruined buildings in background and men working on 4.5 inch quick firing howitzer in foreground. Will Dyson was the...

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Ordnance workshops, Cambrai Road

Depicts a number of Australian soldiers preparing and working with field guns and ordnance at a workshop near Bapaume. The image shows a view of part of the ordnance workshop, with ruined buildings in background and men working on 4.5 inch quick firing howitzer in foreground. Will Dyson was the...

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Ordnance workshops, Cambrai Road

Depicts a number of Australian soldiers preparing and working with field guns and ordnance at a workshop near Bapaume. The image shows a view of part of the ordnance workshop, with ruined buildings in background and men working on 4.5 inch quick firing howitzer in foreground. Will Dyson was the...

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Ordnance workshops, Cambrai Road

Depicts a number of Australian soldiers preparing and working with field guns and ordnance at a workshop near Bapaume. The image shows a view of part of the ordnance workshop, with ruined buildings in background and men working on 4.5 inch quick firing howitzer in foreground. Will Dyson was the...

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Ordnance workshops, Cambrai Road

Depicts a number of Australian soldiers preparing and working with field guns and ordnance at a workshop near Bapaume. The image shows a view of part of the ordnance workshop, with ruined buildings in background and men working on 4.5 inch quick firing howitzer in foreground. Will Dyson was the...

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Ordnance workshops, Cambrai Road

Depicts a number of Australian soldiers preparing and working with field guns and ordnance at a workshop near Bapaume. The image shows a view of part of the ordnance workshop, with ruined buildings in background and men working on 4.5 inch quick firing howitzer in foreground. Will Dyson was the...

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Ordinance workshops, Cambrai Road

Depicts a number of Australian soldiers preparing and working with field guns and ordnance at a workshop near Bapaume. The image shows a view of part of the ordnance workshop, with ruined buildings in background and men working on 4.5 inch quick firing howitzer in foreground. Will Dyson was the...

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Ordinance workshops, Cambrai Road

Depicts a number of Australian soldiers preparing and working with field guns and ordnance at a workshop near Bapaume. The image shows a view of part of the ordnance workshop, with ruined buildings in background and men working on 4.5 inch quick firing howitzer in foreground. Will Dyson was the...

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Exchanging furphies

Depicts two soldiers, one standing and one seated, in front of a large tent. The seated soldier is pulling something out of a bag on the ground. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May...

ART02259

The Butte of Warlencourt

Depicts a war damaged landscape in Belgium, the Butte of Warlencourt, with the hill in the background topped by two crosses. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

ART02261

With Manton's Guns, Hill 60

Depicts several soldiers seated in trenches and dugouts, some checking over canteen accounts, on the battlefield, while explosions go off on the horizon. The soldiers are members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 15th Battery, Australian Field Artillery. The 'Manton' referred to in the title is...

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With Manton's Guns, Hill 60

Depicts several soldiers seated in trenches and dugouts, some checking over canteen accounts, on the battlefield, while explosions go off on the horizon. The soldiers are members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 15th Battery, Australian Field Artillery. The 'Manton' referred to in the title is...

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With Manton's Guns, Hill 60

Depicts several soldiers seated in trenches and dugouts, some checking over canteen accounts, on the battlefield, while explosions go off on the horizon. The soldiers are members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 15th Battery, Australian Field Artillery. The 'Manton' referred to in the title is...

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With Manton's Guns, Hill 60

Depicts several soldiers seated in trenches and dugouts, some checking over canteen accounts, on the battlefield, while explosions go off on the horizon. The soldiers are members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 15th Battery, Australian Field Artillery. The 'Manton' referred to in the title is...

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With Manton's Guns, Hill 60

Depicts several soldiers seated in trenches and dugouts, some checking over canteen accounts, on the battlefield, while explosions go off on the horizon. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there...

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Jack and his offsider

Depicts two soldiers, wearing long coats and tin helmets, with one standing and one seated. The two soldiers are waiting for their rations. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May...

ART02263

Unloading the wounded from ambulance at ACCS

Depicts a field ambulance being unloaded by a number of men from the rear of the ambulance. Behind the ambulance are a number of hospital tents. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May...

ART02264

Stepping stones to higher things

Depicts a caricature of Kaiser Wilhelm II climbing up a huge pile of human skulls, representing war dead, while smoking ruins appear in the background. Dyson's distinctive biting satire aimed at war and later directly at Kaiser Wilhelm meant that his works were seen as epitomising the prevalent...

ART02265

Compensation (back at the waggon lines)

Depicts a young Australian soldier with his horse talking to young French woman near waggon lines. In the background are other horses and waggons. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

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Compensation (back at the waggon lines)

Depicts a young Australian soldier with his horse talking to young French woman near waggon lines. In the background are other horses and waggons. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

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Compensation (back at the waggon lines)

Depicts a young Australian soldier with his horse talking to young French woman near waggon lines. In the background are other horses and waggons. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

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Compensation (back at the waggon lines)

Depicts a young Australian soldier with his horse talking to young French woman near waggon lines. In the background are other horses and waggons. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

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The Raider, P...

Depicts two soldiers in uniform standing on the edge of a battlefield watching, through binoculars, air raids on the battlefield. A number of search lights can be seen in the background of the image, flooding over the horizon. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the...

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Reporting at the Battery

Depicts two soldiers entering the tent of an Officer in Charge after returning from Forward Observation Post, reporting back to their battery. The Officer in Charge has been woken at night and sits upright in his bed, holding a candle in one hand and a bottle of wine in the other. Will Dyson was...

ART02277

Watching the barrage from Mount Kemmel

Depicts a group of spectators, including Australian, New Zealand and British officers, on Mount Kemmel, a few miles from Ypres, watching an artillery barrage at night. The sky is lit up by German flares. This barrage was part of the week's long barrage preceding the Third Battle of Ypres. Among...

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Watching the barrage from Mount Kemmel

Depicts a group of spectators, including Australian, New Zealand and British officers, on Mount Kemmel, a few miles from Ypres, watching an artillery barrage at night. The sky is lit up by German flares. This barrage was part of the week's long barrage preceding the Third Battle of Ypres. Among...

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Watching the barrage from Mount Kemmel

Depicts a group of spectators, including Australian, New Zealand and British officers, on Mount Kemmel, a few miles from Ypres, watching an artillery barrage at night. The sky is lit up by German flares. This barrage was part of the week's long barrage preceding the Third Battle of Ypres. Among the...

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Watching the barrage from Mount Kemmel

Depicts a group of spectators, including Australian, New Zealand and British officers, on Mount Kemmel, a few miles from Ypres, watching an artillery barrage at night. The sky is lit up by German flares. This barrage was part of the week's long barrage preceding the Third Battle of Ypres. Among the...

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Home comforts in the Tunnels, Hill 60

Depicts members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 1st Australian Tunnelling Company showing two men sitting in dug out in a tunnel, furnished with camp beds and boxes for tables and seats. The dugout is lit by candlelight, clothes and equipment are hanging on walls and from ceiling. Will Dyson...

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Home comforts in the tunnels, Hill 60

Depicts members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 1st Australian Tunnelling Company showing two men sitting in dug out in a tunnel, furnished with camp beds and boxes for tables and seats. The dugout is lit by candlelight, clothes and equipment are hanging on walls and from ceiling. Will Dyson...

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Home comforts in the tunnels, Hill 60

Depicts members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 1st Australian Tunnelling Company showing two men sitting in dug out in a tunnel, furnished with camp beds and boxes for tables and seats. The dugout is lit by candlelight, clothes and equipment are hanging on walls and from ceiling. Will Dyson...

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Home comforts in the tunnels, Hill 60

Depicts members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 1st Australian Tunnelling Company showing two men sitting in dug out in a tunnel, furnished with camp beds and boxes for tables and seats. The dugout is lit by candlelight, clothes and equipment are hanging on walls and from ceiling. Will Dyson...

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Home comforts in the tunnels, Hill 60

Depicts members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 1st Australian Tunnelling Company showing two men sitting in dug out in a tunnel, furnished with camp beds and boxes for tables and seats. The dugout is lit by candlelight, clothes and equipment are hanging on walls and from ceiling. Will Dyson...

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Gathering fuel, Delville Wood

Depicts a soldier, wearing a tin helmet, gathering and carrying firewood from the broken and war damaged remains of Delville Wood during the winter, December 1916. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

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Gathering fuel, Delville Wood

Depicts a soldier, wearing a tin helmet, gathering and carrying firewood from the broken and war damaged remains of Delville Wood during the winter, December 1916. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

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Gathering fuel, Delville Wood

Depicts a soldier, wearing a tin helmet, gathering and carrying firewood from the broken and war damaged remains of Delville Wood during the winter, December 1916. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

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Gathering fuel, Delville Wood

Depicts a soldier, wearing a tin helmet, gathering and carrying firewood from the broken and war damaged remains of Delville Wood during the winter, December 1916. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

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Gathering fuel, Delville Wood

Depicts a soldier, wearing a tin helmet, gathering and carrying firewood from the broken and war damaged remains of Delville Wood during the winter, December 1916. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

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Gathering fuel, Delville Wood

Depicts a soldier, wearing a tin helmet, gathering and carrying firewood from the broken and war damaged remains of Delville Wood during the winter, December 1916. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

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Searching for German booby traps near Ligny-Thilloy

Depicts two Australian soldiers, in uniform, wearing tin helmets, walking through a stretch of German trenches on the Somme, warily inspecting their surroundings for booby traps. One soldier holds a torch and is inspecting a hole in the trench, while the other nervously keeps guard. Will Dyson was...

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Searching for German booby traps near Ligny-Thilloy

Depicts two Australian soldiers, in uniform, wearing tin helmets, walking through a stretch of German trenches on the Somme, warily inspecting their surroundings for booby traps. One soldier holds a torch and is inspecting a hole in the trench, while the other nervously keeps guard. Will Dyson was...

