Biography

Birth date: 29 October 1912
Birth place: Australia: South Australia, Adelaide, Magill
Death date: 13 April 2000
Death place: Australia: Victoria, Ballarat
Final rank: Lieutenant
Service number: SX13471 - Second World War, 1939-1945

Geoffrey Mainwaring was born in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1912. He studied at the South Australian School of Arts and Crafts before becoming an art teacher at Thebarton Technical School (1928-36). He joined the 2nd Australian Imperial Force in June 1941 and after five months was transferred to the Engineers and employed as a Sergeant-Instructor, specialising in demolitions. In late 1942, he was sent to New Guinea as an Australian army artist on probation.

While in New Guinea Mainwaring battled with the climate and conditions: he had trouble receiving sufficient art supplies, oil paint would not dry, and there were countless problems sending completed works back to the Military History Section (MHS) headquarters in Melbourne. He returned to Australia for several months before being sent back to New Guinea as an official war artist. In February 1945, Mainwaring wrote to John Treloar, the officer in charge of the MHS:


I have been out on patrols with various platoons, and gained an understanding of the many trials and tribulations of the jungle fighter & For all the mental tensions, and somewhat nerve-wracking experience of the soldier in the depth of the foul and eerie jungle, there is little that is really spectacular, and combat in the jungle is so concealed, that it is difficult to get a picture of clashes with the enemy.

In March 1945, while attached to MHS (6th Division), Mainwaring completed two pictures specifically for inclusion in the 1945 Army Christmas book. By May he was back in Melbourne working on the book, before going on leave.

Mainwaring continued to work on paintings of the 6th Division fighting in the Wewak area of New Guinea. He was again in New Guinea when it seemed that the end of the war was imminent and was able to document the surrender and its aftermath on Bougainville, Nauru and Ocean Island. By May 1946 he was aboard HMAS Shropshire on his way to England to record victory parade scenes.

On 27 May 1947, Mainwaring was discharged from the Army, having served for five and a half years. He was appointed as an artist on a civilian basis until his paintings were completed in March 1948. In 1949 he was appointed Head of the Art School at the Ballarat School of Mines (now the University of Ballarat). He continued to paint commissioned portraits for the Australian War Memorial until the late 1950s. Mainwaring died in Ballarat in April 2000.

Mainwaring was adept at depicting a variety of subjects, from landscapes to portraits, and was very competent using a variety of media, including pencil, oils, and watercolour. He was a confident draftsperson, and completed many sensitively rendered portraits that give an insight into the character of the sitter. The Memorial holds 392 of his works of art, including many portraits, detailed drawings of military technology (tanks, aircraft and weaponry), and pen and wash studies completed in the field.

Rolls and Awards

Collection Items

Photograph

026754

PAPUA, NEW GUINEA. 1942-09. THE PROPOSED DESIGN FOR THE DUST COVER OF THE 1942 CHRISTMAS BOOK PUBLISHED BY THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL- "SOLDIERING ON". THE DESIGN WAS SUBMITTED BY SERGEANT G. R. MAINWARING.

026754

054092

BALASANA, NEW GUINEA, 1943-07-06. SERGEANT G. R. MAINWARING, WAR ARTIST OF MILITARY HISTORY SECTION AT THE 1ST AUSTRALIAN WATER TRANSPORT GROUP (SMALL CRAFT) MAINTENANCE BASE.

054092

057558

SALAMUA, NEW GUINEA. 1943-09-19. SX13471 SERGEANT G. R. MAINWARING, AUSTRALIAN WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION (LEFT) WORKING FROM A POSITION OVERLOOKING THE HARBOUR, WHILE QX44798 WARRANT OFFICER II. H.vJ. JOLLY, AREA COMMANDANTS OFFICE, LOOKS ON.

057558

052092

MELBOURNE, VIC. 1943-05-28. SERGEANT JOHN DOWIE OF MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, WISHES SX13471 SERGEANT GEOFFREY RICHARD MAINWARING OF MAGILL, SA, AN OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST OF THE SECTION, BON VOYAGE AS HE IS ABOUT TO LEAVE FOR AN OPERATIONAL AREA.

052092

062199

PORT MORESBY, PAPUA, NEW GUINEA. 1943-01-18. SX13471 SERGEANT G. R. MAINWARING, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, ATTACHED TO HEADQUARTERS, NEW GUINEA FORCE.

062199

062200

PORT MORESBY, PAPUA, NEW GUINEA. 1943-01-18. SX13471 SERGEANT G. R. MAINWARING, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, ATTACHED TO HEADQUARTERS, NEW GUINEA FORCE.

062200

062201

PORT MORESBY, PAPUA, NEW GUINEA. 1943-01-18. SX13471 SERGEANT G. R. MAINWARING, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, ATTACHED TO HEADQUARTERS, NEW GUINEA FORCE.

062201

062202

PORT MORESBY, PAPUA, NEW GUINEA. 1943-01-18. SX13471 SERGEANT G.R. MAINWARING, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, ATTACHED TO HEADQUARTERS, NEW GUINEA FORCE.

062202

062203

PORT MORESBY, PAPUA, NEW GUINEA. 1943-01-18. SX13471 SERGEANT G. R. MAINWARING, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, ATTACHED TO HEADQUARTERS, NEW GUINEA FORCE, EXECUTING A PAINTING.

062203

062209

PORT MORESBY, PAPUA, NEW GUINEA. 1943-01-18. SX13471 SERGEANT G. R. MAINWARING, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, ATTACHED TO HEADQUARTERS, NEW GUINEA FORCE.

062209

058425

LAE, NEW GUINEA, 1943-10-13. SITTING AROUND A HURRICANE LAMP IN THE DOCK AREA ARE, LEFT TO RIGHT:- SX2663 SERGEANT E.E. SMITH; VX72048 SERGEANT F. MCKECKNIE; SX13471 SERGEANT G.R. MAINWARING, ALL OF THE AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY SECTION.

058425

058983

NEW GUINEA. 1943-10. TX1716 SERGEANT (SGT) F. R. MUSSON (LEFT), CLERK AND SX13471 SGT G. R. MAINWARING, ARTIST OF AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY SUBSECTION, ATTACHED TO HEADQUARTERS, NEW GUINEA FORCE, OUTSIDE THEIR TENT.

