Biography

Birth date: 12 October 1915
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Paddington
Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Born Anthony Raftopoulos, Tony Rafty demonstrated an interest in art from an early age. Encouraged by his mother, he spent two years at Sydney Technical College, Darlinghurst; however he was largely self-taught. His first job as a cartoonist was with the sporting paper Referee, after which he joined the Sydney newspaper The Sun (Associated Newspaper group) in 1940.

Rafty enlisted with the Commonwealth Military Forces on 29 December 1941, and was transferred to the Australian Infantry Forces six months later. In early 1943 he was invalided from the Northern Territory and his drawings, done while a hospital patient in Darwin, were seen by the Director General of Medical Services. Rafty was brought to the attention of Lieutenant Colonel Treloar, and a few months later he was transferred to the Military History Section in Melbourne.

After joining the Section, Rafty was employed mainly in connection with the production of the Services Annuals the original drawings he produced for these illustrations are held in the Australian War Memorial s collection. Although employed as an illustrator, Rafty was anxious to work in forward areas. Early in 1944 he was sent to New Guinea, landing at Port Morseby on 16 March. He volunteered to accompany official war artist William Dargie and the 57/60th Battalion on their push through from the Shaggy Ridge area to Bogadjim. At one point during their journey, Dargie and Rafty survived an ambush by the Japanese.

In July 1944 Rafty returned to Australia, landing in Brisbane. Having contracted malaria, he was discharged as medically unfit not long before the war ended. The works he produced in New Guinea, such as Planes dropping supplies, are complemented by drawings of Australian home front subjects following his return, including the Heidelberg hospital in Melbourne (see Recreation on the lawn, Ward 2, Heidelberg Hospital) and the Victory in Europe celebrations in Sydney (see The war ends in Europe).

Rafty returned to part-time employment with The Sun and was sent to Singapore and Borneo as a war artist correspondent, covering the post-war surrender period. In September 1945 he witnessed the surrender of the Japanese in Singapore and recorded the release of Australian POWs from Japanese prison camps, such as Kuching in Borneo. He then visited Java to cover Indonesia s struggle for independence, and arrived in time to witness the battle of Surabaya; he also met and befriended President Sukarno.

During his employment in the Military History Section and later as an official war artist, Rafty created a large body of work for the National Collection. His strengths lay in his good humour and personable nature, revealed through his cartoons and his friendships with people from all walks of life. Later, he was president of the Australian Black and White Artists Club, the Sydney Journalists Club and the War Correspondents Association. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1990 for Cartooning in the media .

Rolls and Awards

Collection Items

Photograph

061777

MELBOURNE, VIC. 1943-12-24. VX39804 LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LT-COL) J. L. TRELOAR, OBE, DIRECTOR OF THE AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY SECTION EXTENDING THE FESTIVE SEASONS GREETINGS TO HIS STAFF AT THE DIRECTORATE HEADQUARTERS. SHOWN ARE: VX39804 LT-COL J. L. TRELOAR, OBE (1); MISS E. SOUTHERN (2);...

061777

062235

QUEENSCLIFF, VIC. 1944-01-01. NX111341 PRIVATE T. RAFTY, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, LAND HEADQUARTERS.

062235

062405

MELBOURNE, VIC. 1943-01-10. NX111341 PRIVATE T. RAFTY, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, LAND HEADQUARTERS.

062405

072865

NEW GUINEA. 1944-05-01. MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY HISTORY SECTION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- NX58247 SERGEANT A. L. FRAZER (1); NX111341 SERGEANT A. RAFTY (2); VX93433 CAPTAIN W. H. DARGIE (3).

072865

073722

KARKAR ISLAND, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-02. TROOPS RESTING IN A DAMAGED MISSION WHICH HAS RECENTLY BEEN CAPTURED BY MEMBERS OF THE 37/52ND INFANTRY BATTALION. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE: SERGEANT RAFTY, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST (1); MR B. BROWN, OFFICIAL WAR PHOTOGRAPHER, DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION (2);...

073722

069202

NEW GUINEA. APRIL, 1944. SERGEANT T. RAFTY, AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY SECTION (1) AND SERGEANT S. O'LEARY, DIRECTORATE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS (2) INSPECTING THE AUSTRALIAN POSITIONS AND FOX HOLES ON SHAGGY RIDGE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BATTLE.

069202

074109

HANSA BAY, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-16. SERGEANT T. RAFTY, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, WATCHING TWO NATIVE LADS TRYING TO START THE MOTOR OF AN ABANDONED JAPANESE MOTOR CYCLE.

074109

074126

HANSA BAY, NEW GUINEA. 1944-06-17. SERGEANT T. RAFTY, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION SKETCHING A PICTURE WHILE IN THE GUN TURRET OF A UNITED STATES NAVY TORPEDO BOAT CRUISING ALONG THE COAST.

074126

072311

YAULA, NEW GUINEA. 1944-04-12. MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY HISTORY SECTION CROSSING THE MINDJIM RIVER BELOW DAMOINA DURING THE ADVANCE OF THE 57/60TH INFANTRY BATTALION TO BOGADJIM. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- SERGEANT A. RAFTY (1); VX93433 CAPTAIN W. DARGIE (2).

072311

071237

MILNE BAY, PAPUA, 1944-03-04. MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY HISTORY SECTION PICTURED ABOARD THE H.T. TAROONA ON ARRIVAL AT MILNE BAY FROM TOWNSVILLE, QUEENSLAND. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE: NX191007 LIEUTENANT E.A.D. WATSON (1); SERGEANT G. BROWNING (2); PRIVATE A. RAFTY (3); NX191070 LIEUTENANT H.A. HANKE...