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Searching for German booby traps near Ligny-Thilloy

Depicts two Australian soldiers, in uniform, wearing tin helmets, walking through a stretch of German trenches on the Somme, warily inspecting their surroundings for booby traps. One soldier holds a torch and is inspecting a hole in the trench, while the other nervously keeps guard. Will Dyson was...

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Searching for German booby traps near Ligny-Thilloy

Depicts two Australian soldiers, in uniform, wearing tin helmets, walking through a stretch of German trenches on the Somme, warily inspecting their surroundings for booby traps. One soldier holds a torch and is inspecting a hole in the trench, while the other nervously keeps guard. Will Dyson was...

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Searching for German booby traps near Ligny-Thilloy

Depicts two Australian soldiers, in uniform, wearing tin helmets, walking through a stretch of German trenches on the Somme, warily inspecting their surroundings for booby traps. One soldier holds a torch and is inspecting a hole in the trench, while the other nervously keeps guard. Will Dyson was...

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A funk-hole near Bullecourt

Depicts two soldiers sheltering in a funk hole at night. They are seated and reading by candlelight. The entrance to the hole is draped with a piece of cloth. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining...

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A funk-hole near Bullecourt

Depicts two soldiers sheltering in a funk hole at night. They are seated and reading by candlelight. The entrance to the hole is draped with a piece of cloth. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining...

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A funk-hole near Bullecourt

Depicts two soldiers sheltering in a funk hole at night. They are seated and reading by candlelight. The entrance to the hole is draped with a piece of cloth. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining...

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A funk-hole near Bullecourt

Depicts two soldiers sheltering in a funk hole at night. They are seated and reading by candlelight. The entrance to the hole is draped with a piece of cloth. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining...

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A funk-hole near Bullecourt

Depicts two soldiers sheltering in a funk hole at night. They are seated and reading by candlelight. The entrance to the hole is draped with a piece of cloth. Funk holes were small niches scraped out of the side of a trench that provided some shelter while sleeping. Will Dyson was the first...

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A funk-hole near Bullecourt

Depicts two soldiers sheltering in a funk hole at night. They are seated and reading by candlelight. The entrance to the hole is draped with a piece of cloth. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining...

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The grooms, Happy Valley, Franvillers

Depicts three soldiers, groomsmen, wearing uniform and mounted on large horses, at Franvilliers, in the Somme. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the...

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The grooms, Happy Valley, Franvillers

Depicts three soldiers, groomsmen, wearing uniform and mounted on large horses, at Franvilliers, in the Somme. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the...

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The grooms, Happy Valley, Franvillers

Depicts three soldiers, groomsmen, wearing uniform and mounted on large horses, at Franvilliers, in the Somme. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the...

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The grooms, Happy Valley, Franvillers

Depicts three orderlies exercising officers' horses, with hills scarred with trench lines in the background. The orderlies are wearing uniforms and mounted on large horses, at Franvilliers, in the Somme. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

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Bapaume church

Depicts the severely damaged remains of the Bapaume church, with a statue in the foreground. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement...

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Bapaume church

Depicts the severely damaged remains of the Bapaume church, with a statue in the foreground. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement...

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Bapaume church

Depicts the severely damaged remains of the Bapaume church, with a statue in the foreground. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement...

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Bapaume church

Depicts the severely damaged remains of the Bapaume church, with a statue in the foreground. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement...

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Bapaume church

Depicts the severely damaged remains of the Bapaume church, with a statue in the foreground. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the first World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement...

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Bapaume church

Depicts the severely damaged remains of the Bapaume church, with a statue in the foreground. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement...

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With the 2nd Australian tunnellers near Nieuport

Depicts members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company with two men in the tunnel. One is kneeling and working on the rock face, the other is standing. The tunnel is lit by a candle and is shored up with wood. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the...

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With the 2nd Australian tunnellers near Nieuport

Depicts members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company with two men in the tunnel. One is kneeling and working on thed rock face, the other is standing. The tunnel is lit by a candle and is shored up with wood. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the...

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With the 2nd Australian Tunnellers near Nieuport

Depicts members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company with two men in the tunnel. One is kneeling and working on thed rock face, the other is standing. The tunnel is lit by a candle and is shored up with wood. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the...

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With the 2nd Australian tunnellers near Nieuport

Depicts members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company with two men in the tunnel. One is kneeling and working on the rock face, the other is standing. The tunnel is lit by a candle and is shored up with wood. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the...

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With the 2nd Australian tunnellers near Nieuport

Depicts members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company with two men in the tunnel. One is kneeling and working on thed rock face, the other is standing. The tunnel is lit by a candle and is shored up with wood. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit...

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With the 2nd Australian tunnellers near Nieuport

Depicts members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company with two men in the tunnel. One is kneeling and working on thed rock face, the other is standing. The tunnel is lit by a candle and is shored up with wood. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the...

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German prisoners, Wytschaete Road

Depicts three German prisoners in retreat, two wearing helmets, walking along Wytschaete Road, through a war damaged landscape. This work relates to the July 31st Offensive. Behind them on the road are motor vehicles and, to the right, hessian screens for camouflage. Will Dyson was the first...

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German prisoners, Wytschaete Road

Depicts three German prisoners in retreat, two wearing helmets, walking along Wytschaete Road, through a war damaged landscape. This work relates to the July 31st Offensive. Behind them on the road are covered wagons and, to the right, fences with webbing. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist...

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German prisoners, Wytschaete Road

Depicts three German prisoners in retreat, two wearing helmets, walking along Wytschaete Road , through a war damaged landscape. This work relates to the July 31st Offensive. Behind them on the road are motor vehicles and, to the right, hessian screens for camouflage. Will Dyson was the first...

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German Judge and Jury

Depicts an elderly judge, wearing his robes and wig, with the German eagle resting on his head, holding a piece of crumpled paper in his hand. Opposite him is a German officer, in uniform, wearing a helmet, holding an erect sword which has blood dripping down it. Below him is the jury, all men,...

ART02289

The final outrage

Depicts the figure of a semi-naked female tied to a post. Her hands are bound with chains, which have ribbons attached, bearing the words 'Occupied territories'. Beside him, a caricatured figure of the German Kaiser, wearing a helmet and full military uniform holds a whip to flog the back of the...

ART02290

Kaiser and Germania

Depicts two figures, either Kaiser Wilhelm II and Emperor Franz Josef or 'Germania' and Wilhelm. The thin, elderly figure on the right may also represent the declining Austro-Hungarian empire gazing at the location where the Allied powers met on 26 March 1916 (the Allied Paris conference) during...

ART02292

Wine of Victory (Wounded German prisoners near Ypres)

Depicts a wounded German soldier, captured near Ypres, being led through a war damaged landscape. Rows of other soldiers can be seen in the background of the scene. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

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After the Zeppelin raids

Depicts a German family scene, consisting of a mother, holding baby and scolding a small child for disturbing her father. The father, a German officer in uniform, slumps wearily in a chair. The caption accompanying this caricature is; "Hush, you naughty childrens! You vill vaken your vader, und him...

ART02294

The cookers near Villers-Bretonneux

Depicts a field kitchen near Villers Bretonneux, Western Front, with cooks standing around a field kitchen preparing meal. Horse drawn wagons are passing by to the right of the kitchen, while a queue of soldiers appears on the left. This lithograph reflects Dyson's admiration for the 'support units...

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Alone with his God

Depicts the figure of a bareheaded Kaiser Wilhelm II kneeling at foot of steps before God, who is a larger version of the Emperor himself. Beside the Kaiser incense rises from a bowl containing the remains of burning and ruined cities, symbolic of the loss of civilisation. God holds a globe...

ART19896

Respect for Culture

Depicts a figure of a seated German officer, pulling on his boots, in a hotel room. He turns to yell at a buxom woman who has a worried expression on her face as she flees towards the door and away from him. She has a band in her hair with the word 'KULTUR' on it. This work is number seventeen in a...

ART19897

War to save German culture

"War to save German Culture" was subtitled 'Goethe, Beethoven, Wagner - in humble chorus - "How, Oh Saviour Krupp, how can we ever thank thee!"'. Will Dyson has depicted the figure of Krupp seated on a throne that consists of a howitzer and another field gun. Kneeling before him are the figures of...

ART19898

The human heart

An annotation on the back of this cartoon suggests that it was published in the Herald, a Melbourne newspaper, on the 9/5/28. Dyson worked on this paper until he returned to London in the late twenties and thirties. The cartoon represents an allegorical figure of War inside a human heart. He is...

ART93112

"And we haven't finished with you yet, Hans Schmitt!"

A uniformed Nazi with Swastika armband stands over the grave of Hans Schmitt, who is noted in the cartoon as an 'anti-Nazi'. The Nazi yells: "WE HAVN'T [sic] FINISHED WITH YOU YET, HANS SCHMITT!". This cartoon explores the Nazi murders of communist political opponents as well as the imprisonment...

ART93113

'Hoy! Below There!'

The work represents a fascist wearing a typical black cap and boots. He is threatening to throw the world into hell, where a little horned devil is waiting eagerly. Created three years into Hitler's tenure as Chancellor of Germany, this work foreshadows the descent of the world back into another...

ART93114

[JJW Herbertson]

Dyson depicts a captured German soldier being interrogated by JJW Herbertson, an English captain that was attached to General Birdwood's 1st ANZAC Corps Intelligence. This cartoon was created by Dyson for Herbertson as he was a friend of CEW Bean. Herbertson later went on to translate captured...

ART93273

The evil of mixed bathing

Depicts a young couple, the man in a Life Saving Club bathing suit, holding the hand of a small child, while beside him stands a woman in a bathing suit holding a large bird. Behind them are other bathers, walking into the sea. Beside the couple are an elderly man, dressed in 19th century clothing,...

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Don't be hard on me Sir....