058983

053209

MILNE BAY, NEW GUINEA. 1943-06-26. SX13741 SERGEANT MAINWARING, WAR ARTIST (LEFT), Q46341 DRIVER G. A. COWLEY (CENTRE), AND QX45487 SERGEANT K. E. COLLOM IN FRONT OF THE CAMP COMMANDANT'S OFFICE AND Q STORE, 5TH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION.

053209

080945

ATHERTON, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA. 1944-10-04. THE FIRST ARMY, 1ST AUSTRALIAN CORPS, AND THE 3RD DIVISION PHOTOGRAPH FIELD TEAMS COMPRISING PERSONNEL FROM THE MILITARY HISTORY SECTION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- SX2663 LIEUTENANT E.E. SMITH (2); VX13966 LIEUTENANT I.M. HUTCHINSON (3); SX13471...

080945

081288

ATHERTON TABLELAND, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA. 1944-10-04. SX13471 LIEUTENANT G.R. MAINWARING, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, AT WORK IN THE STUDIO.

081288

082103

CAIRNS, QLD. 1944-10-28. LIEUTENANT G. MAINWARING, AUSTRALIAN ARMY ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION (2), WATCHED BY SPECTATORS WHILE WORKING IN A JEEP ON AN OIL PAINTING.

082103

097606

OCEAN ISLAND. 1945-10-01. LIEUTENANT COMMANDER NAOOMI SUZUKI, COMMANDER JAPANESE FORCES ON OCEAN ISLAND, SURRENDERED TO BRIGADIER J.R. STEVENSON, COMMANDER 11 INFANTRY BRIGADE, IN A SURRENDER CEREMONY HELD ABOARD HMAS DIAMANTINA. SHOWN, LIEUTENANT GENERAL MAINWARING, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST AND AMATEUR...

097606

126852

MELBOURNE, VIC. 1946-04-18. LIEUTENANT L. CUFFLEY AND LIEUTENANT G. MAINWARING, MILITARY HISTORY REPRESENTATIVES WITH THE VICTORY MARCH CONTINGENT, BEFORE EMBARKING ON HMAS SHROPSHIRE FOR ENGLAND.

126852

129896

AT SEA. C. 1946-05. LIEUTENANT G. MAINWARING, WAR ARTIST, PAINTING MAJOR JOAN CHRISTIE, AWAS, ON BOARD HMAS SHROPSHIRE ON ITS WAY TO CAPE TOWN ON THE FIRST LEG OF THE VOYAGE TO LONDON.

129896

130209

ENGLAND, LONDON. 1946-06-08. LIEUTENANT MAINWARING, AUSTRALIAN OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, EXECUTING A PAINTING OF THE SALUTING BASE, PRIOR TO THE VICTORY PARADE MARCH PAST. IN THE BACKGROUND IS MISS STELLA BOWEN, WHO WAS ALSO COMMISSIONED TO PAINT THE VICTORY MARCH.

130209

Art

Warrant Officer 2 Ernest Probert

Depicts a portrait of VP7203 Warrant (II) Ernest Kingsley Probert, Army Instructional Corps, an instructor at the Royal Australian Engineers Training Centre, Wagga Wagga, NSW.

ART21175

Head study of a girl

Depicts a portrait of an unidentified member of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS), Melbourne, Victoria.

ART21177

Bin Baker, Sailor

Depicts a portrait of Bin Baker, a sailor who was on 'M.V Gorgon' when it was bombed at Milne Bay by Japanese aircraft, New Guinea.

ART21182

The Docky (Sapper S G Clent)

'The Docky'. Depicts a portrait of QX32072 Sapper S G Clent, 6th Australian Docks Operating Company (POC) Royal Australian Engineers, Morobe, New Guinea.

ART21195

Kitchen boy (Lemek)

Depicts a portrait of Lemec a 16 year old kitchen boy to 1st Australian Water Transport Group (Small Craft), Kwiara, New Guinea.

ART21196

Lance Corporal William Forster

Depicts a portrait of VX5038 Lance Corporal William A Forster, navigator, 1st Australian Water Transport Group (small craft), Middle East, 2/6th Australian Infantry Battalion. He took part in the Buna campaign in charge of an Landing Craft Assault Motorised (LCAM), Kwiawa, New Guinea.

ART21199

A native of Milne Bay

Depicts a portrait of an unidentified native of Milne Bay, New Guinea.

ART21200

Lance Corporal Jack Gavrili

Depicts a portrait of NX268357 Lance Corporal Jack Gavrili, cook, 1st Australian Water Transport Group (small craft), Royal Australian Engineers, Kwiara, New Guinea.

ART21204

The Docky (Staff Sergeant Tasman Carr)

Depicts a portrait of NX89542 Staff Sergeant Tasman A Carr, Royal Australian Engineers, 1st Australian Port Operating Company, Milne Bay, New Guinea.

ART21206

Naval Intelligence Officer (Lieutenant Alexander Steel)

Depicts a portrait of Lieutenant Alexander Garrock Steel, Naval Intelligence, Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RANVR)`, Beachmaster at Morobe, New Guinea.

ART21208

Landing barge, troops and stores

The drawing depicts Australian troops landing at Papua New Guinea in 1942/3. In the foreground, Australian soldiers in uniform mill around barrels of supplies, while further back more Australian soldiers and men from Papua New Guinea unload barrels from two ships anchored in the water. To the right...

ART21216

Sergeant Kenneth Collom

Depicts a portrait of QX45487 Sergeant Kenneth Eric Collom, Headquarters, 5th Division Australian Military Forces, Milne Bay, New Guinea.

ART21219

Tualinbari

Depicts a portrait of Tualinbari, native from Rabual and was the artist house boy at Salamau. Before the war he was a house boy at the Salamau hotel, New Guinea.

ART21221

Beachcomber (Able Seaman Keith Walsh)

Depicts a portrait of ON18875 Able Seaman Keith Walsh, Rending Mines Safe Unit, Royal Australian Navy, with which he served for 16 years, Salamaua, New Guinea.

ART21222

Lieutenant Colonel Guy Barrenger

Depicts a portrait of VX117177 Lieutenant Colonel Guy William Barrenger, Area Commander, Salamaua, New Guinea.