071237

071238

MILNE BAY, PAPUA, 1944-03-04. MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY HISTORY SECTION PICTURED ABOARD THE H.T. TAROONA ON ARRIVAL AT MILNE BAY FROM TOWNSVILLE, QUEENSLAND. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE: NX191007 LIEUTENANT E.A.D. WATSON (1); SERGEANT G. BROWNING (2); PRIVATE A. RAFTY (3); NX191070 LIEUTENANT H.A. HANKE...

071238

108025

SYDNEY, NSW. 1945-05-14. THE JAPANESE SHIP RAKUYO MARU, TORPEDOED ON 1944-09-12, CARRIED AUSTRALIAN PRISONERS OF WAR (POWS). THE MEN, MEMBERS OF 8TH DIVISION, WERE CAPTURED AT SINGAPORE AND WERE BEING TRANSFERRED TO TOKYO. SURVIVORS WERE RESCUED BY AN AMERICAN SUBMARINE. SHOWN, SERGEANT TONY RAFTY,...

108025

108027

SYDNEY, NSW. 1945-05-14. THE JAPANESE SHIP RAKUYO MARU, TORPEDOED ON 1944-09-12, CARRIED AUSTRALIAN PRISONERS OF WAR. THE MEN, MEMBERS OF 8 DIVISION, WERE CAPTURED AT SINGAPORE AND WERE BEING TRANSFERRED TO TOKYO. SURVIVORS WERE RESCUED BY AN AMERICAN SUBMARINE. SHOWN, SURVIVORS PRIVATE (PTE) R. C....

108027

P00968.001

C.1944. STUDIO PORTRAIT OF NX111341 SERGEANT TONY RAFTY, OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST, MILITARY HISTORY SECTION. (DONOR T. RAFTY)

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P00968.002

BATAVIA, DUTCH EAST INDIES. 1945. NX111341 SERGEANT TONY RAFTY, ARTIST AND CARTOONIST, NOW WITH THE MILITARY HISTORY SECTION, SKETCHING CHILDREN IN THE JAPANESE INTERNMENT CAMP FOR DUTCH WOMEN AND CHILDREN AT TJIDENG, BATAVIA. (DONOR T. RAFTY)

P00968.002

Art

Good-day master

An Australian soldier carrying a rifle and pack is being drenched by heavy rain in Papua New Guinea. A local man walks past using a large banana leaf for shelter from the downpour. This drawing was reproduced in colour in 'As You Were 1950' under the title 'Near Bogadjim'.

ART26817

Home on the sea

A caricature sketch of troops on a barge. Rafty has created a very convivial scene, some sleep while others reading or chat to fellow soldiers; their rifles left on the deck unceremoniously. This is their "home on the sea".

ART26837

Jungle Easter service, Yaula, N.G

Easter service - After consolidating Yaula Hills after heavy fighting, 57/60th Battalion move on to Bogadjim. An unidentified Padre moved from Shaggy Ridge to forward positions giving services to patrol on the track. Early Easter service, one hour later the patrol was back in action against the...

ART26846

POW quarters at Lintang barracks, Kuching

British and Australian P.O.W. quarters at Lintang barracks, Kuching- showing the interior with bunk beds.

ART26848

Military history personnel, Minjim Valley, N. G.

Military history personnel, Capt W Dargie, Sgt T Rafty, C Frazer, Minjim Valley, New Guinea. Captain Dargie sits fully clothed in a stream to cool off. Photographer Frazer watches whilst Rafty drinks from his hat. The personnel were making a return trip to Dumpu after having been with the 57/60...

ART26854

The patrol rests - Australian troops on track approaching Hansa Bay

Australian troops push Japanese from Madang to Hansa Bay along the coast track. 'Hit and run' tactics of the enemy were employed over this 100 mile push. The drawing shows the patrol resting on the track approaching Hansa Bay.

ART26865

U.S.A. Bomber, cripples after an attack on Wewak

A U.S.A. Bomber, crippled after an attack on Wewak crashed into the sea near Karkar Island.

ART26866

Section of dining room, RSL Melbourne

Lodgings and meals are provided for personnel on leave at this hostel, conducted by the Returned Soldiers, Sailors and Airman Imperial League of Australia, St. Kilda Road, Melbourne. Depicts a section of the Dining Room, R.S.L Hostel, Melbourne.

ART25126

Section of "Dugout" canteen for servicemen

Facing the dance hall of this Canteen for Servicemen. It is one of the largest Servicemens' meal spots in Australia. Situated in Swanston Street, Melbourne.

ART25127

Inside the entrance of "Dugout" canteen for servicemen

Just inside the Entrance Hall of this Canteen for Servicemen. It is one of the largest of its kind in Australia. Situated in Swanston Street, Melbourne.

ART25128

Personnel awaiting man-power interview

Personnel for discharge gathering around awaiting an interview with Manpower authorities at General Discharge Depot, Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne. In 1940, the Army used Caulfield Racecourse as a recruiting depot and barracks, but its primary function was as a 'clearing house' for recruits who...

ART25129

Discharge and Medical Disposal Section

Discharge and Medical Disposal Section. At the General Discharge Depot, Caulfield, Melbourne, Victoria. In 1940, the Army used Caulfield Racecourse as a recruiting depot and barracks, but its primary function was as a 'clearing house' for recruits who were put through a medical examination before...

ART25130

Another wing of Medical 2nd Discharge Station

Another wing of Medical 2nd Discharge Station, Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne. In 1940, the Army used Caulfield Racecourse as a recruiting depot and barracks, but its primary function was as a 'clearing house' for recruits who were put through a medical examination before being passed to serve...