Depicts a figure of a man, bending over a small child and chastising him. Above the man's ear is a feather quill with the word 'CRITICISM' on it, and he holds a bill with the words 'BILL FOR DRESSING CANBERRA IN CITY STYLE....' on it. The small child is crying and wearing an oversized jacket and...

ARTC00004

Xmas Memories

Depicts a central figure, an ex-serviceman, now a swaggie carrying a swag and billy and followed by his dog. Beside him are two ghostly figures of servicemen, possibly his former mates. The serviceman on the right wears a steel helmet, while the one on the left wears a slouch hat and carries a...

ART50203

[Japan and Australia brought together by the Pacific]

Depicts a figure of a man, representing 'Australia', shaking hands with another figure of a man, representing 'Japan'. They both stand on the palms of the hands of a mythical creature, emerging from the ocean, with long hair and a long beard, labelled 'The Pacific'. Will Dyson was the first...

ART50297

Sink on sight

Depicts the figure of a German naval officer, possibly Admiral Scheer (who conducted the German submarine campaign against shipping) and the ghost of SS Lusitania, in the form of a young woman, wearing a life belt, strapped to her chest. The German officer holds a paper order behind his back on...

ART90449

A Voice from Anzac

Poster depicting two ghost like soldiers, seated at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, their backs to the sea. The poster was reproduced as a souvenir in the 'Herald', Melbourne, on Anzac Day, 1927. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France...

ARTV05746

Will Dyson: 24th August to 18th September 1982

Poster advertising an exhibition of Will Dyson's works, in Sydney, 1982. The poster features a caricature of Remington, carrying a box, with one hand wrappred around the shoulder of a buxom woman, possibly a prostitute. She holds a wad of banknotes in her hand. Will Dyson was the first Australian...

ARTV08843

Australia at War: Drawings at the Front

Advertising poster depicting an Australian soldier in uniform, wearing a steel helmet and carrying a full pack. The poster was produced in London to advertise Will Dyson's publication 'Australia at War'. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

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German prisoners near Messines

Depicts a standing Australian soldier guarding two German soldiers seated on the ground. One of the seated soldiers wears a German Field Cap, while the soldier on the right has a bandaged head and hand. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

ART02214

Outside Colonel B...'s dressing station, Menin Road

Depicts a group of Australian 1st and 2nd Australian Division unidentified, wounded soldiers sitting outside a dressing station on Menin Road, with a stretcher lying on the roof of the dressing station. The soldiers appear distressed and to be suffering from shock. This work was reproduced in...

ART02206

Near Mametz

Depicts an unidentified soldier, wearing greatcoat and cape and carrying protective (tin) helmet, standing near the trunk of a war damaged tree near Mametz, on the Western Front. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in...

ART02207

The Dynamo, Hill 60

Depicts two Australian miners of the First Australian Tunnelling Company who at Hill 60, near Ypres in Belgium, were involved in tunneling through sandy dunes with Tunnelling machinery; here a dynamo for electricity generation is used to light the tunnel. This aspect of the 1915-17 underground...

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The Dynamo, Hill 60

Depicts two Australian miners of the First Australian Tunnelling Company who at Hill 60, near Ypres in Belgium, were involved in tunneling through sandy dunes with Tunnelling machinery; here a dynamo for electricity generation is used to light the tunnel. This aspect of the 1915-17 underground...

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The Dynamo, Hill 60

Depicts two Australian miners of the First Australian Tunnelling Company who at Hill 60, near Ypres in Belgium, were involved in tunneling through sandy dunes with Tunnelling machinery; here a dynamo for electricity generation is used to light the tunnel. This aspect of the 1915-17 underground...

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The Dynamo, Hill 60

Depicts two Australian miners of the First Australian Tunnelling Company who at Hill 60, near Ypres in Belgium, were involved in tunneling through sandy dunes with Tunnelling machinery; here a dynamo for electricity generation is used to light the tunnel. This aspect of the 1915-17 underground...

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Dead beat, the tunnel, Hill 60

Depicts an exhausted Australian soldier wearing full kit and greatcoat, sleeping in a tunnel during the Third Battle of Ypres. Indistinct figures of two other soldiers seen in the background. Dyson, appointed the first Australian official war artist in 1917, had no illusions about war. He declared:...

ART02210

Messines, morning of the offensive

Depicts a war damaged landscape at dawn, part of the front line at Messines, with the remains of trees, trenches and barbed wire visible and shells exploding on the horizon. The 11th Machine Gun Company Headquarters AIF were nearby; 31st July 1917, the beginning of Third Battle of Ypres. In June...

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Messines, morning of the offensive

Depicts a war damaged landscape at dawn, part of the front line at Messines, with the remains of trees, trenches and barbed wire visible and shells exploding on the horizon. The 11th Machine Gun Company Headquarters AIF were nearby; 31st July 1917, the beginning of Third Battle of Ypres. In June...

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Messines, morning of the offensive

Depicts a war damaged landscape at dawn, part of the front line at Messines, with the remains of trees, trenches and barbed wire visible and shells exploding on the horizon. The 11th Machine Gun Company Headquarters AIF were nearby; 31st July 1917, the beginning of Third Battle of Ypres. In June...

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Reinforcements 1917

Depicts a number of Australian soldiers in uniform seated and standing, reinforcements for the front line. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the...

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The mate (In memory of W..., Machine Gun Company, Messines Ridge)

Depicts an Australian soldier carving a cross with an ornate rising sun for his fallen mate. Dyson witnessed this event on August 1st, 1917 on Messines Ridge, near Ypres in Belgium. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in...

ART02231

Tommies staging in the tunnels (In the Tunnel- Hill 60)

Depicts an image of soldiers from the British Army, possibly the Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) sleeping in tunnels. The 'Vine Street' sign on wall refers to street of that name in London. The events depicted occurred at Hill 60, near Ypres, Belgium in Aug 1917 but Dyson's lithograph was...

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Tommies staging in the tunnels (In the Tunnel- Hill 60)

Depicts an image of soldiers from the British Army, possibly the Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) sleeping in tunnels. The 'Vine Street' sign on wall refers to street of that name in London. The events depicted occurred at Hill 60, near Ypres, Belgium in Aug 1917 but Dyson's lithograph was...

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Company awaiting relief, the Caterpillar, near Ville-sur-Ancre

Depicts a number of soldiers in uniform, wearing helmets, resting on the road side, awaiting relief. The 'caterpillar' in the title refers to the name of a sunken road south of Ville. Dyson inspected Ville-sur-Ancre with his friend Wilkins, which the A.I.F. captured on 19 May 1917. The drawing for...

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Coming down from the ridge, Passchendaele

Depicts a group of weary Australian soldiers from either the 2nd or 3rd Australian Division walking along the road in Passchendaele. The soldiers are carrying personal and military equipment, one has a rolled stretcher and one a rifle. Dyson noted of this work: 'I never drew a single line except to...

ART02255

With Manton's Guns, Hill 60

Depicts several soldiers seated in trenches and dugouts, some checking over canteen accounts, on the battlefield, while explosions go off on the horizon. The soldiers are members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 15th Battery, Australian Field Artillery. The 'Manton' referred to in the title is...

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With Manton's Guns, Hill 60

Depicts several soldiers seated in trenches and dugouts, some checking over canteen accounts, on the battlefield, while explosions go off on the horizon. The soldiers are members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 15th Battery, Australian Field Artillery. The 'Manton' referred to in the title is...

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Our pillbox, Westhoek Ridge, October

Depicts three soldiers wearing tin helmets looking out across the battlefield at Westhoek Ridge. A wrecked pillbox appears in the background with two gun limbers near it. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

ART02268

Back at the waggon lines after Polygon Wood

Depicts men of either 1st or 2nd Division, Australian Infantry, at waggon lines behind the Front, eating, resting and being served food in a war damaged landscape. Discarded webbing with a bayonet and entrenching tools are depicted in the foreground. This images was one of several by Dyson that...

ART02270

Resting after the stunt

Depicts either 1st or 2nd Division men resting in tents at the waggon lines behind the Front. Some of the men are resting, some are reading mail and some are lying around resting. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in...

ART02271

Coming out at Hill 60

Depicts members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 4th Division, in full kit walking along duckboard tracks over trenches, in a war damaged landscape. This image was reproduced in 'Australia at War' (London, 1918) with the following caption; 'Little groups of men burdened with the appliances of...

ART02273

Watching the barrage from Mount Kemmel

Depicts a group of spectators, including Australian, New Zealand and British officers, on Mount Kemmel, a few miles from Ypres, watching an artillery barrage at night. The sky is lit up by German flares. This barrage was part of the week's long barrage preceding the Third Battle of Ypres. Among the...

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Home comforts in the tunnels, Hill 60

Depicts members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 1st Australian Tunnelling Company showing two men sitting in dug out in a tunnel, furnished with camp beds and boxes for tables and seats. The dugout is lit by candlelight, clothes and equipment are hanging on walls and from ceiling. Will Dyson...

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Deserted horse lines near Pommier Redoubt

Depicts a deserted wooden building draped with cloths, next to a Nissan hut in a war damaged landscape on the Western Front. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

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Deserted horse lines near Pommier Redoubt

Depicts a deserted wooden building draped with cloths, next to a Nissan hut in a war damaged landscape on the Western Front. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

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Deserted horse lines near Pommier Redoubt

Depicts a deserted wooden building draped with cloths, next to a Nissan hut in a war damaged landscape on the Western Front. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the first World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

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German prisoners, Wytschaete Road

Depicts three German prisoners in retreat, two wearing helmets, walking along Wytschaete Road , through a war damaged landscape. This work relates to the July 31st Offensive. Behind them on the road are motor vehicles and, to the right, hessian screens for camouflage. Will Dyson was the first...

ART02288.005

German prisoners, Wytschaete Road

Depicts three German prisoners in retreat, two wearing helmets, walking along Wytschaete Road, through a war damaged landscape. This work relates to the July 31st Offensive. Behind them on the road are motor vehicles and, to the right, hessian screens for camouflage. Will Dyson was the first...