ART21223

Tualinbari (Rabaul native)

Depicts a portrait of Tualinbari, native from Rabual, the artist's batman at Salamaua. A pro-Japanese boy at the time of the Salamaua campaign but now working for the Australians, New Guinea.

ART21225

Lieutenant Ian Harvey

Depicts a portrait of NX8016 Lieutenant Ian Harvey, 2/1st Australian Field Regiment as a bombardier, Middle East. Ist Australian Corps Guard Battalion and later with Australian Army Pay Corps. In Charge, 1 Australian Army Stationary Depot, Atherton, Queensland.

ART21247

Lieutenant Ian Hutchison

Depicts a portrait of VX13966 Lieutenant Ian McLeod Hutchison, Commanding Military History Sub-Section, attached Headquarters, 1 Australian Corps Atherton, Queensland.

ART21248

Sergeant Arnold Robinson

Depicts a portrait of QX9436 Sergeant Arnold Newton Robinson, Military History Section, Atherton, Queensland.

ART21249

Self portrait (Lieutenant Geoffrey Mainwaring)

Depicts a self portrait of Official War Artist; SX13471 Lieutenant Geoffrey Mainwaring, Atherton Queensland.

ART21250

Captain Bernard Graham

Depicts a portrait of VX112274 Captain Bernard Watson Graham, Officer Commanding 82 Australian Dental Unit, Australian Army Dental Corps, Atherton, Queensland.

ART21251

Lieutenant Edward Chilton

Depicts a portrait of VX85107 Lieutenant Edward Isaac Chilton, Officer Commanding 20 Australian Field Bakery Platoon, Australian Army Service Corps, Atherton, Queensland.

ART21252

Sun worshippers, Lake Eacham

Depicts a man and a woman sun baking at Lake Eacham near Atherton in Queensland during the Second World War. Lake Eacham has been developed by the army for amenities of service personnel stationed on Atherton Tablelands. Extensive dressing facilities have been provided and personnel may indulge...

ART21254

Sunday afternoon

At Lake Eacham, Queensland. A diving tower and boating facilities were among the amenities provided at the Lake, which was formerly a popular civilian resort. Civilians mix freely with the troops and an atmosphere of peace and relaxation pervades the scene, which is reminiscent of those at bathing...

ART21257

Captain Eric Carter

Depicts a portrait of NX12286 Captain Eric Joseph Bryce Carter, Camp Commandant, 6th Australian Division, Wondecla, Queensland.

ART21259

Private Mrytle Walker

Depicts a portrait of VF395897 Private Myrtle Walker, Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS), Vehicle Outfit Log Checker, 1 Australian Base Ordnance Depot, Melbourne.

ART21339

AWAS entering a light tank

Depicts a member of the Australian Women's Army Service, 1 Australian Base Ordnance Depot, entering a light tank during the Second World War.

ART21341

Sergeant Frank McKechnie, photographer

Depicts a portrait of VX72048 Sergeant (later Lieutenant) Francis McKechnie, photographer, Military History Section, Royal Australian Engineers, Melbourne.

ART21342

Unloading a Dutch ship

The dangers faced by merchant seamen in the Pacific war are well illustrated in this work by official war artist Geoffrey Mainwaring. A Dutch KPM vessels (possibly the Van Heutz) is unloaded at Gili Gili wharf, while the Chinese steamer Anshun, which was sunk by Japanese cruisers on the night of...

ART21343

Sick and wounded being landed at Morobe from the front lines near Salamaua

Depicts sick and wounded Australian soldiers landed at Morobe from the front lines near Salamaua in New Guinea during the Second World War.

ART21344

Private (Tommy) Atkins, AWAS

A portrait in pencil of Private Atkins, a member of the Australian Women's Army Service. The portrait is from the shoulders up, Private Atkins faces the viewer and is in uniform, Caulfield, Melbourne.

ART21543

AWAS typist

A member of the Australian Women's Army Service who was the typist to the Commanding Officer of the Military Camp at Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne.

ART21544

Private (Tommy) Atkins

Depicts a portrait of Private 'Tommy' Atkins, Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS), wearing protective (tin) helmet; ('Tommy Atkins' is the generic nickname for a British infantry private), Caulfield, Melbourne.

ART21545

Private Betty Bernaldo

Depicts VF395618 Private Betty Bernaldo, Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS), Vehicle Outfit Log checker, No 1 Australian Base Ordnance Depot; canned food transportation case in front (the case is standing on its side and the wire framed can restraint has been swung to the side to enable cans...

ART21552

Lunching on the lawns (AWAS members)

These members of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS), employed at office work at the Maintenance (Tank) Depot, 1 Australian Base Ordnance Depot, receive sustenance allowance and on a sunny days, spend their lunch hour on the lawns opposite the Depot in Sturt Street, South Melbourne. Two...

ART21555

Private Myrtle Walker

Private Myrtle Walker of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) in working dress at 1 Australian Base Ordnance Depot, Sturt Street, South Melbourne, where she checks Vehicle Outfit Log checker, before vehicles are issued to units.

ART21556

Albury Station, January 1943

Depicts a large number of sailors, officers and soldiers on the Albury Railway station platform with their luggage and bags, during the Second World War. This railway station is the scene of great commotion of passengers, mainly from the Forces. It is at this station that trains are changed on the...

ART21560

Private Sybil Gordon

Portrait of NFX131321 Private Sibyl Gordon, VAD, Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS), attached to 54 Camp Hospital, Kapooka, New South Wales.

ART21562

Convalescing (Sergeant John Esposito)

Portrait of Sergeant John Sylvester Esposito, Royal Australian Engineers (RAE), convalescing at 54th Camp Hospital in Kapooka, New South Wales.

ART21563

Sapper Forbes, transport driver

Depicts a portrait of Sapper Forbes, a member of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS), is attached as a driver to an Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Unit, at Royal Australian Engineers Training Centre, Wagga, Wagga, New South Wales.

ART21564

AWAS cleaning truck

Depicts an unidentified AWAS leaning into the engine of a Ford utility truck, possibly a civilian vehicle impressed into military service, during the Second World War, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

ART21566

Private Lorna Ellis, of Voluntary Aid Detachment, Australian Red Cross Society

A portrait in pencil of Private Lorna Ellis, a member of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS), Australian Red Cross Society's Voluntary Aid Detachment program, attached to 54 Camp Hospital, Kapooka, New South Wales. The portrait is from the shoulders up, Private Ellis faces the viewer and is...

