Biography

Birth date: 01 August 1914
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Following the outbreak of the Second World War, Alan Moore's aspirations to be an official war artist were not realised immediately. He enlisted in the RAAF in 1942 and was assigned the task of drawing diagrams of Allied planes. He also won the Grace Joel Scholarship that year, awarded for painting from the nude. In February 1943 the Australian War Memorial Art Committee considered Moore's official war artist application, and were impressed by recommendations from William Dargie and Harold Herbert. Moore was appointed in November 1943 and attached to the army, with the rank of lieutenant. His commission was to depict the activities of the RAAF working in New Guinea, the Middle East and Europe.

In December 1943 Moore undertook a jungle training course in Queensland, and then on New Year's Day he flew to Milne Bay. His drawings and watercolours at Milne Bay, and later of Goodenough Island, were destroyed by wet weather. While in New Guinea, he changed his practice to suit the tropical environment, working in oils rather than acrylics. In early March 1944 Moore was painting in the Admiralty Islands and witnessed the battle on Los Negros Island. He later voyaged to Port Moresby and completed some works there.

Moore returned to Melbourne in April 1944 to complete several paintings. A few months later he set sail on a Merchant Navy ship bound for Cairo. He visited a number of places in the Mediterranean to depict RAAF activities, including Malta and Bari. For the next couple of months he travelled by truck to the northern Adriatic coast and was based at Fano, painting RAAF bases such as Falconara. He spent Christmas Day in 1944 in northern Italy.

In March 1945 Moore was sent to London. With the end of the war in Europe drawing close, he was to visit the AIF Transit Camp at Eastbourne, Sussex, to sketch the reception of the Australian prisoners of war. Moore suggested instead that he travel to Germany to sketch the prisoner of war camps and this proposal was approved. In April he began recording the release of Australian prisoners of war in places such as Celle, while Stella Bowen was given the assignment in Eastbourne, where she recorded the debriefing and medical examination of Australian prisoners of war.

While accompanying the British troops in their advance across occupied Europe, Moore witnessed the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen camp on 15 April 1945. He recorded his observations in paintings, drawings and photographs. These distressing works convey the wretched atmosphere of the camp, and they describe some of the hellish scenes that confronted the artist. As well as depicting the victims of the camp, he drew the camp officials such as the chief physician Dr Fritz Klein.

Moore then travelled to Belgium to document the RAAF ex-prisoners of war. Later in 1945, he spent time in France at Villers Bretonneux and in England at Eastbourne . At the end of his commission as an official artist Moore presented over 140 works to the Memorial. The Memorial later commissioned Moore for several large paintings, including portraits of Generals MacArthur and Allen.

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MELBOURNE, VICTORIA. 1943-12-17. VX93880 LIEUTENANT A. MOORE, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, OF THE MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, LAND HEADQUARTERS.

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MELBOURNE, VIC. 1944-06-17. VX93880 LIEUTENANT A. MOORE, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, LAND HEADQUARTERS.

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MELBOURNE, VIC. 1944-06-17. VX93880 LIEUTENANT A. MOORE, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, LAND HEADQUARTERS.

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SYDNEY, NSW. 1945-08-08. LIEUTENANT A MOORE, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, PASSING HIS LUGGAGE OVER THE SIDE OF THE GANGWAY TO NX34515 CAPTAIN HAROLD FREDERICK WARD, ADMINISTRATION OFFICER, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, LAND HEADQUARTERS, WHILE DISEMBARKING FROM THE...

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ADMIRALTY ISLANDS. 1944-03-18. AMONGST THE COCONUT PALM TREES LIEUTENANT ALAN MOORE (FAR RIGHT), AN OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST AT PRESENT WORKING WITH THE RAAF, INSPECTS A JAPANESE 6 INCH NAVAL GUN CAPTURED ON LOS NEGROS ISLAND.

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ADMIRALTY ISLANDS. 1944-03-18. AMONGST THE COCONUT PALM TREES LIEUTENANT ALAN MOORE, AN OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST AT PRESENT WORKING WITH THE RAAF, LOOKS DOWN THE BARREL OF A JAPANESE 6 INCH NAVAL GUN CAPTURED ON LOS NEGROS ISLAND.