ART25131

Resting in the shade

Personnel awaiting instructions at General Discharge Depot, Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne. In 1940, the Army used Caulfield Racecourse as a recruiting depot and barracks, but its primary function was as a 'clearing house' for recruits who were put through a medical examination before being passed...

ART25132

VDC manning a searchlight

On this special exercise, personnel of the Volunteer Defence Corps operated the searchlight to light up the target for 4.7" guns on the coast, Queenscliff, Victoria.

ART25133

4.7" Coastal guns

Manned by personnel of the Volunteer Defence Corps at Queenscliff, Victoria.

ART25134

Four types of VDC (Corporal Tom Goodall, Corporal Joseph Gill and Sergeant Alfred Thomson)

V357389 Corporal Tom Goodall, unidentified, V356444 Corporal Joseph Aloysius Gill, V357842 Sergeant Alfred Thomson, 5th Battalion, Volunteer Defence Corps, Queenscliff, Victoria.

ART25135

Corporal George Haliday

V357200 Corporal George Crompton Haliday, 5th Battalion, Volunteer Defence Corps, Queenscliff, Victoria.

ART25136

Lance Corporal Henry John Dixon

V354744 Lance Corporal Henry John Dixon, 5th Battalion, Volunteer Defence Corps, Queenscliff, Victoria.

ART25137

Tug "Mars" towing target

Personnel of Volunteer Defence Corps look after the tow rope for target being towed for exercise shoot by 4.7 inch coastal guns, also manned by men of the Volunteer Defence Corps for coastal defence, Queenscliff, Victoria.

ART25138

V.D.C R.A.P

Tending to sore feet of members of the Volunteer Defence Corps at the Regimental Aid Post whilst on exercise at Queenscliff, Victoria.

ART25139

VDC personnel on "Mars"

Members of the Volunteer Defence Corps towing in the target on the tug "Mars" at the end of a day's exercise shoot, Queenscliff, Victoria.

ART25140

VDC personnel on "Mars"

Members of the Volunteer Defence Corps towing in the target on the tug "Mars" at the end of a day's exercise shoot, Queenscliff, Victoria.

ART25141

Water truck

Near the 46 mile post. Water would be drawn from pipes 10 miles away and then filled into 44 Gallon drums; a drum placed outside each tent in the area, Darwin.

ART25142

Cricket match, Fawkner Park

On 23 January 1944 the women in the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) held a cricket match, "AWAS Officers vs Other ranks', at Fawkner Park, in Victoria. As an official war artist, Tony Rafty recorded the daily events of service life in Melbourne while he waited to be sent overseas. In this...

ART25143

Batswoman clean bowled at cricket match, Fawkner Park

On 23 January 1944 the women in the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) held a cricket match, 'AWAS Officers vs Other ranks', at Fawkner Park, in Victoria. As an official war artist, Tony Rafty recorded the daily events of service life in melbourne while he waited to be sent overseas. This work...

ART25144

Section of YMCA rooms

In the YMCA soldier's recreation rooms in Sydney Showground. A game of table tennis is in progress and men are waiting at tables provided.

ART25145

Reception - GDD Sydney

The Reception Section, General Discharge Depot, situated in one of the big stalls of Sydney Showground.

ART25146

SS "Katoomba"

Transporting troops from Bowen to Townsville, owing to the flooded Burdekin River preventing rail passage. Troops are seen resting on stern deck.

ART25147

'Bullring', Leave Transit Depot, Exhibition Park, Brisbane

Troops awaiting in bull ring at the leave and transit depot, Brisbane, for movement. In the lower right hand corner of the grand stand is Sergeant-Major who is in charge of the parade and is using a microphone for calling up troops for different units. During the day troops were often seen sitting...

ART25148

Swimming pool

Largely displayed is a notice - "Beware of Sharks. No swimming out-side net". The net is full of holes and falling to pieces. With Women's Service about, togs must be worn, but the togs are of all varieties from underpants to towels, Port Moresby, New Guinea.

ART25149

Douglas C54 troop transport

Plane is refuelling and being overhauled at 7 Mile Drome, while troops shelter under the wing from the sun, waiting to board the plane, Port Moresby, New Guinea.

ART25150

Liberator C87 transport

At 7 Mile Drome, a transport version of the well known bomber. All the armament has been removed.This plane is being loaded with American mail, Port Moresby, New Guinea.

ART25151

Movement Control Office

Movement Control Office for Australian personnel. At Ward's Drome. The personnel are allotted to planes to take them to forward area. In the background Provosts control traffic across the airstrip. Lightning fly over-head and a Douglas transport comes in to land. Everyone wonders if it brings mail...

ART25152

Rifleman's kill

Depicting an incident when a patrol was attacking the Japanese at night on the slopes below Yaula. Q138283, Private J O'Donohue, is seen in position behind a tree whilst N450063, Private S Ralph is behind another tree on his left. The Japanese were moving very cautiously in this area as they were...

ART25153

Planes dropping supplies

Planes dropping supplies to the forward Company at Aiyo, near Bogadjim. This was the only occasion on which supplies were dropped in that operation. Personnel of 57/60th Australian Infantry Battalion as well as natives had to carry all other supplies on foot along a 55 mile Line of Communication,...

ART25155

Sore feet

Troops of the 57/60th Australian Infantry Battalion, members of Lieutenant V Passlow's, MC, platoon having their feet dressed at the Regimental Aid Post after their return from patrol. They had been cut off and had worked their way back through the scrub and over the 3800 Feature to "C" Company...

ART25156

Cleaning weapons

On the Japanese road near Daumoina, New Guinea, members of the platoon command by Lieutenant V Passlow, MC, 57/60th Australian Infantry Battalion, clean their weapons after returning from a 5 -day patrol. The feet of the soldier on the left were so painful that he could not wear boots.