ART21569

Private Robert Buchanan, Army photographer

Depicts a portrait of Private Robert J Buchanan, Army photographer, Military History Section, Melbourne.

ART21571

Sergeant William Williams

Depicts a portrait of Sergeant W.H Williams (Billy), formerly editor of "TobrukTruth", a newsheet circulated amongst the garrison. Being a competent stenographer, Sergeant Williams was able to record the news bulletins from the BBC which were a feature of the newsheet. Served in Tobruk during the...

ART21572

Sergeant John Dowie

Depicts a portrait of Sergeant John Dowie, 2 Australian Imperial Force, 2/43 Australian Infantry Battalion, Melbourne.

ART21573

Soldier with rifle

Depicts a study of an unidentified soldier, standing, holding rifle, tunic over shoulder, Melbourne.

ART21574

Corporal Charles Bush

Corporal Charles Bush, a member of the Military History Section, Melbourne.

ART21575

Sergeant John Dowie with turban

Depicts a portrait Sergeant John Dowie wearing turban, a member of the Military History Section, Melbourne.

ART21577

Grizzly (Officer of the Australian Military Forces)

Depicts a portrait of an unidentified officer (or Warrant ), "Grizzly", of the Australian Military Forces, Melbourne.

ART21579

Head study of a man

A head study of an unidentified man, Melbourne.

ART21580

Robin Maclure of Voluntary Aid Detachment of the Australian Red Cross Society

Depicts a portrait of Robin Maclure, a member of the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD), of the Australian Red Cross Society, doing her duty at 54 Camp Hospital, Kapooka, New South Wales.

ART21581

Private George Browning

Depicts a portrait of Private George Browning, an artist of Military History Section, Melbourne.

ART21582

Woman's head

Depicts a portrait of an unidentified woman, Melbourne.

ART21585

Sergeant E Smith

Depicts a portrait of Sergeant E Smith, a member of the Military History Section, Melbourne.

ART21586

Soldier's head

Depicts a portrait of an unidentified soldier, Melbourne.

ART21587

Member of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS)

Depicts a portrait of unidentified member of the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS), Melbourne.

ART21588

Tahor Bin Ali

A Malayan, Tahor Bin Ali, a sailor from Singapore who was rescued from the British ship M.V. Gordon when it was bombed at Milne Bay. He was injured in the raid and brought to Port Moresby by plane, New Guinea.

ART21591

Sergeant J Tait

Depicts a portrait of QX10596 Sergeant J Tait, Official photographer, Military History Section (MHS), (formerly 6th Division Signals despatch rider)also served in the Middle East in 1941-43 and in RAN 1914-18.

ART21595

Private Nancy Paterson

Depicts a portrait of VFX90958 Private Nancy Paterson, Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS) attached to 2/2nd Australian General Hospital. Drawing was done while Private Paterson was off duty, as her hair is loose - it would be confined and worn 'off the collar' while on duty, Rocky...

ART21596

Private Edna Goon

Depicts a portrait of Private Edna Goon, Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AMWS) attached to 2/6th Australian General Hospital, Rocky Creek, Queensland.

ART21597

Lieutenant Darrell Kinna

Depicts a portrait of VX102393 Lieutenant Darrell Kinna, cinematographer, Military History Section, Atherton, Queensland.

ART21598

Lieutenant Gwendoline White

Depicts a portrait of Lieutenant Gwendoline A White, Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS), Supervisor and second in command, 3rd Australian Army Canteens Service s' Club, Atherton, Queensland.

ART21599

Captain J Robinson

Depicts Captain J Robinson of the Australian Intelligence Corps, (Allied Translator and Interpreter Section), in charge of the ATIS, detached with 6th Australian Division, Wondecla, Queensland.

ART21604

Lance Corporal Frederick Paulson

WX1209 Lance Corporal Frederick Lawrence Paulson, after serving unscathed for two years in Egypt, Palestine and Syria with 2/2 Australian Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers, finds himself well trussed up 104 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, suffering from a bad wound in the leg,...

ART21616

Captain Francis Durbridge

Depicts a portrait of QX6148 Captain Francis Keep Durbridge, 6th Australian Divisional Headquarters Cavalry Regiment attached 6th Australian Division Headquarters, in 104 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Aitape, New Guinea.

ART21620

Second Lieutenant Mildred Mobley (US Army)

Depicts a portrait of N734502 2nd Lieutenant Mildred A Mobley, US Army nurse United States Army, 30th Evacuation Hospital. When the 6th Australian Division arrived at its new location at Aitape, the 30th US Evacuation Hospital made its facilities available to the Australian forces until our...

ART21623

Yahida, Japanese prisoner of war

Depicts a portrait of Yahida a Japanese prisoner of war who could understand English and make himself understood. His name appears in Japanese character's and in English, as written by himself in the bottom right of picture, recovery from the effects of malnutrition at 104 Australian Casualty...

ART21627

Sunworshippers on the beach at Aitape

Depicts a beach in Aitape with a soldier and an army nurse relaxing to enjoy the sun after a surf during the Second World War. The woman is possibly US Army nurse 2nd Lieutenant Cordia McArthur.

ART21634

Second Lieutenant Cordia McArthur (US Army)

Depicts a portrait of 2nd Lieutenant Cordia McArthur, US Army nurse, 30th Evacuation Hospital United States Army, drawn just after she had emerged from the surf on the beach near the hospital, Aitape, New Guinea.

ART21635

Second Lieutenant Helen Long (US Army)

Portrait of Second Lieutenant Helen K Long, US Army nurse at the United States Army, 30th Evacuation Hospital, which admitted patients of 6th Australian Division until that Division had established it's own medical arrangements, Aitape, New Guinea.

ART21636

Second Lieutenant Jean King (US Army)

Depicts a portrait of Second Lieutenant Jean King, US Army nurse, United States Army, 30 Evacuation Hospital at Aitape, New Guinea.

ART21637

Private Bernard Guggemos (US Airborne Engineers Aviation Battalion)

Portrait sketch of ASN36416051 Private Bernard Guggemos, United States Army, 875 Airborne Engineers Aviation Battalion, Aitape, New Guinea.