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LOS NEGROS ISLAND, ADMIRALTY ISLANDS. 1944-03-18. RAAF AIRMEN WATCH LIEUTENANT ALAN MOORE (LEFT), OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, A MEMBER OF THE AIF AT PRESENT WORKING WITH THE RAAF ON LOS NEGROS ISLAND, PAINTING AT HIS EASEL THE SCENE OF THE MOMOTE BATTLE.

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A mound of semi-clad corpses dumped unceremoniously into one of several open pits which would soon be covered in lime and earth to prevent a typhus epidemic. On arrival, British soldiers found over 10 000 bodies of those inmates who had succumbed to starvation, disease or maltreatment. Of the...

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Three soldiers, former jailers of this Nazi concentration camp, form a work detail to unload Jewish corpses from an open-sided flat bed truck. Under supervision from British troops (not pictured), they are transferring the dead to an open pit for mass burial. This image was recorded by an...

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An informal group portrait of soldiers of the Welsh Guards who liberated the Belsen concentration camp on 15 April 1945. All are unidentified except for an Australian official war artist, VX93880 Lieutenant (Lt) Alan Moore (front row, second from the left wearing a beret). Lt Moore was briefly...

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A huddle of corpses, Jewish victims of Belsen, lie in the open waiting for burial. Soldiers of the Welsh Guards liberated this notorious Nazi concentration camp on 15 April 1945. On arrival, the soldiers found over 10 000 bodies of inmates who had perished in the final days of the war. Of those...

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British soldiers, probably members of the Welsh Guards, supervise a German soldier, possibly SS (Schutzstaffel), burying a Belsen concentration camp inmate. At the liberation of this Nazi camp on 15 April 1945, the jailers themselves became prisoners of the Allies and they were later formed into...

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A British soldier, possibly of the Welsh Guards, moves in from the left towards a German soldier dragging a corpse (centre) as another British soldier stands at ready on the right. On the liberation of Belsen on 15 April 1945, the SS (Schutzstaffel) captors became themselves prisoners in this Nazi...

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Hundreds of corpses, which would soon become thousands, lie dumped in an open cut mass grave in the aftermath of the liberation of one of the most notorious concentration camps of the Nazi regime on 15 April 1945. British soldiers who occupied Belsen at the end of the European war found over 10...

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Two German soldiers (centre) hoist corpses of prisoners on their shoulders as they carry them for burial in an open mass grave (not pictured) as troops from the Welsh Guards direct them in the background. These SS (Schutzstaffel) guards had themselves become prisoners when British troops liberated...

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A huddle of corpses, some of over 10 000, lie strewn in an open area of the concentration camp as other unidentified people observe them whilst passing. Belsen was one of the most fearsome Nazi camps responsible for the death of thousands of Jews and other nationalities incarcerated by the Third...

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An unidentified German guard, possibly a member of the SS (Schutzstaffel), stands above an open pit containing the bodies of hundreds of victims of Belsen. Jewish inmates, along with other nationalities, were incarcerated at this Nazi concentration camp and suffered a systematic regime of...

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British combat camerman, Sergeant (Sgt) Colman Michael (Mike) Lewis, Army Film Unit, uses a De Vry camera to film a group of women at Belsen. It is not known whether they comprise former inmates, SS (Schutzstaffel) guards or local German civilians forced to enter the camp to confront the full...

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Two male corpses lie strewn together in a Belsen compound. One partly on top has his hands outstretched in supplication as if to symbolise the common suffering of humanity in war. Belsen was a concentration camp administered by the SS (Schutzstaffel) in Nazi Germany. Thousands of prisoners died...

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A large group of corpses, among 10 000 others, lie strewn in the grounds of Belsen. Broken by disease, starvation and maltreatment, these emaciated inmates had died before British troops finally liberated the concentration camp on 15 April 1945 in the closing days of the European War and of the...

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German soldiers face the outcome of the 'Final Solution' against the Jewish people and those of other races and categories victimized by the Third Reich. A long line of SS (Schutzstaffel) guards, both men and women, face the edge of a large open pit where lay strewn below an abject mound of dumped...

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A broken and twisted mound of emaciated corpses lay strewn in one of three open burial pits. At the liberation of Belsen on 15 April 1945, British troops were faced with over 10 000 dead inmates who required immediate burial to halt the spread of typhus and other diseases which were rampant in the...

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An unidentified SS (Schutzstaffel) soldier faces his British Army captors on the liberation of Belsen concentration camp. In the background, former guards (now prisoners) load corpses of inmates onto a truck as British troops observe. For their official role in genocide against Jewish and other...