ART25157

Troops resting by Japanese bridge

On the motor road to Bogadjim. The Japanese writing on the post has been interpreted as 'Rami 25', New Guinea.

ART25158

Troops on Bogadjim Road

Troops of 57/60th Australian Infantry Battalion stop to look at a Japanese carving in the rock, which means "National Strength and Solidarity", Bogadjim Road, New Guinea.

ART25159

Stretcher party moving over a landslide

NX87474 Sergeant Newman was among a party who were ambushed, four being wounded. An armed party from "C"Coy at Daumoina, 57/60th Australian Infantry Battalion set off into enemy territory to bring in the wounded. The wounded were brought back during the night which was very hazardous trying to walk...

ART25160

Wireless Telegraphist Operator on Douglas Transport (H T Mozeley)

Royal Australian Air Force, No 55 Transport Carrier Squadron, 375 Group; Wireless Telegraphy Operator H T Mozelay, 55 Tspt Sqdn, RAAF; in Douglas transport aircraft.

ART25161

Lost patrol returns

Lieutenant V. Passlow's patrol, returning at night to "C" Company Headquarters, 57/60th Australian Infantry Battalion after being cut off and making their way back through the scrub. The men have collapsed outside the Signal tent and the signaller sends a message to appraise Battalion Headquarters...

ART25162

Stretcher case reaching A.D.S

On several occasions the wounded had to be brought by natives from the forward companies, from beyond Yaula to Saipa. The journey took about 14 hours. The carriers would be changed at Yaula, thus keeping the wounded men moving without any delay. A soldier with an Owen gun turns to watch a stretcher...

ART25163

Mud track, USA Camp

The 162 Ordnance Medium Maintenance, U.S.A, situated near Launch Jetty, Finschhafen, New Guinea. A few minutes rain and the tracks would become a sea of mud. The sketch gives us an impression of a jeep slogging it's way through the watery mud midst the coconut grove.

ART25164

Unloading barges

Section showing where the landing barges pulled in to unload their cargo. As the wharf was wrecked by bombing, the Liberty ships were unloaded onto these barges in the Bay. The 7th Australian Docks Operating Company did an excellent job, working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, moving cargo. The...

ART25165

The night before Karkar Island landing

QX6239 Major E.G. Green, commanding "B" Company, 37/52nd Australian Infantry Battalion, always saw that the lads broke the monotony by arranging sing songs among themselves. Besides the community singing, lads would also give solo items. The beam of a torch would be put on to the lad as he gave his...

ART25166

Unloading Liberty ships

The no.7 Docks Operating Company, Royal Australian Engineers, worked 24hour shifts unloading the Liberty ships, and the Commanding Officer Major R.A Bruce can be given credit for the magnificent work of unloading supplies and equipment urgently needed in the occupation of Madang. This sketch shows...

ART25167

Shaggy Ridge

View showing Shaggy Ridge from forward sniper's position, captured by a platoon led by Lieutenant H. Potter of "A" Company, 2/9th Australian Infantry Battalion. From the foreground of the sketch, Potter's platoon advanced to Intermediate Pimple, after the bombardment by P40s. Another platoon led by...

ART25168

Dogamuir Bay

The 4th Australian Infantry Battalion landed on Dogamuir Bay to relieve the 35th Australian Infantry Battalion. Drawing shows movement of the troops from barge, also a Stinson Cub aircraft taking off from the beach. The "Cub" was on it's way to Saidor to pick up one of the Indian prisoners-of-war...

ART25169

Troops unloading supplies

Troops of 4th Australian Infantry Battalion, 5th Australian Division moved up the coast from Alexishafen to the Sarang Passage. From here this Battalion attacked Karkar Island, Sarang Passage, New Guinea.

ART25170

Troops aboard the 'Taroona'

Troops would, on all occasions whilst on board, carry their "Mae West" (life jackets). Sketch from the aft deck showing US and Australian troops as the ship slowly approaches the jetty at Milne Bay, New Guinea.

ART25171

Coastal defence

Personnel of 7th Australian Infantry Battalion, Moreton Bay, Queensland.

ART25173

Japanese prisoner

A Japanese prisoner with Australian soldiers and planes and a local man in Papua New Guinea.

ART25174

Bombers pass over

Boston bombers returning from a mission in the Wewak area, pass over Dumpu Strip in the Ramu Valley on their return to base, New Guinea.

ART25175

13 Aust. Pers. staging camp

Section of camp facing Headquarters parade ground. Most personnel moving from New Guinea would be staged here, Oonoonba, Queensland.

ART25176

5 Division Headquarters at Madang

On the occupation, 5 Division Headquarters moved into Madang. Here is shown the first troops with supplied landing on the coral jetty. An upturned Japanese craft is seen in the foreground. The Japanese also used this area as a Headquarters, Madang, New Guinea.

ART25177

HQ, 2/9th Australian Infantry Battalion

Headquarter 2/9th Australian Infantry Battalion at McCullogh's Post at the foot of Shaggy Ridge. "A", "D" and "C" Companies were on top. "A" Company attacked along the top of ridge and a few days later, Battalion Headquarters shifted up to Prothero at the other end of the ridge. Sketch shows weary...

ART25178

17 Mile Darland Drome

17 Mile, Darland Drome. One of the first strips used in the Por Moresby area. As other strips were opened up, its full use was gradually thinned, Port Moresby, New Guinea.

ART25179

Troops resting

Troops resting at an encampment on a hill. Some are wearily walking up the hill towards the encampment carrying rifles.

ART25180

Interior of Douglas transport

Sketch shows the interior of no.117 Douglas C47 transport.

ART25181

Coastal watchers at dawn

Coastal watchers at dawn.