ART21638

Second Lieutenant Norma Fisher

Depicts Second Lieutenant Norma Fisher of the 30th US Evacuation Hospital, lying on the beach near the hospital enjoying the sun and thoughtfully studing the busy harbour scene, Aitape, New Guinea.

ART21639

Captain Ruth McCune

Portrait of Captain Ruth McCune, Chief Nurse at the 30th Evacuation Hospital. She was in charge of Australian personnel who were patients at the hospital, Aitape, New Guinea.

ART21640

First Lieutenant Fay Robertson

Portrait of First Lieutenant Fay B Robertson, US Army nurse who cared for Australian troops admitted to 30th Evacuation Hospital, Aitape, New Guinea.

ART21641

Captain Luke

Portrait of Captain M Luke, Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS), served with the A.I.F throughout the Middle East and with the 104 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Aitape, New Guinea.

ART21642

Jungle fighter

Depicts an unidentified soldier of the 2/11th Australian Infantry Battalion, Matapan, New Guinea.

ART21643

Beaufort Pilot (Squadron Leader Harvey Charlesworth)

A portrait of Squadron Leader Harvey Charlesworth during flight. The artist, Mainwaring, was sent to New Guinea as an Australian Army artist in 1942 and completed many portraits of military personnel during his time there. Charlesworth has his back to the viewer and is in full uniform strapped into...

ART21644

Philip Hargraves

Portrait of Philip Hargraves, playing piano, of Air Force Entertainment Party visiting forward areas in Aitape, New Guinea.

ART21645

Beaufort Navigator (of No.100 Squadron, RAAF)

This is a portrait of a pilot who was an expert in navigating using the Beaufort aircraft. Seven hundred of these aircraft were produced for the Royal Australian Air Force in the Second World War. The pilot is seated in his pilot's seat and some of the controls are visible.

ART21647

Lieutenant Ross Ewart

Portrait depicting SX23938 Lieutenant Ross L Ewart , 2/8th Australian Infantry Battalion, Suain, New Guinea.

ART21654

Sergeant William Chester Povey

Depicts a portrait of SX5421 Sergeant William Chester Povey of Australian Army Pay Corps, attached to 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion, served in Syrian campaign, original member of 2/3 rd Australian Infantry Battalion, Suain, New Guinea.

ART21655

Private William Haydon

Portrait depicting Private William Haydon VX24982 , Regimental Police, 2/8th Australian Infantry Battalion, Suain, New Guinea.

ART21656

Lieutenant Colonel Hector Binks

Portrait depicting Lieutenant Colonel Hector McLean Binks, Commanding Officer of the 2/11th Australian Infantry Battalion during the Matapau campaign, New Guinea.

ART21658

Adjutant Raymond Everett

Portrait depicting Adjutant Raymond Bradbury Everett, Salvation Army representative, 6th Australian Division, Suain, New Guinea.

ART21661

Infantryman, 2/8th Australian Infantry Battalion

Portrait depicting an unidentified infantryman of the 2/8th Australian Infantry Battalion, 6th Australian Division, 'ready for action', wearing American style gaiters, with two grenades on his belt, and extra ammunition in pouches around his chest.

ART21662

Lieutenant Arthur Holden

Portrait depicting Lieutenant Arthur Holhen, 2/3rd Australian Infantry Battalion, 6th Australian Division, New Guinea.

ART21665

Japanese prisoner awaiting interrogation

Portrait depicting an unidentified Japanese prisoner of war awaiting interrogation at Luain, New Guinea.

ART21666

Spruso

Depicts a portrait of a soldier identified only as 'Spruso', 2/3 Australian Machine Gun Battalion, Suian, New Guinea.

ART21667

RAP Orderly

Portrait sketch depicting an unidentified RAP orderly, bandaging another soldiers hand at the Regimental Aid Post, Suian, New Guinea.

ART21668

Padre Ronald O'Brien

Depicts Padre Ronald Arthur Terrence O'Brien, Chaplain Fourth Class, Church of England, 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion, 6th Australian Division, wearing cassock, surplice and scarf; cross marking grave in background, Suain, New Guinea.

ART21669

Leaning soldier with owen gun

2/8th Australian Infantry Battalion, 6th Australian Division; unidentified soldier, 2/8 Btn; campaign; Owen gun, extra ammunition packs around waist

ART21670

Spruso

Portrait depicting a soldier identified only as 'Spruso' of the 2/3rd Australian Infantry Battalion, 6th Australian Division (previous drawing of same subject ART21671 [313] gives unit as 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion - 2/3 MG Btn relieved 2/3 Inf Btn and was acting as infantry in February/March 1945).

ART21671

Standing soldier with owen gun

Portrait depicting an unidentified soldier, with Owen gun of the 2/6th Australian Infantry Battalion.

ART21672

Lieutenant Brian Lloyd

Depicts a portrait of NX95945 Lieutenant Brian George Longfield Lloyd, Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS), attached to 6th Australian Division Aitape, New Guinea.

ART21677

Captain George Graham

Portrait depicting Captain George Graham, of the Visitors and Observers Section, 6th Australian Division, Aitape, New Guinea.

ART21678

Jim Fitzpatrick, war correspondent

Depicts a portrait of Jim Fitzpatrick, war correspondent, 6th Division, Aitape, New Guinea.

ART21679

Pay Corporal

Portrait depicting an unidentified soldier, Pay Corporal, of the 2/8th Australian Infantry Battalion, Aitape, New Guinea.

ART21680

Mess Stewarad

Portrait depicting an unidentified Mess Steward, at B Mess, Headquarters 6thAustralian Division, aitape, New Guinea.

ART21681

Wing Commander Rollo Kingsford-Smith

Portrait of Wing Commander Rollo Kingsford-Smith, DSO, DFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) member of Australian Victory Contingent, London, 1946. Commanding Officer of No 463 Squadron, the nephew of the famous Australian aviator Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith.

ART26666

Captain Henry Showers

Royal Australian Navy; Commodore Henry Arthur Showers, CBE, RAN; member of Australian Victory Contingent, 1946

ART26667

Brigadier Murray Moten

Portrait depicting Brigadier Murray John Moten, CBE, DSO and Bar, was in command of a Citizen Military Force unit at the outbreak of war and was second to command the 2/27th Australian Infantry Battalion in 1940. He led the battalion in he campaign in Syria in 1941, gaining the DSO. Promoted to...