ART02288.006

German prisoners, Wytschaete road

Depicts three German prisoners in retreat, two wearing helmets, walking along Wytschaete Road , through a war damaged landscape. This work relates to the July 31st Offensive. Behind them on the road are motor vehicles and, to the right, hessian screens for camouflage. Will Dyson was the first...

ART02288.014

First bombardment of Hazebrouch

Depicts a soldier carrying an officer's valise on his shoulders as he walks along a road way in a French village. He walks along with women and children also carrying their belongings and bags. The work relates to early bombardments at Hazebrouck in July 1917 and the evacuation of the people. Will...

ART02291

Wine of Victory (Wounded German prisoners near Ypres)

Depicts a wounded German soldier, captured near Ypres, being led by Australian soldiers across a war damaged landscape. Rows of other soldiers can be seen in the background of the scene. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France...

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Wine of Victory (Wounded German prisoners near Ypres)

Depicts a wounded German soldier, captured near Ypres, being led by Australian soldiers across a war damaged landscape. Rows of other soldiers can be seen in the background of the scene. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France...

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Wine of Victory (Wounded German prisoners near Ypres)

Depicts a wounded German soldier, captured near Ypres, being led by Australian soldiers across a war damaged landscape. Rows of other soldiers can be seen in the background of the scene. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France...

ART02293.005

Wine of Victory (Wounded German prisoners near Ypres)

Depicts a wounded German soldier, captured near Ypres, being led by Australian soldiers across a war damaged landscape. Rows of other soldiers can be seen in the background of the scene. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France...

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The cookers near Villers-Bretonneux

Depicts a field kitchen near Villers Bretonneux, Western Front, with cooks standing around a field kitchen preparing meal. Horse drawn wagons are passing by to the right of the kitchen, while a queue of soldiers appears on the left. This lithograph reflects Dyson's admiration for the 'support units...

ART02296.002

Back at Buire

Depicts two Australian soldiers, one wearing a heavy long coat and smoking a pipe, the other in uniform with his hands in his pocket, standing near a doorway. A young French woman, wearing a scarf, clogs and carrying baskets, walks past them and they glance towards her. Buire- Courcelles is a...

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Back at Buire

Depicts two Australian soldiers, one wearing a heavy long coat and smoking a pipe, the other in uniform with his hands in his pocket, standing near a doorway. A young French woman, wearing a scarf, clogs and carrying baskets, walks past them and they glance towards her. Buire- Courcelles is a...

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Back at Buire

Depicts two Australian soldiers, one wearing a heavy long coat and smoking a pipe, the other in uniform with his hands in his pocket, standing near a doorway. A young French woman, wearing a scarf, clogs and carrying baskets, walks past them and they glance towards her. Buire- Courcelles is a...

ART02298.011

Back at Buire

Depicts two Australian soldiers, one wearing a heavy long coat and smoking a pipe, the other in uniform with his hands in his pocket, standing near a doorway. A young French woman, wearing a scarf, clogs and carrying baskets, walks past them and they glance towards her. Buire- Courcelles is a...

ART02298.012

Back at Buire

Depicts two Australian soldiers, one wearing a heavy long coat and smoking a pipe, the other in uniform with his hands in his pocket, standing near a doorway. A young French woman, wearing a scarf, clogs and carrying baskets, walks past them and they glance towards her. Buire- Courcelles is a...

ART02298.013

Back at Buire

Depicts two Australian soldiers, one wearing a heavy long coat and smoking a pipe, the other in uniform with his hands in his pocket, standing near a doorway. A young French woman, wearing a scarf, clogs and carrying baskets, walks past them and they glance towards her. Buire- Courcelles is a...

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Battery Commander's dug-out, Hill 60

Depicts two soldiers in uniform, seated in the interior of a dug-out. The one sitting on the right is probably Major R F Manton, DSO, Commanding of 15 Bty, AFA. A lit candle, tins of food and small shelves can be seen in the interior of the dug out. Hill 60 was visited by Dyson, with Charles Bean,...

ART02299.001

Battery Commander's dug-out, Hill 60

Depicts two soldiers in uniform, seated in the interior of a dug-out. The one sitting on the right is probably Major R F Manton, DSO, Commanding of 15 Bty, AFA. A lit candle , tins of food and small shelves can be seen in the interior of the dug out. Hill 60 was visited by Dyson, with Charles Bean...

ART02299.002

Battery Commander's dug-out, Hill 60

Depicts two soldiers in uniform, seated in the interior of a dug-out. The one sitting on the right is probably Major R F Manton, DSO, Commanding of 15 Bty, AFA. A lit candle, tins of food and small shelves can be seen in the interior of the dug out. Hill 60 was visited by Dyson, with Charles Bean,...

ART02299.003

Battery Commander's dug-out, Hill 60

Depicts two soldiers in uniform, seated in the interior of a dug-out. The one sitting on the right is probably Major R F Manton, DSO, Commanding of 15 Bty, AFA. A lit candle , tins of food and small shelves can be seen in the interior of the dug out. Hill 60 was visited by Dyson, with Charles Bean...

ART02299.009

Battery Commander's dug-out, Hill 60

Depicts two soldiers in uniform, seated in the interior of a dug-out. The one sitting on the right is probably Major R F Manton, DSO, Commanding of 15 Bty, AFA. A lit candle, tins of food and small shelves can be seen in the interior of the dug out. Hill 60 was visited by Dyson, with Charles Bean,...

ART02299.014

Battery Commander's dug-out, Hill 60

Depicts two soldiers in uniform, seated in the interior of a dug-out. The one sitting on the right is probably Major R F Manton, DSO, Commanding of 15 Bty, AFA. A lit candle, tins of food and small shelves can be seen in the interior of the dug out. Hill 60 was visited by Dyson, with Charles Bean,...

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Battery Commander's dug-out, Hill 60

Depicts two soldiers in uniform, seated in the interior of a dug-out. The one sitting on the right is probably Major R F Manton, DSO, Commanding of 15 Bty, AFA. A lit candle, tins of food and small shelves can be seen in the interior of the dug out. Hill 60 was visited by Dyson, with Charles Bean,...

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Labour battalion man

Depicts an unidentified soldier from the Labour Battalion, wearing waterproof cape, rubber boots and a scarf tied over a protective (tin) helmet, resting on a spade. He has a contemplative expression on his face. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World...

ART02301

The cook

Depicts the figure of a battalion cook, his pipe in his mouth, leaning in the doorway of a kitchen. Dyson had a "fascination with eccentric A.I.F. cooks" and greatly admired the AIF support units who strove to provide the infantry with basic comforts, such as food. Of AIF cooks, Dyson noted that he...

ART02304

Breakfast at Ypres

Depicts three soldiers, two sitting and one standing, around a small brazier preparing breakfast, near Ypres in France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of...

ART02314

Ypres from the ramparts

Depicts a view of war damaged Ypres, including the ruins of the Cloth Hall and houses in the town. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian...

ART02316

Australian motor repair shop, Morbecque

Depicts the interior of an Australian motor repair workshop, with mechanics working on engines, at Morbecque, near Picarde in northern France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May...

ART02320

Hill 60

Depicts a landscape, with Hill 60 in the background, and the entrance to the Australian Brigade Headquarters in the foreground. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

ART02329

Aid post near Doyle's Post

Depicts a soldier walking along a snow covered road, towards the damaged remains of a post, with a gate and road sign nearby. The image was created by Dyson on the 'morning of second Messines offensive'. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

ART02330

At the Casualty Clearing Station

Depicts an officer seated at a table, his chin resting on his folded hands. Behind him is room full of wounded soldiers, some lying down, others seated and resting. Dyson noted that this work depicted 'slightly wounded awaiting evacuation at Casualty Clearing Station after opening of Passchendale...

ART02336

Gassed refugees from Armentieres, Hazebrouck

Depicts two French civilians, an elderly man and a young boy. The elderly man wears sabot (clogs) and his eyes are bandaged following a gas attack. He is seated on a bundle, with the young boy standing beside him. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World...

ART02339

'K' column, Mobile workshops, Morbecque

Depicts a number of covered trucks and tents, set up in a square, as the Column's Mobile Workshops, near the town of Morbecque, France. The town's buildings and cathedral can be seen in the background. Dyson noted on this work; '"K" column (1st Anzac). Mobile workshop near Hazebrouck Capt. 'Sis' De...

ART02354

Corp Troops 'K' column, mechanical workshop, Morbecque

Depicts a soldiers seated, working on a machine engine, while another leans up against a piece of machinery and observes the other soldier working in the mecahinical workshop at Morbecque, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling...

ART02366

Walking wounded

Depicts two soldiers seen from behind, the one on the right has his head bandaged beneath his helmet, while the soldier on the left has his uniform tunic over his shoulders, and his right arm over the shoulder of his companion. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during...

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Corps troops supply columns camp near Poperinghe

Depicts a number of tents, with sandbags around the base, in the foreground at Coulmn's Camp near Poperinghe, France and trucks, huts and power poles in the background. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

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Outside the Aid Post at Zonnebeke

Depicts three standing, wounded soldiers outside a regimental aid post in Zonnebeke, Belgium. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement...

ART02384

Gun pit, wet day, Hill 60

Depicts a field gun in a trench, under a temporary shelter, covered with a tarpaulin, in August 1917. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian...

ART02388

The Camp Mascot

Depicts a soldier seated next to a small boy, who is playing with a box. Dyson originally titled this work 'The Camp Mascot. Domesticity near Poperinghe'. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there...

ART02390

Dressing a wounded runner, Hill 60

Depicts several soldiers, either kneeling or standing, around a runner who is having a wound bandaged. The soldiers and the wounded man are inside a tunnel at Hill 60, near Ypres in August 1917. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to...