ART25182

Volunteer Defence Corps wireless lecture

Sketch shows members of Volunteer Defence Force receiving lecture on wireless telegraphy, Port Phillip, Melbourne.

ART25183

British Centre (British WRENS, VAD Joan Farquharson and VAD Katherine Elwood)

The British Centre provided entertainment and meals for the large forces of British personnel who were in Australia. The two British WRENS seated at the table had only been in Australia for two days. From left to right;- seated, Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) Joan Farquharson (Glamis, Scotland), ...

ART25184

Section of Tulloch Ship Yards

Showing workmen at the stern of one of the "Lighters ships". The huge crane which moved between the ships under construction, would be constantly seen moving huge sections of the ship into position. The ship is blocked up, and when launched, a tractor gives the necessary push to start the huge ship...

ART25186

Members of crew of Queenborough

Crew of HMS Queenborough working on the destroyer during refitting. From left to right; AB F. Pritchard (Newport, South Wales), AB D. Clapham (Yorkshire), AB E.F. Hagan (Birkenhead), Garden Island, Sydney Harbour.

ART25191

Working crew on capstan

On board HMS Queenborough, a British destroyer being refitted at Garden Island, Sydney. Shows the crew working on capstan while ship at Garden Island for refitting.

ART25192

Hangar at Qantas Airways

This work depicts a section of a Qantas hangar at Rose Bay, Sydney. Workers are assembling a Seagull plane (Vickers submarine amphibious) used for reconnaissance, sea rescue and training.

ART25193

The Dope Room (Norma Brennan, Esme Spray, Jenny Reid and Ruth Wiseman)

This work depicts the Dope Room at Qantas Airways in Rose Bay, Sydney. Here the doping of the fabric section of an aircraft is done by girls. Left to right- Norma Brennan is doping an aileron (a hinged control section on an aircraft wing used to control roll), Esme Spray is tapering an aileron,...

ART25194

Chee Yuen Chung

A 19 year old Chinese taken by the Japanese from Rabaul, eventually, to Hansa Bay. When the 4th Australian Infantry Battalion arrived and picked up the Chinese, Chee Yuen Chung was able to give much valuable information. The writing on the sketch was done by the lad and means "under the iron paws...

ART25195

Sunderland overhaul

Section showing Sunderland flying boat during overhauling at Qantas Airways. A Seagull plane is on the left and another can be seen outside the hangar, Sydney.

ART25197

Arrival of the Duke of Gloucester (Mr Ross Wood (Fox Movietone Cameraman) and Petty Officer Alex Stewart)

Arrival of the Duke of Gloucester. HRH The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester approaching Man O' War Steps, Sydney Harbour, in the Admiral's Barge. A British cruiser lies in the roadstead surrounded by all types of craft loaded with cheering crowds as the barge sped to the wharf. In the foreground are...

ART25198

"Carry your kit bag, Dig?"

Depicts a sketch of two soldiers marching into the Sydney Showground with a small group of boys offering to carry their kit bags for them.

ART25199

Night loading scene

Unloading of supplies at Dogomuer Bay, 6th Battalion, 8th Brigade, 5th Division on the advance to Hansa Bay, Wewak, Madang, New Guinea.

ART25200

HRH Duchess of Gloucester opens Captain Cook Dock, Sydney

HRH Duchess of Gloucester opens Captain Cook Dock, Sydney.

ART25201

HRH The Duke of Gloucester meets the Acting Prime Minister

HRH The Duke of Gloucester meets the Acting Prime Minister. Mr F Forde welcomes TRH The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester on their arrival at Man O'War Steps, Sydney Harbour. The Duke had come to Australia to take up the position of Governor-General.

ART25202

CP6 R. Burgess, Royal Navy (one of the Old Submariners)

Portrait of Chief Petty R Burgess, Royal Navy.

ART25203

Lieutenant V A Cox, RNVR

Portrait of Lieutenant V A Cox, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve (RNVR), with Franklin Roosevelt at the White House, Washington, DC.

ART25204

S R Tozer, Skipper, HMS Golden Hind

Portrait dep Skipper R Tozer, Royal Navy, HMS Golden Hind.

ART25205

Lieutenant Commander Bryan Westwood, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve

Portrait depicting Lieutenant Commander Bryan Westwood, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve; RNVR, Fleet Photo Reconnaissance.

ART25206

Women correspondents interview Surgeon Commander D Steele - Perkins and Royal Navy Sisters of Navy Evacuation Unit, at 'Fleet's In' Club

Royal Navy, Royal Navy Evacuation Unit; two unidentified women journalists interviewing three unidentified RN Sisters and Surgeon Commander D D Steele-Perkins, of RN Evacuation Unit.

ART25207

A bed patient reading

Scene in 12 Camp Hospital, Showground, Sydney.

ART25208

V-E Day celebrating

Macquarie Place, Sydney. This historic anchor belonged to HMS Sirius, which convoyed the first fleet to Australia, 13th May, 1787, arriving in Sydney January 1788.

ART25209

The war ends in Europe

VE Day (Victory in Europe) celebrations in Martin Place.

ART25210

Opening of Parlliament, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester

Opening of Parlliament, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Canberra.

ART28457

Section of Engine Room Control (Bob Steere, RAN, J Morehead and T Edderson)

Royal Australian Navy, HMS Queenborough; left to right: Bob Steere, RAN, fitter, attached to Garden Island dockyard, J Morehead RN (of Ballymena, Northern), and T Edderson, RN, (of Leeds); testing oil pressure in destroyer.

ART25850

Private P Smith

Portrait depicting Private P Smith, 2/19th Australian Infantry Battalion, survivor of Rokyu Maru, Japanese transport taking prisoners-of-war to Japan.