ART26668

Major General Kenneth Eather

A portrait of Major General Kenneth Eather of the 2/1st Australian Infantry Battalion, 25th Australian Brigade, 11th Australian Division. Major General Kenneth William 'Phar Lap' Eather, CB, CBE, DSO led the Australian Victory Contingent March in 1946 in England.

ART26669

Lieutenant Commander Richard Peek

Portrait depicting Lieutenant Commander Richard Innes Peek, OBE, DSC, ROyal Australian Navy (RAN) member of Australian Victory Contingent, 1946.

ART26670

Sister Cherry Wilson

Portrait depicting Sister Cherry Wilson (born 6 June 1910, Geelong, Victoria), Royal Australian Naval Nursing Service (RANNS) member of Australian Victory Contingent, 1946. She enlisted 1 Oct 1942, and was discharged 24 Oct 1946.

ART26671

Victory March, London, 10 June 1946

Representatives of Australian forces marching past saluting base in Pall Mall, during the victory celebrations in London on 10 June 1946. King George VI is standing on a podium taking the salute as he watches the men march past.

ART26674

Surrender ceremony, Bougainville, 8 September 1945

Depicts the Surrender ceremony at Bougainville (Torokina) in 1945. Lieutenant General Kanda, commander of the XVIII Japanese Army (seated left) surrenders to General Savige, GOC II Australian Corps at Torokina, Bougainville.Various Australian, New Zealand and American officers and photographers are...

ART26675

Patrol searching dead Japanese in kunai grass

Depicts a group of unidentified soldiers, 2/11th Australian Infantry Battalion, gathered around dead Japanese soldier; Matapau, New Guinea.

ART26677

Group Captain William Dale

Portrait depicting 260182 Group Captain William Charles Arthur Dale, DSO, MID, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), 62 Airfield Construction Wing, responsible for much of the construction, repair and development of the network of forward Allied airfields in the South West Pacific area.

ART27509

Lieutenant Colonel Francis Cook

Portrait depicting SX1225 Lieutenant Colonel Francis W Cook, DSO, MC, Chief Instructor Army Leaders School, BCOF, 2/10th Australian Infantry Battalion, Army Instructional Corps.

ART27510

Lieutenant Colonel George Warfe

Portrait depicting VX186 Lieutenant Colonel George Radford Warfe, DSO, MC, served with the 2/6th Australian Infantry Battalion in Libya and Greece in 1941 and in 1942 became commander of the 2/3rd Independent Company in New Guinea, participating in operations in the Wau-Bulolo area and the advanced...

ART27517

Lieutenant Max Shean

Lieutenant Max H Shean, DSO and Bar, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in 1941 went overseas to serve in ships of the Royal Australian Navy on Gibraltar convoys. He was then posted to special duties with the newly-introduced midget submarines, training crews in their operation and commanding a raid by...

ART27531

Air Marshal Sir Frederick Scherger

Portrait depicting Air Marshal Sir Frederick Rudolph William Scherger, KBE, CB, DSO, AFC, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

ART27540

Australian action at Buna

This painting shows an attack by troops of the 18th Australian Infantry Brigade, supported by General Stuart tanks of the 2/6th Australian Armoured Regiment during the struggle for Buna. The combined assault,though costly, succeeded in breaking through the enemy defences of bunkers and fox-holes...

ART27547

Brigadier David Whitehead

Portrait depicting NX376 Brigadier David Adie Whitehead, DSO and Bar, MC, MID, Commanding 26th Australian Brigade, 2/2 Australian Machine Gun Battalion, 2/32nd Australian Infantry Battalion., Tarakan.

ART27548

Japanese landing near Vulcan, Rabaul

"A" Company, 2/22nd Battalion in action at Vulcan on the morning of 23 January, 1943. The Australian garrison at Rabaul (New Britain) consisted of the 2/22nd Infantry Battalion, AIF, supported by other Army detachments, totalling in all about 1,400 and one air squadron. From early January 1942 the...

ART27632

Cavalry Lieutenant (Edmund Stewart)

Portrait depicting Lieutenant Edmund William Stewart, Royal Australian Engineers, 1 Australian Water Transport Company.

ART22142

Coastal Patrol between Lae & Finschafen

Showing Lae burning in the distance. Seen from P.T Boat 143, on the night of the landing by 9th Australian Division at Lae, whilst operating in the Huon Gulf area. The skipper of the P.T Boat is Lieutenant Junior Grade, J.S Baylis, Jr., of the U.S Navy. PT "143" sank a freighter troopship in...

ART22144

Catalina, Port Moresby

Depicts unidentified men of the Australian Military Forces waiting to proceed on leave aboard a Consolidated Catalina flying boat at Port Moresby.

ART22145

It's on! L.S.T. Torpedoed

Torpedoing of Landing Ship Tank, (L.S.T), in a surprise raid off Morobe, New Guinea.

ART22146

Sergeant Norman Macintyre

Depicts a portrait of NX4050 Sergeant Norman Struan MacIntyre, 2/4th Australian Infantry Battalion, (recipient of The Order of Patriotic War, First Class, awarded by the Council of the High Presidium of USSR for conspicuous service in, the decoration is depicted on the drawing, and Sgt MacIntyre is...

ART22147

Lieutenant Margaret Stockwell

Depicts a portrait of VFX60554 Lieutenant Margaret Stockwell, Australian Army Nurses Services (AANS), 2/2 Australian General Hospital (AGH), Atherton, Queensland.

ART22148

AB Stanley Wright, Quartermaster USS Mexico

Depicts a portrait of Able Seaman Stanley Wright, Quartermaster USS Mexico, United States Merchant Navy, member of the Merchant Marines, serving on board USS Mexico, a small American troop carrier among the fleet of ships that carried 6th Australian Division to a new theatre of operations.

ART22149

Burial service, Aitape, New Guinea

Depicts a scene of unidentified men gathered around grave site, other graves in area, possibly Padre Ronald Arthur Terrence O'Brien, Chaplain Fourth Class, 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion, Australian Military Forces, Danmap River, New Guinea.

ART22150

Tanks and infantry, Aitape, New Guinea

During his time as an Australian Army artist in New Guinea, Mainwaring completed many portraits of Australian military personnel and detailed illustrations of military technology. In this painting, three tanks in single file drive away from the viewer towards sea cliffs in the distance, with the...