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Back to camera, VX93880 Lieutenant (Lt) Alan Moore, an Australian official war artist, sketches captured SS (Schutzstaffel) guards after the liberation of Belsen concentration camp on 15 April 1945. The former jailers line up before an open sided truck containing the corpses of some inmates who...

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These fetid and devestated areas of Belsen confronted British soldiers on their liberation of this Nazi concentration camp on 15 April 1945. Survivors congregate as others forage amid smoke, filth and mud as the Allies restore order. From the activities in the background, possibly the former SS...

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A work party of SS (Schutzstaffel) guards unloads a truck heaped with emaciated naked corpses. Belsen was a notorious Nazi concentration camp which was responsible for the deaths of thousands of prisoners in a systematic regime of maltreatment, disease and starvation. When British troops...

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EUROPE, C 1945. AUSTRALIAN WAR ARTIST ALAN MOORE ON THE DECK OF A GERMAN SUBMARINE. (DONOR: A. MOORE)

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ITALY, WWII. AUSTRALIAN WAR ARTIST ALAN MOORE AT WORK IN CAMP IN ITALY. MOORE WAS WORKING WITH THE 8TH ARMY. (DONOR: A. MOORE)

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BELSEN, GERMANY, 1945-04-10. AUSTRALIAN WAR ARTIST ALAN MOORE MAKING A DRAWING OF FORMER GERMAN SS CONCENTRATION CAMP GUARDS. BEHIND THE LINE OF GUARDS IS A TRUCK LOADED WITH THE DEAD BODIES OF CONCENTRATION CAMP VICTIMS. (DONOR: A. MOORE)

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MELBOURNE, VIC. 1947. FORMER AUSTRALIAN WAR ARTIST ALAN MOORE AT AN EXHIBITION OF HIS BELSEN PAINTINGS. (DONOR: A. MOORE)

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MELBOURNE, VIC. PORTRAIT OF AUSTRALIAN WAR ARTIST ALAN MOORE IN UNIFORM. (DONOR: A. MOORE)

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Art

Homeless refugees

Refugees - men, women and children - walk down a gloomy and dark street carrying their few possessions. One man is pushing a bicycle.

ART26572

Wing Commander Andrew Henderson

Portrait depicting Wing Commander (later Group Captain) Andrew Dill Henderson, Commanding No.454 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, Cassinatico, Italy.

ART26573

Head study

Portrait depicting an unidentified serviceman, wearing slouch hat.

ART26574

RAAF POW

A close up portrait of a member of the RAAF sketched soon after his release from a German prisoner of war camp in Brussells, Belgium. He wears a cap hand made from old socks.

ART26611

No. 3 Squadron Mustangs in storm, Farno; verso: not titled [sketch of aircraft]

Aircrew work on Mustang aircraft at night time under pouring rain. Verso: incomplete sketch of a Mustang aircraft.

ART26612

Smithfield Market, rocket bomb

This drawing depicts the destruction of London's Smithfield Market, at the junction of Farringdon Road. A German V2 rocket has fallen on the area. Figures in the foreground carry out casualities. Buildings and a streetlight are broken and wrecked, while debris litters the scene.

ART26613

"Abendico" Italian cook, No. 454 Squadron

The Italian cook for No. 454 Squadron, Abendico, stands with his hands on his hips. He wears an apron tied at the waist, a waist coat, tie, cap and glasses.

ART26614

Tiger turret defending Rimini Church was used as an O.P.

An overturned Tiger turret, painted green and khaki, lay abandoned in the foreground of the image. The Rimini Church stands intact and erect in the background.

ART26615

454 Squadron briefing, Falconara

No. 454 Squadron stands in front of some tents in a huddle, listening to a briefing. Some leafless trees can be seen in the background.

ART26616

Clearing roads of snow

Four figures walk along a deserted road, each carrying a shovel to clear the road of snow. Mountains rise up on either side of the road. A bridge can be seen in the distance along the road that is between Fossombrone and Umbrio.

ART26617

Mountainous country near Poe Valley, Italy

This scene depicts the mountainous country near the Poe Valley, Italy. A roughly drawn river flows in front of the mountain.

ART26618

Squadron cook

A portrait of an unidentifably male cook for the No.454 Squadron Cessinatico. He wears a white singlet.