ART02404

German prisoners at Dickebusch

Depicts the head and shoulders portraits of three German prisoners, one wearing glasses, held at Dickebusch. Now called Dikkebus, Dickebusch is a village and commune in the province of West Flanders, south West of Ypres. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First...

ART02405

Bombardment of Hazebrouck (Inhabitants watching the destruction of their homes)

Depicts a group of French women with bundles of personal possessions beside them , watching the destruction of their town, during the first bombardment of Hazelbrouck. Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

ART02410

Camouflaged gun position, Hill 60

Depicts a camouflaged gun position, with field guns and piles of artillery draped in camouflage netting at Hill 60, near Ypres, in August 1917. In the foreground is a soldier and on the horizon are puffs of smoke and two aeroplanes. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front...

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Dr Doyle, 8th Battalion, making out honours recommendations in the Swan area, Ypres

Depicts a portrait of Dr. Doyle, seated on a duffle bag or pack, writing names down on a note pad. Dyson noted that this work was of 'Doctor Doyle of the 8th Battalion making out recommendations for honours in the Swan area near Ypres, after a show at Passchendaele'. Will Dyson was the first...

ART09923

Ypres from the road near Zillebeek

Depicts a war damaged landscape with smashed trees and ruined buildings on the horizon, near Ypres. Dyson wrote that the scene was of 'Ypres from the road near Zillebeek'. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December...

ART09925

Captain Bean typing despatches after a hard day at Polygon Wood

Depicts a profile portrait of the head of Charles Bean, official war correspondent, wearing glasses. Australian-born, though raised in Britain, Charles Bean returned to Australia in 1904. He became a newspaper writer and in 1909 he was sent to western New South Wales to write about the wool...

ART09931

Verdun and God in the war machine

Depicts a thousand small German soldiers marching in the foreground, while above them rises the giant figure of a German officer. He shovels the soldiers into the barrel of gun, which is already gorged with the bodies of soldiers. Perched on the German officer's helmet is a vulture. This caricature...

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Woman praying at a Shrine

Depicts a young French woman, wearing a waist coat and clogs (sabots) in the foreground kneeling before a shrine, with her head upturned and praying. At the top of the shrine is a small crucifix, a common sight in France during the First World War. Behind her are other women, carrying bundles and...

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Fatalist

Depicts two soldiers, one ducking and crouching to the ground in the wake of a shell burst behind him, while the other remains upright and walking. Both men are carrying full kits and wear expressions of horror and fear. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First...

ART02224

Bathing in a shell-hole

Depicts two men bathing naked in a shell hole filled with water near Murder Valley on the Western Front, while another three men stand and dress or are seated on the edge of the shell hole. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to...

ART02302

Eternal waiting

Depicts three soldiers, two sitting on ground, all wearing great coats and waterproof capes and carrying full kit. This drawing was originally intended by Dyson as a battalion Christmas card, and he wrote that it was 'representing some of the boys thinking of Australian summer, in the mud of this...

ART02303

The Wild Colonial Boy

Depicts the body of an unidentified soldier, lying supine on the ground in a war damaged landscape, while shell bursts can be seen in the background. In Dyson's large collection of war works, this is the only one to feature an image of a dead Australian soldier. He captioned this work with a longer...

ART02305

Isn't there any flamin, droughts in this country

Depicts a humorous caricature of soldier tramping through mud on the Western Front and dripping with rainwater. Dyson drew this sketch in France and gave it to J. C. Dunningham. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in...

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Captain Wilkins operating a cinema machine, Hindenburg LIne

Depicts a portrait of Captain Wilkins, viewed from behind, standing in a war damaged landscape behind a cinema camera, near the Hindenberg Line in France. Dyson sketched the portrait of Wilkins from a shell hole in early morning of the day of the last Australian attack on the Hindenberg Line. Will...

ART09914

The damaged plane, CCS at Vaux [Horses and ruined buildings] (verso)

In 1916 artist Will Dyson travelled to the Western Front to capture the experience of Australian soldiers first hand. Here he records a BE2 aircraft stationed at a casualty clearing station (CCS) in France. During the later stages of the war these aircraft were used in reconnaissance and artillery...

ART02279

The old tank at Flers

A war damaged British Mark 1 male tank, with rear external steering mechanism and sponsors on the side, at Flers, on the Western Front. The tank is resting in a war damaged landscape with a number of broken trees on the horizon. Tanks were being used for the first time in Sept 1916 along the front...

ART02249

Deserted horse lines near Pommier Redoubt

Depicts a deserted wooden building draped with cloths, next to a Nissan hut in a war damaged landscape on the Western Front. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

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Pozieres, 1916

Depicts the war damaged landscape at Pozieres, France, in 1916, with the ruins of a building in the background. Dyson drew this work of the Pozieres battlefield towards Christmas of 1916, showing the schoolhouse. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World...

ART09911

The Last bit of the German trench on the Somme

Depicts a German trench with the remains of debris, shells and duckboards on the Somme. Dyson wrote that this scene was of 'the last bit of the German trench on the Somme, drawn immediately after the Germans were driven from it on the day of the capture of Bapaume'. Will Dyson was the first...

ART09921

Deserted horse lines near Pommier Redoubt

Depicts a deserted wooden building draped with cloths, next to a Nissan hut in a war damaged landscape on the Western Front. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

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Road near Ribemont

Depicts several soldiers walking along a road near Ribemont, in the French countryside, with hills in the background during the Summer of 1918. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May...

ART09907

Near Bresle, or Buire

Depicts a landscape, with the badly damaged buildings of the village of Bresle or Buire, in France. The front line of Bresle or Buire, April 1918, with the German line beyond the copse. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in...

ART09917

The village, I think, is Ribemont

Depicts a scene of the village of Ribemont with a view of the village showing damage to buildings, and a notice in the foreground warning of the presence of gas in the village. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in...

ART09927

Domestic scene in the Somme

Depicts a number of soldiers seated, resting, reading or drinking near two tents in the French countryside, near the Somme. The soldiers are probably members of a salvage company operating on the deserted Pozieres field. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First...

ART09908

Summer day near Ville-sur-Ancre

Depicts two Australian soldiers resting and dozing against the wheel of a cart. On top of the cart is an empty wine barrel. The soldiers are seated on the edge of a trench in a war damaged landscape. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

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Back at Buire

Depicts two Australian soldiers , one wearing a heavy long coat and smoking a pipe, the other in uniform with his hands in his pocket, standing near a doorway. A young French woman, wearing a scarf, clogs and carrying baskets, walks past them and they glance towards her. Buire- Courcelles is a...

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Blown out water point, Pozieres

Depicts a damaged water point, with a water tank and scaffolding, in the landscape at Pozieres, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian...

ART02351

Grooms Quarters, Wolfe Huts, near Pozieres

Depicts a row of tents and stables, with a soldier standing near by, the Wolfe Huts, near Pozieres, France. The 1st Anzac Corps H.Q. were stationed here in April- May 1917. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December...

ART02341

Gun Avenue, near Martinpuich, after the German retreat

Depicts a lone soldier walking along a roadway, a gun avenue, through a war damaged landscape, after the German retreat. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of...

ART02331

2nd Australian Division's memorial at the Windmill, Pozieres

Depicts the 2nd Australian Division's memorial, a cross mounted on a pyramid of stones, at the location of the Windmill in Pozieres, France. Behind the memorial is a landscape with hills and a cloud filled sky. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World...

ART02311

Captain George H Wilkins, Henencourt

Depicts a full length portrait of Captain George Wilkins, reclining near a doorway, wearing long boots. Born in South Australia in 1888, Sir George Hubert Wilkins (1888-1958) studied engineering at the Adelaide School of Mines. He soon became interested in photography and cinemagraphics. In 1908 he...

ART09930

Sunset near Ligny Thilloy

Depicts a war damaged landscape, denuded of trees at sunset. A road way, leading to Ligny Thilloy, winds through the landscape to the right of the scene. The landscape is that immediately after the fall of Bapaume. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World...

ART09909

Compensation (back at the waggon lines)

Depicts a young Australian soldier with his horse talking to young French woman near waggon lines. In the background are other horses and waggons. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the first World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

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Reinforcements, between Igaree Corner and Lagnicourt

Depicts two soldiers of the 2nd Australian Divisions in full kit going along a communication trench near Igaree Corner, France. The soldiers are on the left: Captain C J Fletcher, possibly of Postal Corps, and on the right : Daryl Lindsay. The place on the Western Front, Igaree, comes from the...

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Abandoned trench, the Somme

Depicts an abondoned trench on the Somme. The trench is in the foreground, with smashed trees on the edge and there are Nissan huts and tents in the background. The portion of the trench depicted is probably O Q 2. Huts of an Engineering section are visible in the background. Will Dyson was the...

ART09912

Traffic control post to right of Pozieres

Depicts an Australian soldier directing two Scottish soldiers in a snow covered landscape at the traffic control post near Pozieres, Western Front. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

ART02267

Summer day near Ville-sur-Ancre

Depicts two Australian soldiers resting and dozing against the wheel of a cart. On top of the cart is an empty wine barrel. The soldiers are seated on the edge of a trench in a war damaged landscape. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the first World War,...

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The Line at Caterpillar, Ville-Sur-Ancre

Depicts a group of men standing or seated in a war damaged landscape, near boxes of supplies at Ville -sur- Ancre. Dyson noted of this work that it depicted '...the Caterpillar, near Ville-sur-Ancre, the day after the passing through that village, while this drawing was being made Captain Wilkins...

ART09915

Wecome back to the Somme

Depicts a group of marching troops in the Somme district. Beside them, on the side of the road, are a group of women and children welcoming Australian troops as they returned to the Somme area to counter the German attacks on March 1918. It has been noted that 'probably in no other year have...