ART22151

Wrapping the dead in army blankets

The scene is of a group of Australian soldiers carrying their dead in blue army blankets and stretchers on board the deck of a torpedoed Landing Ship, Tank at Morobe, Papua New Guinea. One of the ships in the convoy on the way to Lae was hit by a torpedo launched from a Japanese plane in September...

ART22306

2/7 Battalion embarking from Salamaua at night

Depicts the 2/7 Australian Infantry Battalion embarking on barges at Salamaua to go en route to leave in Australia during the Second World War.

ART22307

The beach-head, Lae

The "Tong Sung" in centre middle distance. Sunken Japanese ship in right distance. Pile driver on left for building wharves. In the right foreground a bombed Japanese Propellor Torpedo (PT) Boat, Lae, New Guinea.

ART22324

Boat deck, HMAS Diamantina

Showing the boat deck and bridge of HMAS Diamantina. The surrender of the Japanese forces in Nauru Island and Ocean Island was signed on her decks.

ART24241

Pilot Officer Leonard Marquis

Portrait depicting Pilot Leonard Stanley Marquis, Royal Australian Air Force, Allied Translator and Interpreter Service, to Brigadier J.R Stevenson's party for the acceptance of the surrender of the Japanese forces on Nauru and Ocean Islands.

ART24242

Major Gresley Clarkson

Portrait depicting Major Gresley D Clarkson, WX11162, liaison between Army commander of garrison on Nauru and the civil administration and British Phosphates Commissioners.

ART24243

Lieutenant Geoffrey Lording

Portrait depicting Lieutenant Geoffrey Harcourt Lording, Royal Australian Navy Volunteer Reserve, Madang.

ART24244

Captain Hota

Portrait depicting Captain Hota, of the 17th Japanese Army, a Japanese prisoner-of-war on board the transport "River Glenelg" en route from Nauru Island to Bougainville for internment.

ART24246

Lieutenant General Masatane Kanda

Portrait depicting Lieutenant General Masatane Kanda during the Surrender Ceremony at Torokina, Commanding 17th Japanese Army, on Bougainville and Commander of all the adjacent islands, surrendered to Lieutenant General S.G Savigem CB, CBE, DSO, MC, ED, Bougainville.

ART24247

Lieutenant George Stanley

Portrait depicting Lieutenant George Arthur Vickers Stanley, DSC, Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RANVR), 6th Australian Division, Tadji, New Guinea.

ART24248

Captain Henry Nicholls

Portrait depicting Captain Henry William Nicholls, NX15737, MC, 'Z' Special Unit (formerly of 1 Australian chute Battalion and 2/1 Australian Pioneer Battalion). Served in Benghazi and Tobruk, awarded the Military Cross for gallantry at the age of 20. Captain Nicholls led a party ashore in Wewak...

ART24249

Gunner, HMAS Diamantina (Leading Seaman Alan Lowry Taylor)

Depicts an unidentified gunner of Royal Australian Navy, wearing anti-flash battledress, hood, gauntlets and helmet on board HMAS "Diamantina", Nauru Island.

ART24250

Lieutenant Marjorie Trott

Portrait depicting Lieutenant Marjorie Trott, Australian Army Medical Women's Service, 2/1st Australian General Hospital, 115 Australian General Hospital, Boungainville, New Guinea.

ART24254

Commander Alexander Fowler, RAN

Potrait depicting Commander Alexander Earle Fowler, RAN, Naval-Officer-in-Charge North Solomons, operating Bougainville Naval Force, supporting 2 Australian Corps. Was present at Surrender Ceremony at Torokina representing Royal Australian Navy. Served in the Navy with Grand Fleet in HMAS Sydney,...

ART24255

Japanese officers, Nauru

Portraits depicting three unidentified officers, top; adjutant, middle; officer (unspecified), bottom; medical officer, of Japanese Navy, who were among those who surrendered at Nauru Island and transferred to Bougainville for internment.

ART24314

Captain George Renwick

Portrait depicting Captain George W Renwick, Brigade Major (Learner), 11th Australian Infantry Brigade. Appointed Staff to Brigadier J R Stevenson, DSO, to accept the surrender of Japanese forces on Nauru Island.

ART24315

Cavalry Commando with Owen Gun (Bruce "Slugger" L'Estrange)

Portrait depicting Bruce Maitland "Slugger" L'Estrange (NX171438) MM, 2/6th Australian Cavalry Commando Regiment, sitting holding an Owen gun. The 2/6th commandoes were engaged in patrol operations in the Aitape area, New Guinea. L'Estrange is depicted here wearing characteristic bandana and animal...

ART24381

The cook

Portrait depicting an unidentified cook, Headquarters 6th Australian Division, Aitape, New Guinea.

ART24384

Miss Betty Bown, Red Cross Representative

Depicts a portrait of Betty Bown, an Australian Red Cross representative, 6th Australian Division, painted by the official war artist Geoffrey Mainwaring in New Guinea in 1944.

ART24386

Lieutenant Robert Buchanan

Portrait depicting Lieutenant Robert John Buchanan, photographer of Military Histroy Section, Aitape, New Guinea.

ART24387

Female impersonator (Private Victor Fox)

NX36410 Private Victor A Fox, 2/10 Cavalry Commando Squadron, female imnpersonator (Arab dancer), Middle East, 6th Australian Division concert party, Aitape, New Guinea.

ART24388

Bruce "Slugger" L'Estrange

Portrait depicting Bruce Maitland "Slugger" L'Estrange, NX171438 (N3842), MM, 2/6th Australian Cavalry Commando Regiment, 2/7 Australian Independent Company, engaged in patrol operations in the Aitape area, New Guinea.

ART24392

AASL on maintenance work

From Wagga Wagga in 1943, Mainwaring wrote to Treloar: 'There is a good deal of interesting subject matter here, and I would like to be able to spend more time to capture the spirit of the place? I have done several drawings, one of a party of sappers working with a well-borer, and one of some...

ART25109

Captain Robert Fleming

Portrait of VX52857 Captain Robert Sandford Fleming, 2/7 Commando Squadron. When the Japanese attacked the defence position near Tong, occupied by the 2/7 Cavalry Commando Squadron, Captain Fleming of that unit was one of the casualties, being wounded in the shoulder. This picture was drawn at 104...