ART26619

Figure studies

Unfinished sketch of unidentified men standing in a group. Some are wearing flying suits and wearing forage caps.

ART26620

French Officer, ex Prisoner of War

Portrait of an unidentified French officer, wearing a kepi. He is a recovered prisoner of war.

ART26621

Relaxing on troop transport

An RAAF pilot sits in a chair with his legs crossed, reading a book. He wears knee high socks, laced up leather shoes, shorts and is shirtless.

ART26622

Grave of Lance Corporal Roath

The grave of Lance Corporal Roath (Service no. 1941820) lay in the foreground of the drawing. It has a simple Christian cross headstone with a wreath hanging from it. In the background is a small village with the campaniles of several churches disrupting the skyline. The hills of the countryside...

ART26623

Road junction

Army vehicles travel along a road that meets at a busy junction. On the left foreground are a row of leafless trees, while in the middle background stands a church. The campanile rises up through the centre of the composition, with a Christian cross at the top.

ART26624

Merchant Navy gunlayer

An unidentified male figure from the Merchant Army stands with one hand in his hooded duffle coat and the other hand rests on a handle (machine not identifiable). This drawing was completed while the artist was in transit across the Indian Ocean.

ART26625

La Chiesa San Lorenzo

A sketch of an Italian church that has suffered damage from bombing. The campanile remains intact, however the roof has been partially removed. A wire fence lay broken in the foreground with some leafless trees nearby.

ART26626

Attack by No 3 and 450 Squadrons on enemy shipping near Venice

This was a precision attack by four squadrons of Mustang and Kitty hawk fighter bomber. including No.3 and 450 Squadrons, Royal Australian Air Force, against shipping and installations at Venice during the campaign in Italy. The aircraft sank a 3,5000-tonne merchant ship, a torpedo boat and a...

ART27619

SS guards burying dead, Belsen

Alan Moore witnessed the liberation of the infamous Belsen concentration camp in Germany. For three days he drew and photographed the skeletal survivors and their persecutors, including the SS troops who were forced to bury their victims. After his return to Australia, Moore painted the horrific...

ART27621

SS troops unloading the death wagon, Belsen

SS guards removing corpses of women and children from back of truck for burial in a mass grave. Armed British guards and other internees looking on from behind barbed wire fence of camp.

ART27622

Beaufort bomber aircraft over Rabaul, 1944

Five Beaufort bomber aircraft fly high over Rabaul, dropping bombs over the ocean, landscape and vessels below. Japan, after occupying Rabaul, New Britain, in January 1942, they developed the town, harbour and adjoining areas of the Gazelle Peninsula as their main base in the New Guinea theatre. ...

ART27747

Generals MacArthur and Allen at Owers' Corner

Depicts General Douglas MacArthur, the Commander of the South West Pacific Area during the Second World War with NX2 Major General A S Allen, DSO, Commanding the 7th Division. In the background is the tower at the end of a flying fox, used to transport material and equipment at the beginning of the...

ART27780

HMAS Arunta patrolling the Admiralty Islands

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) destroyer HMAS Arunta, together with American destroyers covered all the landings in the Admiralty Islands and shelled Japanese positions before the troops went ashore. She is shown here patrolling the coast of Manus Island after escorting Royal Australian Air Force...

ART22276

Captain William Dargie

Portrait of the official war artist Captain William Dargie, which was entered in the Archibald Prize competition 1945, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 1946.

ART22565

Ex-POW RAAF Wellington pilot shot down over Norway (Warrant Officer David Wardill)

Portrait of Warrant Officer David Wardill, a RAAF Wellington pilot who was shot down over Norway during a raid on Kiel, Germany. He became a prsioner of war.

ART24178

454 Squadron briefing, Italy

Shows a group of unidentified air crew being briefed, in open air, prior to an operation over enemy territory.

ART24322

German prisoners passing Flak Tower near Hamburg

German prisoners of war passing a Flak Tower near Hamburg.

ART24323

Australian lancasters loading ex-POWs for England

A group of ex-POWs boarding a converted Avro Lancaster bomber used to return POWs to England; the group includes Australians and Indians.

ART24325

Merchant Navy Skipper (Captain W E Coates)

Portrait depicting Captain W E Coates, Merchant Navy.

ART24338

Padre Bob Davies

Portrait depicting Padre Robert Ernest Davies, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) North Africa, Middle East, Farno, Italy.