ART25851

Drawing for headpiece for 'Adventure in the A.A.M.W.S.' in 'Jungle Warfare' 1944

The main drawing in the upper left corner shows a nurse scrubbing a hospital floor, and she is imagining a medic on the front line carrying a soldier with a pack and rifle through the jungle. The smaller drawing in the lower right corner show a pen and pen stand with a sealed 'Application for...

ARTI00002.A

Gracie Fields entertaining patients, Concord 1945

Gracie Fields entertaining patients at Concorde Hospital in 1945.

ART92148

Mrs. Cook (instructress) poses for patients in modelling class, Concorde 1945

Mrs Cook poses for patients in modelling class at Concorde Hospital in 1945.

ART92149

Occupational therapy (working looms), Sydney

Occupational therapy patients working looms.

ART92150

Red Cross Day visitors distributing comfort parcels, Concorde, 1945

Red Cross Day visitors distributing comfort parcels at Concorde Hospital, Sydney, in 1945.

ART92151

Recreation on the lawn, Ward 2, Heidelberg Hospital

Patients at Heidelberg Hospital enjoying recrational activities on the lawn.

ART92152

Occupational therapy, Heidelberg Hospital

Patients participating in occupational therapy activities at Heidelberg Hospital in 1944.

ART92153

Patients resting in the sun, Ward 1, Heidelberg Hospital

Patients resting in the sun, Ward 1, Heidelberg Hospital, 1945.

ART92154

The barber comes to the ward Ward 10, Heidelberg Hospital

The barber visting Ward 10 at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital in 1945.

ART92155

Drawing for illustration in 'Jungle Warfare' 1944

A series of vignettes about life as a soldier serving in the Pacific. The five themes are: souveniring, Japanese flags, watching movies in the wet, paddling through floods, growing a beard to play 'father christmas'.

ARTI03214

"Booby trap...d'yer reckon?" drawing for an illustration in 'Khaki and Green' 1943

Two soldiers looking in bewilderment at a Christmas pudding sitting on a wall. War damaged buildings, tanks and soldiers in background.

ARTI03472

"M.E. Daze" drawing for illustration in 'Khaki and Green' 1943

Series of four vignettes: A boxing match on a ship, soldiers washing in the desert, soldier riding a motorcycle in the desert, Australian soldiers in Egypt.

ARTI03478

"Isn't that the M.P. that ran you in Sydney?" drawing for illustration in 'Khaki and Green' 1943

A military policeman being chased down a street in Egypt by two soldiers in a tank.

ARTI03486

Drawing for headpiece for 'Robbie was a chameleon' in 'Khaki and Green' 1943

A soldier sleeping in a tent, with a lamp beside his bed and a chameleon on his pillow catching flies.

ARTI03490

"Blast!" drawing for illustration in 'Khaki and Green' 1943

A soldier holding his rifle and helmet has been blasted into the air by an explosion.

ARTI03492

Drawing for illustration for 'Robbie was a Chameleon' in 'Khaki and Green' 1943

Two men looking at a chameleon swimming in a sink full of water.

ARTI03493

"Of course if we had a bulldozer we could dig them out." drawing for illustration in 'Khaki and Green' 1943

A soldier in a moving tank with two rabbits tied to the gun barrel by their ears.

ARTI03496

Drawing for headpiece for 'Mess etiquette for A.A.M.W.S.' in 'Khaki and Green' 1943

A group of AAMWS women are seated around a table in the mess in their uniforms and are shocked by the appearance of one of their members in her dressing gown and slippers.

ARTI03512

Alternative drawing for headpiece for 'Mess etiquette for A.A.M.W.S.'- unpublished

A group of AAMWS women are seated around a table in the mess in their uniforms and are shocked by the appearance of one of their members in her dressing gown and slippers.

ARTI03513

"Say! I must get one of those for the wife." drawing for illustration in 'Khaki and Green' 1943

A man in uniform and an Aboriginal man holding spears look on as another man in uniform is hit on the head by a boomerang.

ARTI03515

"What, no lather?" drawing for illustration in 'Khaki and Green' 1943

A soldier, ready to have his beard clipped and shaven, is sitting on a box of bully beef. He is startled to see the man who is going to clip his beard approaching with a hand held mower. There is a palm tree in the background.

ARTI03517

"Wouldn't it... the shower's run dry" drawing for illustration in 'Khaki and Green' 1943

Two soldiers undressed are about to have a shower, using water from a water tank. They are in the jungle and it is pouring with rain.

ARTI03520

"It's alright... Shorty's just behind you" drawing for illustration in 'Khaki and Green' 1943

Four soldiers in helmets and wet weather gear are wading through reedy water, a fifth soldier in the middle named 'Shorty' is fully submerged with only his rifle tip showing above the water.

ARTI03524

"It's no good Gus, they've got too much start" drawing for illustration in 'Khaki and Green' 1943

Two stereotyped Japanese soldiers running from a bullet fired by two Australian soldiers hiding in the jungle.

ARTI03529

Drawing for headpiece for 'Xmas picnic at Casey's lagoon' in 'Khaki and Green' 1943

In the upper left a group of soldiers have been disturbed by a running race, and in the foreground an Aboriginal man is chasing a lizard.

ARTI03534

Drawing for headpiece for 'The R.A.N. at Papua' in 'H.M.A.S. Mk. II' 1943

A naval battle scene, with a person manning an anti-aircraft gun in the foreground, and two ships, three planes and an explosion in the background.

ARTI03564

Drawing for illustration for 'The R.A.N. at Papua' in 'H.M.A.S. Mk. II' 1943

Japanese troops and tank landing in barges at Papua New Guinea and coming ashore, walking into the jungle carrying supplies.

