Biography

Birth date: 18 April 1902
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Geelong
Death date: 26 July 1966
Death place: Australia: Queensland
Final rank: Captain
Service number: VX138661 (V144618) - Second World War, 1939-1945

Born in Geelong, Victoria in 1902, Ralph Malcolm Warner studied commercial art at Geelong, Melbourne and Sydney Technical schools. He began his career in 1926, working as an advertising artist and illustrator, but also produced watercolors and etchings, which he exhibited at commercial galleries in Melbourne. As a watercolorist, Warner was self-taught and developed a firm, controlled style.

In 1941, Warner was called up for military service and worked for the Australian Army's Southern Command as a camoflaguer. During 1942, he was transferred to the Military Intelligence Corps. There he used his skills as a commercial artist, producing posters that urged Australians to observe the requirements of wartime security. They were widely displayed in shops, hotels, railway stations, public thoroughfares and in military establishments.

Appointed an Official War Artist in 1943, Warner covered the activities of the RAAF in Canada, the United States and the Bahamas. His first mission, however, was a brief visit to Papua New Guinea, where he recorded Australian operations against the Japanese. His landscapes of war in the tropics were subsequently published in two servicemen's Christmas books. Arriving in Canada in July 1944, he began a six-month tour of the region, visiting 24 airstations from Calgary, Alberta in the west to Greenwood, Nova Scotia in the east. Despite conditions that included freezing temperatures and troubles in obtaining art supplies, Warner completed nearly 100 watercolors. His major assignment as a war artist was to record the activities of Australian airmen training in Canada under the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS). Established in 1939, EATS coordinated air training across the British Empire, with the most advanced training being undertaken in Canada. During his time in Canada, Warner recorded the activities of the training scheme, as well as depicting Canada's changing landscape from summer through autumn and into winter. His images of buildings, landscapes, planes in flight, servicemen and snow scenes are both documentary and expressive, revealing a strong sense of colour and design.

The difficulties of busy airstations, extreme cold and constant movement meant he had to adapt his technique to a less spontaneous style than that of his Australian works. In Canada, Warner made drawings and notes outdoors, finishing his works indoors, often in hotel rooms. Before returning to Australia in February 1945, a number of his paintings were exhibited with works by another Australian war artist, Dennis Adams, at the Canadian National Gallery in Ottawa.

Back in Australia, Warner continued to work as a war artist, touring country areas of New South Wales and Victoria to record the civil and industrial war effort and food production. After the Second World War, Warner made a successful return to commercial art, designing posters, murals and postage stamps and illustrating books. During the 1950s, he gained a reputation as an outstanding watercolourist, winning many prizes.

The Australian War Memorial has 208 of Warner's works in its collection.

Rolls and Awards

Collection Items

Art

Avro Anson trainers near Rockies

Avro Anson trainers being flown by RAAF personnel near the Canadian Rockies, a short distance from Calgary. Ralph Malcolm Warner was appointed Official War Artist in 1943, covering the activities of the RAAF in Canada, United States and the Bahamas. His first mission was in Papua New Guinea...

ART21280

Charging coke ovens, Steelworks, Newcastle

Coke is indispensable to the manufacture of steel and vast quantities of coal is coked daily at the steelworks of Broken Hill Proprietary. The charger filled with fine coal moves along the top of the coke ovens and deposits the coal through charge holes into the fierce heat of the oven compartment...

ART21941

No. 3 Service Flying Training School, Calgary

Personnel from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) undergoing training at No. 3 Service Flying Training School, Calgary, Alberta, within a few miles of the famed Canadian Rockies, the mountains in the background partly hidden by a heavy rainstorm. Ralph Malcolm Warner was appointed Official War...

ART21951

RAAF Personnel arriving at Banff on leave

Banff National Park was a favourite leave centre for trainees of the Royal Australian Air Force undergoing their training in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, which made up No.4 Training Command of the Empire Air Training Scheme. Summer and Winter, a constant stream of trainees arrived at...

ART21953

Navigation flight near Calgary, Alberta

A familiar sight to many trainee pilots of the Royal Australian Air Force completing their service flying training of No.3 Service Flying Training School under the Empire Air Training Scheme, Alberta, Canada. Ralph Malcolm Warner was appointed Official War Artist in 1943, covering the activities of...

ART21955

Drogue plane takes off for gunnery practice

A Lysander plane taking off at No.2 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mossbank. Lysander's where used as drogue-towing planes for air gunnery practice by trainees under the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) by which many Australian airmen were trained in Canada. Ralph Malcolm Warner joined the Army in...

ART21956

Bow river, Banff

Royal Australian Air Force trainees in Canada under the Empire Air Training Scheme on leave at Banff, going canoeing on the Bow River. Portion of the Canadian Rockies can be seen in the background. Ralph Malcolm Warner was appointed Official War Artist in 1943, covering the activities of the RAAF...

ART21958

Coast of New Brunswick

Atlantic weather rolls in over the coast as New Brunswick is reached on a flight from No.8 Operational Training Unit, Greenwood, Nova Scotia. The Unit is part of the Empire Air Training Scheme under which many personnel of the Royal Australian Air Force received flying training in Canada. Ralph...