ART24340

Baltimore crew talking after raid

Depicts three unidentified Baltimore crew members talking after a raid, Italy.

ART24341

Flying Officer Clement (Bush) Barrey

Portrait depicting 52303 Flying Clement John 'Bush' Barrey, AFC, DFM, pilot, 450 Sqadron, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), serving in Italy.

ART24342

Italian women and children waiting for issue of black bread

Depicts a group unidentified Italian women and children hungry and homeless waiting in the rain for an issue of black bread from destroyed church Fiorenzuola di Focare, Farno, Italy.

ART24343

Pilots arriving for early morning gaggle, Italy

Depicts a group of three unidentified pilots No.3 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), leaving a truck near the North American P-51 Mustang fighters for an early morning 'gaggle'. 'Gaggle' is a term used when planes fly in non-formation. The surface of the runway is probably Marsden...

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RAAF convoy stops for tea, Italy

Depicts a group of unidentified members of convoy gathered around campfire near Rimini, Italy.

ART24345

Mess Kitchen 454 Squadron, Falconara

Showing the improvised cooking facilities in camp kitchen and the challenges faced by cooks of No.454 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, working in the Italian winter.

ART24347

Bomber crews walking back through the mud after a raid, Italy

Showing unidentified crews of aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force, No 450 Squadron, trudging across an Italian airfield through the mud to their quarters after returning from an operational mission over Europe.

ART24349

RAAF fire crew in action

Showing a Royal Australian Air Force fire crew fighting a burning Baltimore aircraft, Cesenatico, Italy.

ART24350

RAAF padre at the grave of a fighter bomber pilot, Italy

Dipicts the grave of unidentified pilot, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), No 450 Squadron, with two unidentified men (RAAF padre and another), part of wrecked aircraft in background, propellor used as grave marker, near Farno, Italy. It is believed this work depicts the burial of Hughie Gater, a...

ART24352

Oil wharf, Moresby

The painting shows a sea-scape with a low horizon and a large expanse of sky. In the middle distance on the lower left there are docks, two large ships and two smaller boats and to the lower right there is headland. In the foreground is a thin strip of beach with fencing along the lower right...

ART24361

Victory march

A prepatory sketch for the work 'The 7th Division march'. The work depicts the progress of the 7th Division as they marched through the middle of the city in Melbourne in 1944.

ART24363

Ex-POWs' first glimpse outside Germany for 5 years

Depicts a group of unidentified British ex-prisoners-of-war as they glimpse of England for the first time in five years after being in prison camps in Germany. They are climbing out of a Douglas C-47 Dakota transport.

ART24378

Victory contingent marching through Melbourne

Australia sent a contingent of 250 officers, men and women of the three services to participate in the Victory Parade in London, 8 June 1946. This painting depicts the Army detachment of the Australian Victory Contingent marching through the streets of Melbourne in April 1946. In the background are...

ART24379

Ex-POWs being deloused by Tommies, Germany

Personnel of the Australian Infantry Force who have recently been released from prisoner-of-war camps in Germany, are seen bathing and showering and being sprayed with disinfectant by British troops to avoid possible spread of infection in Hildesheim, Germany.

ART24380

RAAF fitter

A full length drawing of an unidentified fitter from the Royal Australian Air Force. He is wearing a hat, shorts and sandals.

ART25001

Observer 454 Squadron

A full length drawing of an unidentified airman from the No. 454 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force. He is wearing a flying suit.

ART25002

Observer, 454 Squadron

A full length drawing of an unidentified airman from the No. 454 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force. He is wearing a flying suit and smoking a pipe.

ART25003

Air gunner

A full length drawing of an unidentified air gunner from the No. 454 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force.

ART25004

Control tower, Forli aerodrome

A drawing showing the wrecked control tower at Forli aerodrome, which is surrounded by the building debris of bombing.

ART25005

Observer, 454 Squadron

A rear view of a full length portrait of an unidentified observer from 454 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force. He wears a hat, flying suit and carries a canvas bag in his right hand.

ART25006

Sketch of No 450 Rest Camp Saint Angelo in Vado

Men from the Royal Australian Air Force are at a rest camp in Vado, Italy. They sit on chairs around a table, with a fireplace and stove cooking nearby.

ART25007

Pilot 454 Squadron

A full length portrait of an unidentified pilot from the 454 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force. He is wearing a flying suit and holds his flying hat and goggles in his left hand.