ARTI03565

Drawing for illustration for 'The R.A.N. at Papua' in 'H.M.A.S. Mk. II' 1943

One man looks out from a ship with binoculars, white four other men gather around an anti-aircraft gun.

ARTI03566

Drawing for illustration for 'The R.A.N. at Papua' in 'H.M.A.S. Mk. II' 1943

Five planes battle mid-flight, one in the foreground is billowing smoke and nose diving.

ARTI03567

Drawing for illustration for 'Camooflarge' in 'H.M.A.S. Mk. II' 1943

A man painting camouflage on the side of a ship, suspended by a rop and wooden seat.

ARTI03570

Drawing for headpiece for 'Cameos of the little ships' in 'H.M.A.S. Mk. II' 1943

A group of ships at sea in battle, one ship in the mid-ground is sinking.

ARTI03573

"Of course, as you know, three-fifths of the earth's surface is water." drawing for illustration in 'H.M.A.S. Mk II' 1943

Sailor speaking to soldier in desert, three vehicles in background driving over sand dunes.

ARTI03574

Drawing for illustration for 'All the nice girls...' poem in 'H.M.A.S. Mk. II' 1943

Four glamorous women gathered around a sailor in uniform, with an angry man in a business suit in the distance.

ARTI03577

Drawing for illustration for 'All the nice girls...' poem in 'H.M.A.S. Mk. II' 1943

A sailor in uniform sitting with his head in his hands, and a frown on his face. To his left is an imagination bubble with an image of him and a beautiful woman.

ARTI03578

Drawing for illustration for 'All the nice girls...' poem in 'H.M.A.S. Mk. II' 1943

A sailor and young woman. His right arm is around her shoulders and her left arm is around his waist and their free hands are clasped at the front.

ARTI03579

Drawing for headpiece for '-Twirps, one, for the use of-' in 'H.M.A.S. Mk II' 1943

Two men wearing helmets on the deck of a ship watch as another ship in the distance is bombarded by planes. One plan crashes into the sea.

ARTI03580

"Navy daze" drawing for illustration in 'H.M.A.S. Mk. II' 1943

Depicts a series of cartoon vignettes about the perils of Navy life during the Second World War. The cartoon appeared in the magazine "H.M.A.S. Mk II" in 1943.

ARTI03582

[Brig. W.J.U. Windyer CBE DSO and Staff of 20th Bde interrogating Col. Aikyo after his surrender of troops of northern Sarawak. Kuala Balait. Borneo]

Brigadier W.J.U. Windyer C.B.E. D.S.O. and staff of 20th Brigade interrogating Colonel Aikyo after his surrender of troops of northern Sarawak, Borneo. The two Japanese officers are Lt. Tanabe and Col. Aikyo, commander of troops in Northern Sarawak. The other men left to right are Lt. Col. Colvin...

ARTI03597

Drawing for headpiece for 'This leave business' in 'Jungle Warfare' 1944

Soldiers on leave walking down Spencer Street in groups past a military policeman, carrying their rifles and kit bags.

ARTI00005.B

Drawing for headpiece for 'Deal in flags' in 'Jungle Warfare' 1944

Two running figures of soldiers in the foreground and two silhouettes of running figures in the distance.

ARTI00008.A

Drawing for illustration for 'Deal in flags' in 'Jungle Warfare' 1944

Two soldiers who were selling Japanese flags have been roughed up by other angry soldiers, some who are walking away, one who stays to tell them off.

ARTI00008.B

Drawing for illustration for 'Deal in flags' in 'Jungle Warfare' 1944

Four Australian soldiers holding and discussing some Japanese flags. One soldier is sitting on a log and there are palm trees in the distance.

ARTI00008.E

Drawing for headpiece for 'Nuts' in 'Jungle Warfare' 1944

A group of men, women and one soldier crowd around a post office counter at Christmas time. The soldier is talking with the woman behind the counter, and all of the people look harried and anxious.

ARTI00012.B

Drawing for headpiece for 'Skipper' in 'Jungle Warfare' 1944

A dog has upset a bottle of ink and a pile of papers including a calendar.

ARTI00013.A

Drawing for illustration for 'Skipper' in 'Jungle Warfare' 1944

A cartoonish train track seen from above with Australian scenes along the line.

ARTI00013.B

Drawing for headpiece for 'Fitters keep them rolling' in 'Jungle Warfare' 1944

Silhouettes of three tanks moving through a war-torn landscape.

ARTI00016.D

"We're on the good road now!" drawing for illustration for 'Hands up!' in 'Jungle Warfare' 1944

Two soldiers are driving along a flooded road in a jeep. There is a sign pointing to 'Swanston St.', and it is pouring with rain.

ARTI00024.C

Drawing for headpiece for 'Picnic races- North Australia' in 'Jungle Warfare' 1944

A group of soldiers cheering on a race between three Aboriginal jockeys on horseback.

ARTI00024.D

(Sally's coffee stall) drawing for illustration in 'Jungle Warfare' 1944

Series of vignettes about two soldiers trecking through New Guinea looking for a coffee stall.

ARTI00027

"He always wears that in case he falls" drawing for illustration for 'Battle for Wau' in 'RAAF Log' 1943

Five men are working on an twin engined propeller driven airplane. One of the men, who is on top of the plane has an umbrella tied to his waist. There is a second airplane flying in the background.

ARTI00034

"RAAF Daze" drawing for illustration in 'RAAF Log' 1943

Four humorous cartoons depicted of RAAF personnel. In the first a large woman in uniform is yelling at a senior officer who is of small stature. In the second, a seaplane is coming into land and one of the crew has dropped an anchor and rope from the nose opening. The third cartoon shows an angry...