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Summer day near Ville-sur-Ancre

Depicts two Australian soldiers resting and dozing against the wheel of a cart. On top of the cart is an empty wine barrel. The soldiers are seated on the edge of a trench in a war damaged landscape. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

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Summer day near Ville-sur-Ancre

Depicts two Australian soldiers resting and dozing against the wheel of a cart. On top of the cart is an empty wine barrel. The soldiers are seated on the edge of a trench in a war damaged landscape. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

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Main Street in Bapaume, the day after the town was occupied by the Australians

Depicts a scene of the badly damaged ruins of buildings in the main street of Bapaume, with a number of French people and a cart near by. An Australian soldier in uniform, carrying a pack on his back, walks by in the foreground. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during...

ART02379

Traffic control near Baizieux

Depicts an Australian soldier mounted on a horse standing in a road way, in front of another soldier, who wears a long coat. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

ART02369

D Mess, 1st Anzac Corps Headquarters at Henencourt

Depicts a number of Australian officers seated at the 1st Anzac Corps Headquarters planning and discussing the 2nd Battle of Bullecourt. During this battle, the 1st Anzac Corps would assault their old objectives in the Hindenburg Line near Bullecourt. The staff were always situated a bit behind the...

ART02359

15th Brigade rest billets near Cardonette

Depicts the billets of the 15th Brigade at Cardonette, France, showing several old buildings, a young French woman in the foreground wearing a scarf and sabots (clogs), and a soldier leaning against a wooden pole. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World...

ART02349

Searching for German booby traps near Ligny-Thilloy

Depicts two Australian soldiers, in uniform, wearing tin helmets, walking through a stretch of German trenches on the Somme, warily inspecting their surroundings for booby traps. One soldier holds a torch and is inspecting a hole in the trench, while the other nervously keeps guard. Will Dyson was...

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4th Battalion memorial, Pozieres

Depicts a cross- shaped memorial to the 4th Battalion, surrounded by a low fence in a barren landscape. Near the memorial are the remnants of war damages trees. The memorial was at Pozieres, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

ART02309

A Nissen hut camp on the Somme

Depicts a camp site on the Somme in 1917, consisting of a number of Nissen huts, piles of supplies, a rubbish dump and men working on a power pole. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

ART02367

German prisoners at the Corps Cage, Bazentin

Depicts a group of German soldiers in a temporary holding 'cage' at Bazentin, France, before being sent to permanent prisoner of war camp.The soldiers all have forlorn expressions on their faces. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling...

ART02363

Resting near Querrieu

Depicts a landscape, with a large tree in the foreground, and men setting up tents in the background, near Querrieu, France, during the summer of 1917. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there...

ART02353

Deserted, Cocoa Avenue, Delville Wood

Depicts a deserted roadway, surrounded by the debris of broken fences, war damaged buildings and damaged trees at Delville Wood. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

ART02333

Patrolling in no-man's-land on the Somme

Depicts two unidentified soldiers walking through the mist in the war damaged landscape of No-Man's-Land, the Somme in France. The soldier in the rear has his rifle over his shoulder. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in...

ART02313

Ribemont sugar refinery

Depicts a soldier in the foreground, carrying a sheet of corrugated iron above his head. In the background are badly damaged buildings, including a large column. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

ART02375

From an Australian Battalion Headquarters in Marrett Wood

Depicts a view of a landscape, with a winding road, trees, piles of debris and a seated and standing soldier from the Australian Battalion's Headquarters in Marriot Wood, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in...

ART02365

Evening concert in the salvage camp, Bazentin

Depicts a number of men standing beside a wooden hut and a tent, listening to a few men playing musical instruments at Bazentin. The 'evening concert' took place at the Salvage Camp, Bazentin. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to...

ART02355

Early morning on the Bazentin Road

Depicts a road winding through a war damaged landscape in France, with smashed trees along the edge. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian...

ART02345

Shelled steamroller near Fricourt

Depicts a damaged steamroller, leaning on its side, in a snow covered landscape. The steamroller was observed by Dyson near Fricourt. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917,...

ART02335

Starlight Steve interrupts a friendly game

Depicts a group of officers in uniform playing cards in the billet at Albert on the Western Front. They are about to be interrupted by 'Starlight Steve', a notorious German nocturnal raider. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to...

ART02315

The Runner, dug out near Ligny Thilloy

Depicts three soldiers in a dug out. One stands and holds a candle, while the other, seated, writes a message on a piece of paper. Behind him, another soldier talks on the telephone. The 'runner ' (seated soldier) is awaiting a despatch in a captured dug out at Ligny Thilloy on the second day of...

ART02395

German Officer and lady with menu card

Depicts a caricature of a German officer in his dress uniform, wearing a sash and leather boots standing behind a plump and buxom woman, who looks affectionately up towards him, while holding menu card and glasses. The caricature was drawn while Dyson was with the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance at...

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Near Cosy Corner

Depicts a soldier chopping firewood near a camp, with tents, washing on the line near the tent and snow in the background. 'Cosy Corner' was a traffic control point on the Somme, leading to access to Trones Wood. Dyson's title for the work was originally 'From Dugout. Cosy Corner. Somme. January...

ART02394

The cookers near Villers-Bretonneux

Depicts a field kitchen near Villers Bretonneux, Western Front, with cooks standing around a field kitchen preparing meal. Horse drawn wagons are passing by to the right of the kitchen, while a queue of soldiers appears on the left. This lithograph reflects Dyson's admiration for the 'support units...

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The Deserted Somme, evening, near Bazentin

Depicts a deserted Somme landscape, with wide fields, a road in the foreground, and a small bush on the right. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the...

ART02360

Linesmen at work, La Houssoye

Depicts two linesmen up a telegraph pole, repairing or winding wires near La Houssoys, on the Somme in April 1918. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the...

ART02408

Towards Lagnicourt

Depicts a soldier seated in a trench, wearing a steel helmet, while explosions can be seen on the horizon. Dyson noted that this scene was of 'communication trench in the neighbourhood of Lagnicourt'. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

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Caterpillar Gully, Mametz Road, Somme

Depicts a war damaged landscape with a roadway winding through it. Dyson wrote that this scene depicted, 'Caterpillar Gully, Mametz Road, Somme, 1917'. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there...

ART09932

The grooms, Happy Valley, Franvillers

Depicts three soldiers, groomsmen, wearing uniform and mounted on large horses, at Franvilliers, in the Somme. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the...

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Welcome back to the Somme

Depicts a group of marching troops in the Somme district. Beside them, on the side of the road, are a group of women and children welcoming Australian troops as they returned to the Somme area to counter the German attacks on March 1918. It has been noted that 'probably in no other year have...

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Switch trench, the Somme

Depicts a soldier standing in a trench on duckboards, in the Somme, with a war damaged landscape in the background. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the...

ART09929

The Old Flers Road

Depicts the war damaged landscape and snow covered roadway of the old Flers Road, near the Somme, France, with an upturned wagon, damaged tools and snow barricades. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

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Preparing the Brazier

Depicts two soldiers, each wearing heavy long coats and hats, in front of a tent. One is standing and gazing into a small fire burning in a brazier, while the other is seated, warming his hands in front of the same fire in the brazier. It is winter on the Somme, December 1916. Will Dyson was the...

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3rd Machine Gun Battalion headquarters, Ribemont

Depicts a landscape, with a large tree and fields, with the small figures of men and horses in the foreground. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the...

ART02357

Medium mobile ordnance workshop on the Cambrai Road

Depicts a team of men lifting and maneuvering part of a field gun into place at a mobile ordnance workshop on the Cambrai Road, near Bullecourt, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there...

ART02347

Australian Gun Hospital on the Bapaume-Cambrai Road

Depicts a number of soldiers working on repairing and cleaning field guns at the St. Stamps Gun Hospital in Cambrai, on the Bapaume Road, in August 1917. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there...

ART02337

Back with the 'Heads', Querrieu

Depicts a Nissan hut and other buildings beside a road, in a French landscape. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement in the war. He...

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Refugees after German offensive

Depicts a French man and women viewed from the rear, carrying their belongings, with their cow walking behind them. The man and woman are refugees, driven from their homes by the German offensive on the Somme. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

ART02317

Looking towards Albert from 2nd Machine Gun Battalion's billets, Baizieux

Depicts a view of a landscape of undulating hills observed from inside the 2nd Machine Gun Battalion's billet in Baizieux, near Picardie and the Somme in France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

ART02307

Along the Bapaume Road

Depicts a convoy of covered trucks, carrying soldiers, moving along the Bapaume Road, France. A number of soldiers, carrying accessories and packs are walking along following the trucks. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France...

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Company awaiting relief, the Caterpillar, near Ville-sur-Ancre

Depicts a number of soldiers in uniform, wearing helmets, resting on the road side awaiting relief. The 'caterpillar' in the title refers to the name of a sunken road south of Ville. Dyson inspected Ville-sur-Ancre with his friend Wilkins, which the A.I.F. captured on 19 May 1917. The drawing for...

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Runners' relay post near Albert

Depicts a road going through a war damaged landscape, with two soldiers seated on the left of the road. War damaged trees and power lines can be seen in the background. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

ART02386

German prisoners on road construction work

Depicts the figures of three German prisoners of war, wearing heavy boots, working on road making on the Somme in December 1916. One holds a broom in his hand while the other carries a spade. They stand in front of a wrecked building, appearing in the background of the scene. Will Dyson was the...

ART02412

Going over the old ground with B..., Pozieres

Depicts three men standing in a war damaged hillock in battlefield on the Western Front. The three men are, from right to left, a soldier in uniform with full kit, wearing a tin helmet, C.E.W. Bean, wearing a slouch hat and holding a pipe in his outstretched left arm and an officer wearing a cap....

ART02225

Abandoned gun pit outside Flers

Depicts an abandoned gun pit with sandbags, barbed wire and a wooden infrastructure, outside Flers about January 1917. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of...