ART25008

Australia House, London, on a Sunday morning

A street scene outside Australia House in London on a dreary winter's morning. Rain is pelting down on the gray streets as people hurry along with heads bowed.

ART25009

464 Squadron Mosquito over Villers-Bretonneux Australian War Memorial

Mosquitoes from the 464 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force fly over the Australian War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France. The Memorial is from the First World War and still stands after four years of German occupation of France, although some damage from bombs, or shell fire can be seen.

ART25010

Bomb damage, Hamburg

Buildings in Hamburg wrecked by aircraft bombing. Building debris and barbed wire litter the street, a Cathedral can be seen in the background.

ART25011

German submarine under construction, Hamburg

Moore has recorded a German submarine under construction in Hamburg, Germany. The submarine is not complete and is surrounded by scaffolding. The site is littered with building materials and barbed wire.

ART25012

SS guards carrying bodies at Belsen

Three former SS guards dragging corpses at the concentration camp in Belsen, Germany at the end of the war. Following is a piece taken from the transcript of a taped conversation between the artist Alan Moore and Anne Gray. Gray: 'perhaps you'd like to talk about No. 98, which is one of the Belsen...

ART25013

Belsen doctor

Portrait of Dr Klein, a doctor in the concentration camp in Belsen, Germany.

ART25015

RAAF listening to AIF escapee's story, London

Two members of the Royal Australian Air Force are listening to an AIF soldier telling his escapee story. They are in London, standing in a dark bar, or pub having a beer. The paper used for this drawing has a ripped spiral bound edge, possibly indicating the work was done on the spot.

ART25016

Harry the fitter

A sketched portrait of a fitter from the Royal Australian Air Force, identified only as Harry.

ART25460

Hangars on Forli Drome

A view of bomb damaged hangars at Forli, Italy.

ART25461

RAAF Kittyhawks arrive at the Admiraltys

76 Squadron ground crews watch the first Kittyhawks to arrive at the Admiralty Islands.

ART25462

Seaman, Merchant Navy, Fong Yong Foo

Sketched portrait of Fong Yong Foo, a seaman with the Merchant Navy.

ART25463

RAAF Repair and Salvage unit

This depicts the workshop and temporary shelter at the Vivigani airfield, Goodenough Island, New Guinea. The hangar was used by 25 Repair and Salvage Unit, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), and the large covering structure was erected in ten days. These units carry out repairs on crashed and...

ART23566

Take off at dawn, Milne Bay, Papua

Sunrise breaks over the skies of the runway as a man guides the RAAF Boomerang aircraft to take off in a dawn patrol off the coast of Papua New Guinea. The RAAF worked in co-operation with the AIF in Milne Bay, New Guinea.

ART23567

Guards light up

Depicts two sentries on duty at night in torrential rain, lighting their cigarettes, Milne Bay, New Guinea.

ART23571

The 7th Division march

Troops of the 7th Division marching through the streets in Melbourne. It was the first opportunity that citizens of Melbourne had to show their appreciation of the 'Silent Seventh' and amazing scenes of enthusiasm greeted the body of troops as they marched in perfect formation through the city...

ART23575

Incident on the road in Germany

Recovered Australian prisoners of war in (possibly) German staff car passing by a column of German soldiers. Two of the Australians are giving a mock Nazi salute. An AIF banner tied across back of vehicle.

ART25518

Australian P.O.W.s on the march through Germany

Column of prisoners of war, escorted by armed guards, two mounted, marching through snow. At the right, men are pushing a laden hand cart.

ART25519

Fitters working on a Mustang

Fitters from No.3 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force are overhauling a Mustang fighter of the squadron.

ART25713

Radar unit and Ops trailer, Farno

Two men of No. 3 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force are undertaking maintenance of supplies on their trucks and trailers. Behind them are streetlights and bomb damaged buildings at Farno, Italy.

ART25714

Padre Bob Davies burying pilot of No.3 Sqn

Padre Bob Davies of the Royal Australian Air Force [RAAF] and one other unidentified man tend to the grave of a pilot from No.3 Squadron, RAAF near Farno, Italy.

ART25715

No.450 Sqn. Snow fight, Farno

Members of No. 450 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force are engaged in a snow fight during the winter of 1944 when stationed at Farno, Italy.