ART25118

Lieutenant Brian Moloney

Portrait depicting WX4210 Lieutenant Brian William Moloney, MM, at the time that the portrait was painted Lieutenant Moloney was attached to Headquarters, 6th "Australian Division instructing troops in the use of flame-throwers in the Aitape area. As a Private in the 2/16th Australian Infantry...

ART25125

Captain Alan West

Depicts a portrait of VX21239 Captain Allan West, Area Commandant and Rocky Creek; 2/3 Australian Machine Gun Battalion, seen here at the 2/2nd Australian General Hospital undergoing treatment for malaria. Captain West was posted to 2/3 Australian Machine Gun Battalion but fate decreed that he was...

ART23368

Army Camp, Caulfield

Mainwaring is likely to have painted this scene when he was an Australian army artist on probation. An Army camp established at Caulfield Racecourse, grandstands and track in view. In the background is the transit camp; the marquee in the middle distance is the courthouse; and the hospital block...

ART23397

Instruction in mining

In the left foreground sappers are receiving instructions in preparing a "face" for explosion as in mining operations. In the mid right is a gum tree with a low lying branch that extends to the centre of the composition. In the middle distance other sappers receive practical instruction in double...

ART23562

The men's cookhouse, Caulfield, Victoria

Depicts a number of unidentified men and women sitting on park seats or standing under trees near the men's cookhousein Caulfield, Victoria, during the Second World War.

ART23618

1000 lb bomb crater and house

Depicts a large crater with debris in the foreground. A building on stilts with open walls in the midground and trees to the left and sky in the background. It was used as sleeping quarters by the Area Commandant, Lieutenant-Colonel G. W. Barrenger.

ART23739

The Isthmus

Depicts the homes and roads along the isthmus at Salamaua, Papua New Guinea.

ART23741

Wing of a Transport

This oil painting depicts the wing of an airborne plane extending from the lower right corner to the centre of the composition. Beyond are two flying planes and clouds with a birds eye view of hills, a house and a river in the lower left corner. It is a view from an American aerial transport.

ART23923

Embarkation, U.S.S. Mexico

Depicts unidentified members of 6th Australian Division carrying a full tropical kit, including newly issued 'folding cots', boarding the troop ship U.S.S. Mexico at wharf. A portion of the superstructure of troop ship is visible, as are wharf buildings.

ART23928

Natives carrying wounded soldier

Depictd a group of unidentified natives carrying wounded soldier on improvised stretcher through jungle, Aitape, New Guinea.

ART26133

Lieutenant Frank Reiter

Portrait depicting VX4024 Lieutenant Frank A Reiter, MC, MM, enlisted in the 2/7th Australian Infantry Battalion soon after the outbreak of war in 1939 and served with the unit in Greece and Crete,where he was wounded leading a bayonet charge. He was awarded the Military Medal (MM) for his services...

ART31767

Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Lawrence Andrew Kelly

Portrait depicting Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Lawrence Andrew Kelly, NX12214, DSO, MID, Commanding 31st/51st Australian Infantry Battalion, 2/13th Australian Infantry Battalion, Commander Occupation Force and Garrison Nauru.

ART24253

Sergeant Charles Bush

Portrait depicting Sergeant Charles Bush, an artist with Military History Section.

ART25110

Masta Bilong Kanaka (Warrant Officer 2 E C Shields)

Depicts a portrait of NGX188 Warrant II E C Shields, of the Australian New Guinea Administration Unit (ANGAU). When the Japanese retreated from villages in the Salmaua area and ransacked the native gardens, the natives were collected by ANGAU and given medical attention and food and as they...

ART21194

Wounded native carrier (Kanjingai)

Depicts a portrait of Kanjingai, a native carrier for Australian New Guinea Administration Unit (ANGAU), was with a patrol of Commandos when he was wounded in an encounter with the Japanese in a village called Tong. He was shot in the chest, recovering in 104 Australian Casualty Clearing Station,...

ART21614

Chief Petty Officer Arthur Cooper

Portrait depicting Chief Petty Officer Arthur W F Cooper, DSM, Greek Medal, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Mediterranean, Gulf. Awarded the Greek Medal for outstanding acts for service in the Greek Campaign during 1941.

ART27530

Study of Vehicle Outfit Log Checker (Private Myrtle Walker)

Member of the Australian Women's Army Service when employed as Vehicle Outfit Log checkers, wear overalls, as their job entails handling tank equipment and checking tools, etc. The Subject is Private Myrtle Walker, Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS), Melbourne.

ART21554

Warant Officer 2 Douglas (Jock) Taylor

Portrait depicting VX5449 Warrant Class 2 Douglas R 'Jock' Taylor, DCM, original member of 2/7th Infantry Battalion, served with the unit through its campaigns in Libya, Greece and Crete. In the fierce fight against Japanese around Buna, Papua, Taylor commanded one of several machine-gun carriers...

ART27529

Papuan boy with flower

Depicts a portrait of an unidentified native man with hibiscus flower in his hair, New Guinea.

ART23924

On convoy

Depicts a troopship in convoy at sea. Mainwaring was sent to New Guinea in May 1943 on probation for appointment as an official artist. Following his return to Australia in October, he completed this work before being sent back to New Guinea a year later as an official war artist.

ART22143

Gian Singh (Indian Army)

One of the seven Indian prisoners-of-war of the Japanese who escaped while working on the airstrip at Wewak. Four died during their trek and the remaining three were found by our troops in a very low condition near a native garden where they stole vegetables from the pro-Japanese native...

ART21630

Gian Singh (Indian Army)

Depicts a portrait of Gian Singh, taken prisoner by the Japanese at Singapore, a member of the Indian Army, was transported to New Guinea to work for the Japanese. A few of these soldiers were re-captured by our forces and they were a reliable source of information about the enemy. Gian Singh with...

ART21629

Film

Signing of surrender of Ocean Island on HMAS Diamantina

At 0900 hours 1 October 1945, Lieutenant Commander Nahoomi Suzuki and party boarded HMAS Diamantina lying off shore, to surrender the Ocean Island to 2950028 (NX49) Brigadier John Rowlstone Stevenson DSO, Commander 11 Brigade. At 1530 hours Sir Albert Ellis, discoverer of phosphate on the island,...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1912-10-29
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1941-06-28
Date of discharge 1947-05-27
Date of death 2000-04-13