ART09920

Fletch and Dan coming back to Igri Corner from Lagincourt

Depicts two soldiers of 2nd Australian Division in full kit going along a communication trench near Igri Corner, France. Drawn near the front line at Bullecourt. 'Fletch' was possibly the head of the Postal Service, Capt C J Fletcher; 'Dan' - Daryl Lindsay; 'Igri' is an Arabic word for 'hurry-up'....

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Compensation (back at the waggon lines)

Depicts a young Australian soldier with his horse talking to young French woman near waggon lines. In the background are other horses and waggons. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the first World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

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One of the Old Platoon

An Australian soldier in full uniform, with a large pack on his back, standing in a war damaged landscape. He is bending over to pay tribute at the grave of a dead Australian soldier in Pozieres. The grave is marked by a wooden cross and the helmet of the dead soldier is hung on the top of the...

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Gathering fuel, Delville Wood

Depicts a soldier, wearing a tin helmet, gathering and carrying firewood from the broken and war damaged remains of Delville Wood during the winter, December 1916. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

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Mending the wires at Wolff huts, Pozieres

Depicts several Australian soldiers mending communication wires and power poles in a war damaged landscape in Pozieres. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of...

ART02260

Front line in railway cutting, Albert

Depicts the frontline with trenches, debris, concrete dugouts and damaged power lines above, at Albert, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the...

ART09924

Summer day near Ville-sur-Ancre

Depicts two Australian soldiers resting and dozing against the wheel of a cart. On top of the cart is an empty wine barrel. The soldiers are seated on the edge of a trench in a war damaged landscape. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

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Summer day near Ville-sur-Ancre

Depicts two Australian soldiers resting and dozing against the wheel of a cart. On top of the cart is an empty wine barrel. The soldiers are seated on the edge of a trench in a war damaged landscape. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

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Old Left Brigade Headquarters near Flers

Depicts a image of a shelter, the old Left Brigade Headquarters, near Flers, France, covered in sandbags, with piles of debris, duckboards and power lines near by. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

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Repairing the carriage of an anti aircraft gun

Depicts a number of men standing on the back of a truck, working on repairing an anti aircraft gun motor carriage. Beneath the truck is a figure of a man and additional men can be seen out the front of the workshop, near a field gun. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front...

ART02368

Civilian cemetery on the Somme battlefield

Depicts a war damaged and smashed tree and a number of broken tombstones in the civilian cemetery on the Somme battlefield, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

ART02358

Ville-sur-Ancre

Depicts a landscape view of the region of Ville-sur-Ancre, with Dyson noting that the image shows 'the day after taking- from a hopping off point'. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

ART02348

Derelict (one of the original tanks blown out near Thiepval)

Depicts an armoured vehicle, a wrecked British Mark 1 tank, in a war damaged landscape, with its rear wheels being stripped for salvaged metal. Dyson noted that this work depicted 'One of the first tanks blown out on the first day, near Ovillers. Salvage at Flers where Corps School was situated a...

ART02338

Watching a German barrage on Villers-Bretonneux, from the brick stack, Bray Road

Depicts a soldier, wearing a tin helmet, sitting in a trench, watching the German barrage on the horizon. He is seated near a brick stack. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917,...

ART02328

In Bapaume the day after its occupation

Depicts two soldiers, wearing waterproof capes and tin helmets, apprehensively walking through wreckage of the town of Bapaume in March 1917. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May...

ART02318

Sugar refinery, Pozieres

Depicts the damaged remains and wreckage of sugarbeet processing and refining plant at Pozieres, on the Western Front in France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

ART02308

Albert Cathedral

Depicts a view of the town of Albert, early in 1917, with the badly damaged Albert cathedral in the foreground and rows of covered trucks stationed in front of the ruin. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

ART02352

Near Henencourt

Depicts a landscape with trees and people on a road, near Henencourt, France in 1918. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement in the...

ART02342

The end of the Somme Offensive

Depicts a roadway filed with the heavy guns going out of action along the Pozieres Road, in France, after the end of the Somme offensive. In the foreground is a war damaged landscape, with areas of duckboards. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

ART02332

Traffic Control

Depicts a standing figure of a soldier wearing a greatcoat and boots, holding a kerosene lantern. He stands in a roadway. Dyson titled this work 'Traffic Control Somme 1917'. Behind him is another soldier, seated in a sentry box. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during...

ART02398

Preparing the Brazier

Depicts two soldiers, each wearing heavy long coats and hats, in front of a tent. One is standing and gazing into a small fire burning in a brazier, while the other is seated, warming his hands in front of the same fire in the brazier. It is winter on the Somme, December 1916. Will Dyson was the...

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Church at Grevillers

Depicts the remains of a very badly war damaged church, attacked by the Germans, near Grevillers, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian...

ART02382

Reinforcements, between Igaree Corner and Lagnicourt

Two soldiers of the 2nd Australian Divisions in full kit going along a communication trench near Igaree Corner, France. The soldiers are on the left, Captain C J Fletcher, possibly of Postal Corps, and on the right, Daryl Lindsay. The place on the Western Front, Igaree, comes from the Arabic 'igri'...

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Compensation (back at the waggon lines)

Depicts a young Australian soldier with his horse talking to young French woman near waggon lines. In the background are other horses and waggons. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

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In the Switch Trench near Flers

Depicts an image of part of a switch trench, with duckboards and sandbags, and a soldier wearing a tin helmet in the foreground, near Flers, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

ART02361

The waggon-loading post, Vaux

Depicts two Australian soldiers in uniform, near Vaux , in Belgium; one of the soldiers is a stretcher bearer, with two General Service wagons, converted to horse drawn ambulances beside the road. The stretcher bearer carries a rolled stretcher and wears a gas mask and respirator on his chest; the...

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Evening, Crucifix Corner near Flers

Depicts a badly war damaged landscape in the evening, with debris in the foreground and smashed trees in the background. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of...

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The Windmill near Baizieux

Depicts an old windmill, with a few small shrubs beside it, in a barren landscape, near Baizieux, France in May 1918. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of...

ART02372

Welcome back to the Somme

Depicts a group of marching troops in the Somme district. Beside them, on the side of the road, are a group of women and children welcoming Australian troops as they returned to the Somme area to counter the German attacks on March 1918. It has been noted that 'probably in no other year have...

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Corps Headquarters grooms' mess in Chateau Heilly

Depicts a number of soldiers and officers seated, resting and talking at the grooms' and other ranks' mess in the Chateau at Heilly, France, the Headquarters of 1 Anzac Corps. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December...

ART02409

Back at Mouquet Farm

Depicts two unidentified infantrymen, of the 4th Australian division, possibly part of a Vickers machine gun squad, near Mouquet Farm. The man in front is holding a water cooling can for a Vickers Mark 1 machine gun, and carrying part of disassembled gun on his back. Both men are standing in a...

ART02248

Interrogation of a prisoner

English officer JJW Herbertson is shown interviewing a German soldier in the officer's living quarters at Montauban, north of the Somme. The German soldier is seated on a wooden crate, while the officer sits on his bed, with a note book on his knee. JJW Herbertson was a friend of CEW Bean and after...

ART02228

Work done, Bazentin

Depicts a soldier at rest, wearing his uniform, seated on a chair, covered with a coat, reading a book, in front of a small heater. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

ART02218

Vaulx Wood waggon post

Depicts four stretcher bearers carrying wounded soldier towards an ambulance, near Vaulx- Vraucourt wood in north western France. The stretcher bearers on the left are wearing leather leggings, so are probably the drivers from the vehicle. The soldiers are likely to have been involved in the German...

ART02208

Going up to the line near Vaux

Depicts war damaged landscape near Vaux, the Somme with a line of soldiers with full kit walking into the distance. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the...

ART02272

Sentry on duty at Brigade Headquarters, Fricourt

Depicts the figure of a soldier in uniform, wearing a tin helmet, and holding a rifle with a bayonet attached, standing on sentry duty in a war damaged landscape at Fricourt, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in...

ART02407

Pommiers Redoubt

Depicts two unidentified soldiers of the 5th Division, 14th Brigade getting a hot meal. One is wearing a scarf around his head, the other a cape, and both are wearing gum boots. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in...

ART02212

Traffic block, early morning near Cosy Corner on the Somme

Depicts a row of mule drawn wagons, riders and soldiers stopped in the snow at 'Cosy Corner' on the Somme, France. 'Cosy Corner' was a traffic police control point leading to access to Trones Wood. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling...

ART02393

Nightfall near Delville Wood

Depicts a scene of a war damaged, empty landscape, with a smashed tree and an electricity power pole, evening, near Delville Wood, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917,...

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Welcome back to the Somme

Depicts a group of marching troops in the Somme district. Beside them, on the side of the road, are a group of women and children welcoming Australian troops as they returned to the Somme area to counter the German attacks on March 1918. It has been noted that 'probably in no other year have...

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Welcome back to the Somme

Depicts a group of marching troops in the Somme district. Beside them, on the side of the road, are a group of women and children welcoming Australian troops as they returned to the Somme area to counter the German attacks on March 1918. It has been noted that probably in no other year have...

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Mud lane, Gueudecourt

Depicts a mud laneway leading round Gueudecourt, after the German retreat of 1917, with a war damaged landscape with smashed trees. In the background are a Nissen hut and pieces of sheet metal. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to...

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Welcome back to the Somme

Depicts a group of marching troops in the Somme district. Beside them, on the side of the road, are a group of women and children welcoming Australian troops as they returned to the Somme area to counter the German attacks on March 1918. It has been noted that probably in no other year have...

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Back at Buire

Depicts two Australian soldiers, one wearing a heavy long coat and smoking a pipe, the other in uniform with his hands in his pocket, standing near a doorway. A young French woman, wearing a scarf, clogs and carrying baskets, walks past them and they glance towards her. Buire- Courcelles is a...