ART25716

Main Adriatic supply line bombed and strafed by RAAF

A railway line and surrounding buildings have been bombed by the 450 Squadron of the RAAF. Rock debris litters the railway line. This sketch features a hand-drawn pen and ink border.

ART25717

No. 3 Squadron Mustangs take off near farmhouse

Mustang aircraft from No.3 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force are seen taking off from their airfield near a farmhouse, not far from Farno, Italy.

ART25718

Railway lifted by bomb blast

Drawing along the Italian coastline near the town of Ancona. The railway line leading into the city has been destroyed by aircraft bombing and the tracks have completely lifted from the ground. In the background are some people, boats in the water and the outline of the nearby town.

ART25719

No. 3 Sqn Mustangs flying over ruins of La Chiesa San Lorenzo

Showing aircraft from the No.3 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force flying in formation over the ruins of La Chiesa San Lorenzo in Forli, Italy.

ART25720

No. 450 Squadron Kittyhawks over wrecked ammunition train

Showing a flight of Kittyhawk aircraft of No.450 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force, flying over the site where a German ammunition train has been blown up by Allied bombers.

ART25721

No. 454 Squadron pilot climbing out after bombing raid

Showing a pilot of No. 454 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force climbing from his cockpit after returning from a bombing raid on a site in north west Yugoslavia.

ART25722

Bridge down on the Rhine, Nimegen

Showing a destroyed bridge along the Rhine in Germany. In the background are captive balloons that are supporting chains, which entangle low-flying enemy aircraft.

ART25723

AIF Ex-POW

A portrait of an unidentified member of the AIF recently recovered from a German prisoner of war camp. Alan Moore was appointed an official war artist in November 1943 and his commission was to depict the activities of the RAAF working in New Guinea, the Middle East and Europe. In 1945 Moore was...

ART25724

AIF ex-POWs on leave in Princes Street, Edinburgh

Australians recently liberated from prisoner of war camps in Germany are seen enjoying civilization again after their repatriation to Great Britain en route to Australia. They are pictured taken in the sights of Edinburgh, Scotland.

ART25725

Rimini Railway Station

This drawing of the Rimini Railway Station shows severe bomb damage, with train carriages and tracks dislodged. In the distance are waves Allied aircraft.

ART25726

Ex-POWs embarking for UK from Celle, Germany

AIF and British Army POWs arriving at Celle Aerodrome, Germany, for transport to England by Australians flying Douglas C-47 Dakota aircraft. A Douglas aircraft can been seen in background, while in the foreground is a German Junkers Ju 188 bomber with its outer wing panels and propellers removed....

ART25728

Night landing, Cesenatico

An aircraft from a Royal Australian Air Force squadron operating over Europe makes a night landing on return to base.

ART25729

No. 454 Squadron Baltimore taking off for night operations

Depicts personnel of No. 454 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force watching, from just outside their tents, a Baltimore bomber aircraft of the Squadron taking off for a night raid over Europe, Cesenatico, Italy 1945.

ART25730

German submarine damaged by bombing, Hamburg

A German submarine damaged by bombing, surrounded by shattered timbers, Blohm Voss shipyard. The city of Hamburg can be seen in the background.

ART25731

Kiwi VADs around the fire

A group of New Zealand VADs sit around a fireplace at a rest camp in Farno, Italy. Standing nearby is the camp chaplain, Bob Davies.

ART25732

Farewells at Eastbourne Station

Australian servicemen are preparing to board a train at Eastbourne Station. They are dressed in slouch hats, military uniforms and overcoats. They carry their kit bags and other belongings.

ART25733

Merchant Navy, Gunlayer

A full length portrait of an unidentified gunlayer working as crew on Merchant Navy ship on war service. He stands with his arms folded and wears an oversized roll-neck jumper.

ART26007

Squadron Leader Jack Doyle

No 450 Squadron; 404604 Squadron Leader Jack Carlisle Doyle, DFC, 450 Squadron, Royal Australian air Force sits in front of an open fireplace for cooking at squadron Rest Camp. A turkey is seen roasting on the spit.

ART26008

Ex-POWs leaving Eastbourne for return to Australia via Liverpool

AIF ex-prisoners of war boarding the train at Eastbourne, England, bound for Liverpool and Australia. Moore was an official war artist who served in New Guinea, the Middle East and Europe before returning to Australia in 1945.