ARTI00035

[HMAS Mk II poster design]

Recto: A sailor is leaning through a life buoy ring with a copy of HMAS MkII in his extended hands. At the bottom of the image a service woman is giving a book to an older couple and a small girl. Verso: A Santa with a rifle with a pile of books is talking with a soldier.

ARTI00080

Drawing for illustration for 'Exercise finished....!' in 'On Guard' 1944

A soldier crawling through long grass with a rifle with a bayonet attached.

ARTI00097.C

"V.D.C. Daze" drawing for illustration in 'On Guard' 1944

A series of five humorous cartoons. The first one shows four men in a bathroom. Two watch on as the man who is shaving speaks to a large, angry bald man who is about to leave. In the second cartoon two men are on a steel girder being hoisted above a high construction site. The third depicts a...

ARTI00098

Drawing for headpiece for 'When I first put this uniform on ..' in 'On Guard' 1944

A father at home wearing his full Volunteer Defence Corps uniform and kit is lunging with his bayonet at a mirror while his wife and three young children watch in dismay.

ARTI00099.B

"Page from a sketchbook, V.D.C." drawing for illustration in 'On Guard' 1944

The page is filled with small sketches of soldier figures and portraits of soldiers from the Volunteer Defence Corps.

ARTI00100.C

"Hey, Blue, hand me the 303" drawing for illustration for 'As You Were' 1949

A humorous drawing of two Australian soldiers that are fishing from a small wooden boat. One soldier asks the other to pass him a rifle that is resting in the boat- his intent is to shoot the fish that he cannot catch. This drawing was reproduced as an illustration in 'As You Were' 1949.

ARTI00397

Drawing for illustration for 'Concerning P/V chains and Sampson posts!' in 'H.M.A.S. Mk. III' 1944

A small view of a Captain and two sailors aboard a ship.

ARTI00540

"No astra today, boys ... just ardua" drawing for illustration in 'RAAf Log' 1943

Four ground crew pushing against the wings of a plane. Palm trees in the background.

ARTI00618

Drawing for headpiece for 'Adrift'- unpublished

Four men at a shipping yard. One sailor is poking another man in the belly with a bayonet.

ARTI00723

Drawing for headpiece for 'They lapped it up!' in 'On Guard' 1943

Men with spades watching with astonishment a man walking along with an oversized bottle of milk.

ARTI00736

"These V.D.C. blokes make me see green." drawing for illustration in 'On Guard' 1944

A bull charging a group of three soldiers, who are running away.

ARTI00739

"Living off the land!! I'll make you live off the mantelpiece." drawing for illustration in 'On Guard' 1944

A soldier running away with a chicken he has stolen from a farm. The farmer follows close behind with a shot gun.

ARTI00741

"It's no raid - he's only swallowed the ruddy whistle." drawing for illustration in 'On Guard' 1944

One soldier bounds over a fence into a field, two other soldiers watch from behind the fence as a fourth soldier in the field seems to be in trouble. He has swallowed a whistle.

ARTI00743

"I wouldn't mind dying if there wasn't so much effort to it!"- unpublished

Two Australian soldiers resting on the ground in a hilly landscape with their packs and rifles thrown aside. A plane in the distance.

ARTI01314

"It'll be crook when the rainy season sets in next month." drawing for illustration

Two soldiers in helmets and wet weather gear, driving a jeep through flooded jungle area, with rain.

ARTI02447

At times you don't know what you say

Australian propaganda posters during the Second World War were used to instil anti-Japanese attitudes. Using racial stereotypes and derogatory humour the posters harboured fear and caution amongst Australian society. Original drawing for an Australian Second World War poster warning servicemen...

ARTV05974

Why no one tella us something?

Australian propaganda posters during the Second World War were used to instil anti-Japanese attitudes. Using racial stereotypes and derogatory humour the posters harboured fear and caution amongst Australian society. Original drawing for an Australian Second World War poster warning servicemen...

ARTV05975

At times you don't know what you say

Australian propaganda posters during the Second World War were used to instil anti-Japanese attitudes. Using racial stereotypes and derogatory humour the posters harboured fear and caution amongst Australian society. Original drawing for an Australian Second World War poster warning servicemen...

ARTV05495

Rescued POWs broadcast to Australia

Surrounded by released POWs, ABC war correspondent Talbot Duckmanton holds the microphone while NX56669 Sgt Blain, 2/12th Field Coy, RAE, with Sgt Frank Martin and S/Sgt Joe James, sends a message to Australia from Morotai. This was the first time that POWs had broadcast after being rescued. The...

ART26826

POWs released from Ambon broadcasting messages home

A recording is made of the grim ordeals of Ambon by a lieutenant of the 2/21st Battalion and an A.B.C. representative. Talbot Duckmanton interviews the released P.O.W.s on the 12th of September 1945 in Morotai.

ART90123

Two types of workmen

Typical workmen at the construction of the Dry Dock at Garden Island, Sydney.

ART25196

HMS "Queenborough" at Sydney

HMS Queenborough at Sydney. British destroyer at Garden Island for refitting. Workmen from the Island and the crew are busy at work on the searchlight, Sydney.

ART25190

Welder at work

Study of a welder at work on a section of a ship at Tulloch's Ship Yards, Rhodes, Sydney.

ART25188

Grinding and welding

Grinding and welding being performed on section of a ship's hull at Tulloch's Shipbuilding Yards, Rhodes, Sydney.

ART25185

Tulloch's Ship Yards

There are three lines of Launching-rails, each having three ships under construction. The large crane in the foreground is used to place sections of the ships into position, Tulloch's Ship Yards, Rhodes, Sydney.

ART25187

Japanese bomber down

Japanese bomber down, Madang, New Guinea.

ART25172

Timeline

Date of birth 1915-10-12
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1942-07-11
Date of discharge 1945-08-13