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Australian aid post outside Vaux

Depicts a view of the interior of an Australian Regimental aid Post, outside Vaux, near Bullecourt, with an officer and two orderlies inside. In the foreground is a table with piles of dressings and bowls. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

ART02356

Australian Horse Lines near Bapaume

Depicts a number of horses tethered under a temporary sheltar, with a soldier and cart nearby. The image is of the Australian horse lines near Bapaume. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there...

ART02346

Gibralter (A German strong post at Pozieres)

Depicts a war grave and ruins of a German strong point known as ''Gibralter", finally taken by Australians on the Western Front in 1918. Dyson was on the Pozieres battlefields in April 1917 and August 1918. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

ART02306

Shopping in Albert

Depicts two soldiers, one in a great coat and hat, the other in uniform, boots and a tin helmet, standing near a window in a building where a French woman sells 'various articles' (French sign on the window shutter). Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First...

ART02396

1st Anzac Corps salvage camp on the Somme

Depicts a number of men sheltering under tents, seated around a table, with pieces of machinery beside the tents and a washing line with clothes on it. In the background is a war damaged landscape, with Nissen huts and power poles, on the Somme. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit...

ART02383

Chateau ramparts, Heilly

Depicts a number of soldiers at the base of the ramparts for the chateau at Heilly in April 1918. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian...

ART02400

A night march past Querrieu

Depicts a large number of troops marching along a roadway, as part of a march past, at night, under moonlight near Querrieu, France in April 1917. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

ART02413

Overhead cover in a deserted trench, the Somme

Depicts the overhead cover, with piles of sandbags on top, of a trench on the Somme in 1917. In the foreground are used shells and debris. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917,...

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Guns in position in a valley probably near Henencourt

Depicts a number of soldiers standing near a gun position in a war damaged landscape, with explosions and smoke evident on the horizon. The valley depicted in the scene is probably near Henencourt at the time when the Germans were occupying Albert. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to...

ART09919

The cookers near Villers-Bretonneux

Depicts a field kitchen near Villers Bretonneux, Western Front, with cooks standing around a field kitchen preparing meal. Horse drawn wagons are passing by to the right of the kitchen, while a queue of soldiers appears on the left . This lithograph reflects Dyson's admiration for the 'support...

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Coming out on the Somme

This work is from Dyson's early battlefield observations. It shows exhausted Australian troops, draped in waterproof sheets, plodding through the rain and mud as they reach Montauban, a ruined village now containing temporary army huts and supply dumps several kilometres behind the frontline....

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Stretcher bearers near Butte de Warlencourt

Depicts two stretcher bearers in full uniform, wearing tin helmets, carrying a stretcher with a wounded man across a war damaged landscape. This work was reproduced in 'Australia at War: Drawings at the Front' (London, 1918) with the following caption; 'They move with their stretchers like boats on...

ART02266

Back with the Civilians

Depicts a seated soldier, in the foreground, observing a young French woman, who wears a head scarf. Behind them are the war damaged buildings of a French village. Will Dyson made the work in the Somme, 1916. He was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

ART02403

Ordnance workshops, Cambrai Road

Depicts a number of Australian soldiers preparing and working with field guns and ordnance at a workshop near Bapaume. The image shows a view of part of the ordnance workshop, with ruined buildings in background and men working on 4.5 inch quick firing howitzer in foreground. Will Dyson was the...

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Preparing the brazier

Depicts two soldiers, each wearing heavy long coats and hats, in front of a tent. One is standing and gazing into a small fire burning in a brazier, while the other is seated, warming his hands in front of the same fire in the brazier. It is winter on the Somme, December 1916. Will Dyson was the...

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Deserted horse lines near Pommier Redoubt

Depicts a deserted wooden building draped with cloths, next to a Nissan hut in a war damaged landscape on the Western Front. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

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The other virgin of Albert

Depicts a figure of a buxom middle aged woman, wearing high heels and carrying a book under her arm. She winks provocatively to someone behind her. The watercolour was given to Mr J C Dunningham by Will Dyson, who painted it at Baizieux, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit...

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The Old Flers Road

Depicts the war damaged landscape and snow covered roadway of the old Flers Road, near the Somme, France, with an upturned wagon, damaged tools and snow barricades. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

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Compensation (back at the waggon lines)

Depicts a young Australian soldier with his horse talking to young French woman near waggon lines. In the background are other horses and waggons. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

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Bringing up the rations near Suzanne

Depicts a cart with rations and supplies on it being pulled by two horses. One soldier is seated on the horse, while one sits on the cart. They are moving through a war damaged landscape. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France...

ART02350

The peasant who refused to leave Barleux

Depicts an elderly French peasant woman, wearing a scarf and apron, digging and working on farm. In the background is an 8 inch Breech Loading Howitzer Mark IV field gun and behind this, the silhouette of a village and its buildings. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front...

ART02340

Collecting props for Bullecourt

Depicts a covered wagon on a roadway collecting 'props', such as poles and bits of wood, in a war damaged landscape. In the background are two Nissan huts. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining...

ART02310

Slightly gassed cases at the 3rd Field Ambulance, Avesnes Bapaume

Depicts gassed soldiers lying resting on rows of portable beds, under canvas tents at the 3rd Field Ambulance hospital at Avesnes-Bapaume, France. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until...

ART02325

One of the old platoon

Depicts an Australian soldier in full uniform, with a large pack on his back, standing in a war damaged landscape bending over to pay tribute at the grave of a dead Australian soldier in Pozieres. The grave is marked by a wooden cross with the dead soldiers helmet hung on the top of the cross. Will...

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Moquet Farm, Pozieres

Depicts war damaged landscape at Moquet Farm, near Pozieres, France, with debris and smashed tree in the foreground and entrance to German reinforced dugout in background. The scene was drawn by Dyson at the time when the fighting had moved beyond Bapaume and made while showing John Masefield over...

ART09910

The cookers near Villers-Bretonneux

Depicts a field kitchen near Villers Bretonneux, Western Front, with cooks standing around a field kitchen preparing meal. Horse drawn wagons are passing by to the right of the kitchen, while a queue of soldiers appears on the left. This lithograph reflects Dyson's admiration for the 'support units...

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Australian main dressing station, Bapaume

Depicts Australian soldiers walking along a road or seated on the edge of the road, near an encampment, with tents and trucks. The encampment is the main dressing station near Bapaume, France in 1917. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

ART02322

[Company awaiting relief]

Depicts the 2nd Division, 22nd Battalion, a group of soldiers, most standing, one sitting on rock near Ville-sur-Ancre. The company of soldiers, wearing helmets and carrying packs, await relief. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to...

ART19603

Wintery day on the Somme

Depicts a soldier in uniform, wearing a great coat, standing at the entrance of a dugout, with a kerosene lamp hanging near the door, looking out onto a snowy winter landscape on the Somme in December 1916. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War,...

ART02411

Albert

Depicts an image of the French village of Albert in December 1916. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement in the war. He was...

ART02401

Sunset from Wolfe Huts

Depicts a sunset over a barren landscape at the Somme, France, from Wolfe Huts, in 1917. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making records of the Australian involvement in...

ART02373

Writing to catch the home mail

Depicts two soldiers from the 4th Australian Division sitting near billets writing letters in the Somme during winter 1917. One is wearing a greatcoat and scarf. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

ART02397

The Cornetist at the 3rd Field Ambulance, Avesnes- Bapaume

Depicts a soldier, a member of the Australian 3rd Field Ambulance, leaning up against a tree, playing a musical instrument, a Cornet, in a war damaged landscape. Two of his fellow soldiers lie on the grass in front of him. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the...

ART02374

1st Anzac Corps Head Quarters, Pozieres

Depicts the Nissan huts and tents in a valley, surrounded by hills, of the 1st Anzac Coprs Head Quarters at Pozieres in France during the summer of 1917. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there...

ART02364

2nd Machine Gun Battalion, Shoemaker's shop, Happy Valley, Franvillers

Depicts a number of men in a tent and one out the front, seated and repairing shoes. The repairs were undertaken at the Shoemaker's shop, 2nd Machine Gun Battalion, Happy Valley, near Franvillers in the summer of 1918. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First...

ART02344

After Bullecourt, 32nd Battalion Mess, Bapaume

Depicts men seated, drinking and talking in the Battalion Mess. They are the 32nd Battalion resting near Bapaume, after Bullecourt. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there until May 1917, making...

ART02334

Evening with the 3rd Field Ambulance, Bapaume

Depicts soldiers sitting around two tents in a landscape, with a summer evening sky above.The soldiers are members of the 3rd Field Ambulance at Bapaume. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916, remaining there...

ART02324

With the guns at Lavieville

Depicts two soldiers at rest with their ammunition, guns and a donkey at Lavieville, near Amiens, in north-western France. The gun is an 18-pounder and piles of shells rest in right fore- ground of the scene. The donkey has a sling over the saddle, enabling it to carry four shells on each side....

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The Old Flers Road

Depicts the war damaged landscape and snow covered roadway of the old Flers Road, near the Somme, France, with an upturned wagon, damaged tools and snow barricades. Will Dyson was the first Australian artist to visit the front during the First World War, travelling to France in December 1916,...

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Digitised Collection

Diary for Frederick Harold Tubb, 1915-1916

Diary relating to the First World War service of Major Frederick Harold Tubb VC, 7th Battalion. The diary was written by Frederick Tubb between 22 November 1915 and 2 January 1916. In the diary, Tubb recounts sightseeing around London, visiting members of his extended family for Christmas, the...

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Photograph

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A view of the Somme Valley above Corbie. It was while flying low over these trees that von Richthofen was killed in front of the clearing on the right. Lieutenant Will Dyson, the Australian Official Artist is standing in the foreground. On his left is the Chateau occupied as a dressing station in...

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The Australian Official Correspondent, Mr C E W Bean, with Mr John Masefield, Lieutenant Will Dyson, Australian Official Artist, and Mr Alexis Aladin, going over the old battlefield at Pozieres.

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Timeline

Date of birth 1880-09-03
Date of death 1938-01-21