ART26068

RAAF casualty

Depicts an unidentified airman, greatcoat slung over shoulders, wearing vest/singlet, no shirt, Royal Australian Air Force, Italy.

ART26131

Sketch for No. 129

This drawing is a sketch for the final painting 'Anzac Day Service'. It features 464 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force participating in an Anzac Day Service in 1945 at a base outside of Brussels, Belgium. Men are gathered in a large semi-circle, while the Service is being conducted by a...

ART26214

RAAF Fighter bombers close-supporting NZ Infantry passing through Piazza Maggiore

Members of the New Zealand Infantry are marching through a street in the Italian town of Faenza, Italy. They are surrounded by the debris of war, including bomb damaged buildings. Overhead fighter bombers from the Royal Australian Air Force provide close support to the troops.

ART26215

Ex-prisoner of war (Corporal Wickson)

Portrait depicting Corporal Wickson, recovered prisoner of war, 2 AIF.

ART26296

Lieutenant Commander Winston James

Lieutenant Commander Winston Percival James, DSC, RAN. Remarks: Lt Cdr James was selected as a representative of the Navy in the selection of portraits for Vietnam War. Considered to be half length portrait.

ART40865

V2 casualties, Smithfield Market, London

Shows the removal of casualties caused by the explosion of a German V2 rocket in the famous Smithfield Meat Market, London.

ART24365

The wire, Stalag 11B, Fallingbostel

Showing the wire fence around the prisoner of war camp and guard look out tower in Fallingbostel, Germany.

ART25727

Study for 'Blind man in Belsen'

Central figure of a blind man in the concentration camp in Belsen, Germany. In the background are women searching among the corpses. Belsen is the notorious German concentration camp where thousands of civilian internees were the victims of Nazi savagery and inhuman practices. This is a study for...

ART25014

Bomber's moon

Depicts an Avro Lancaster bomber squadron flying over enemy targets. Search lights are directed on the bombers from the ground and they are withstanding heavy anti aircraft fire.

ART27553

Warrant Officer Edward (Jack) Morrison

A three-quarter length portrait of Warrant Officer Edward John (Jack) Morrison DCM and Bar 3 RAR formerly 2/1 Machine Gun Battalion and 2/12 Battalion, later in the Pacific Islands Regiment, Australian Army Training Team Vietnam, in Army uniform. Alan Moore was commissioned to paint portraits of...

ART27633

Baltimores return, 454 Squadron, Italy

Showing unidentified air crews of 454 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force leaving their aircraft after an operational missiong in mid winter. Martin Baltimore aircraft, Falconara Marittima, Italy, Europe.

ART24339

Kittyhawks over mountain, Goodenough Island

Two Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawks from No.75 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, are returning from a fighter patrol to their airfield on Goodenough Island, New Guinea.

ART24331

Servicing a Kittyhawk, Goodenough Island

Fitters of 75th Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force are seen servicing the Squadron's Kittyhawks on the airffield at Goodenough Island, which is to the east of New Guinea in 1944.

ART24332

450 Squadron fitters making tea in the snow, Italy

Depicting a group of unidentified fitters of No.450 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) enjoying a much-needed cup of tea in the snow. Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk are seen in the background of the airfield, Italy.

ART24353

Blind man in Belsen

Figure of a blind man, with head bandaged, walking through the Belsen concentration camp in Germany after liberation.

ART27620

RAAF Kittyhawks bombing Japanese positions

RAAF Kittyhawks bombing Japanese positions. No.76 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fighter bombers were the first aircraft to operate from Monote airstrip, which was captured from the Japanese two days before. Ground crews watch pilots bombing from their camp, which was less than a...

ART22274

Film

With the RAAF in New Guinea

Beaufort bombers of No. 100 Squadron RAAF (Sqn code GH) preparing for a raid against the enemy in the Gasmata area, New Britain; Beauforts taking off in flight and bombing target. The Beauforts were escorted by Spitfire fighters from No. 79 Squadron RAAF (Sqn code UP) and P40 Kittyhawks from No. 77...

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Australian contingent to take part in the victory parade London. Australian contingent film out takes.

This film shows the story of the teo hundred and fifity servicemen and women who were chosen to represent the RAN, AIF and RAAF at the Victory Parade held in London on 8 June 1946. It starts with the AIF contingent being kitted out and training in marching and arms drill at Watsonia Camp, VIC, and...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1914-08-01