ART21961

Chinook, Calgary, Canada

The Chinook is a warm wind which periodically blows over the Rockies and rapidly raises the temperature, melting the snow in a few days. The warm wind pushes back the cold air and snow cloud and forms what is called a 'Chinook arch' in the sky. The temperature in Calgary can rise from 30 degrees...

ART21963

Fog bank across the prairie

Warm and cold fronts moving across the prairies produce many varied flying conditions. Vast fog-banks, looking like a mountain range, move majestically along, casting gloomy shadows ahead as the sun gets lower. Flying has to be 'washed' until the front passes. In these areas are a number of flying...

ART21965

On leave, Banff

Banff in the Canadian Rockies, was a favourite leave haunt of the Royal Australian Air Force training in Alberta and Sadkatchewan under the Empire Air Training Scheme, and in Summer, canoeing on the Bow River which had an irresistable attraction.

ART21970

Low level bombing training, Harvards No. 6 S.F.T.S. Dunnville

Harvard aircraft from No.6 Service Flying Training School, Dunnville at bombing practice on an island target bombing range. Cross bearings taken from two huts at 90 degrees from the target give accurate readings as to the position of the bomb bursts. The training school is operated under the Empire...

ART21973

First colours of fall

The first pale yellow of fall begin to tint the hills of Ontario. The Avro Ansons in the picture are from a nearby training unit of the Empire Air Training Scheme which has brought many Australians to Canada training.

ART21978

Farmyard, Rivers

An Avro Anson aircraft taking off on a training flight over a farmyard with hay stacks in foreground. The training flight is part of the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS), Central Navigation School at Rivers, in Manitoba, Canada.

ART21980

Ansons on the Tarmac

Avro Anson training planes at No.10 Air Observers School, a unit of the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS), through which many trainees of the Royal Australian Air Force passed, on the tarmac ready to take off. The red flag on the control tower indicates left hand circuits will be flown,Chatham, New...

ART21983

Mosquito takes off, Greenwood, Nova Scotia

A Mosquito plane takes off on an operational training flight from No. 8 Operational Training Unit, Greenwood, Nova Scotia. Royal Australian Air Force trainees under the Empire Air Training Scheme are training in this Unit. Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902-1966) was appointed Official War Artist in 1943,...

ART21984

Hurricanes over Saquenay River

Depicts a Hawker Hurricane aircraft over Saquenay River, Quebec. Many RAAF servicemen took part in the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS), No 1 Operational Training Unit at Calgary, Canada.

ART21988

Guard house, Saquenay

Depicts the gateway and guard house at No 1 Operational Training Unit, Saquenay, Quebec, Canada, where RAAF personnel received flying training under the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS).

ART21990

Harvard conversion flight

An AT6 Harvard training aircraft from No.3 Services Flying Training School, on a flight over the Canadian Rocky Mountains, engaged on a conversion flight of the Empire Air Training Scheme under which many personnel of the Royal Australian Air Force were trained in Canada.

ART21997

Canadian Fall, near Ottawa

Depicting the many colours which Autumn brings to the landscape of Canada. A scene typical of many witnessed by trainees of the Royal Australian Air Force who sojourned in Canada whilst training under the Empire Air Training Scheme. Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902-1966) was appointed Official War Artist...

ART21998

Unloading stores and equipment, Moresby

A view of the jetty, unloading stores and equipment, Port Moresby. Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902-1966) was appointed Official War Artist in 1943, covering the activities of the RAAF in Canada, United States and the Bahamas. His first mission was in Papua New Guinea recording Australian operation...

ART22001

Mid winter - 40 below

Early mornings at extreme temperatures produce interesting results. Warm air from the warmed buildings causes steam on contract with the cold air and the rising sun tints this to a rosy pink, with the sky and snow-covered landscape a cold grey green. The scene is at 9:00am at a Canadian Air Station...

ART22812

Over St Catherines, Ontario

A Harvard aircraft from No.6 Service Flying Training School, Dunville, flying in showery weather over the vineyards at St. Catherine, near Niagara. The Flying School is operated under Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS), through which many trainees of the Royal Australian Air Force received their...

ART22817

Entraining at Calgary

General view of Canadian Pacific Rail depot showing Royal Australian Air Force personnel entraining for return to Australia on completion of their training at Canadian Air Schools under the Empire Air Training Scheme. Although this is in mid-winter, the Chinook wind has completely thawed the snow...

ART22819

Embarkation at San Francisco

Royal Australian Air Force trainees embark from San Francisco harbour on board transport ship for Australia on completion of their training in Canada under the Empire Air Training Scheme.

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No. 2 Wireless School, Calgary

Depicts the No 2 Wireless School Calgary, Alberta, Canada which contained the unit of Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) where they conducted the training of wireless operators.

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Dropping the drogue

Depicts a Westland Lysander releasing drogue (target) after gunnery practice in the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS), No 2 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mossbank, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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RAAF on leave, Banff Golf Course

One of the most picturesque golf courses, the Banff Springs course was used by trainees of the Royal Australian Air Force under the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) in Canada, on leave in the Rockies. On the banks of the Bow River, overlooked by the beautiful hotel and surrounded by majestic...

ART24105

Old 'Y' depot; Halifax

The Embarkation Depot through which so many Royal Australian Air Force air graduates passed on their way to overseas postings in the earlier days of the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS). Now taken over by the Navy, it has become H.M.C.S Peregrine and "Y" Depot has moved to Lachine, Quebec, Nova...

ART24109

Gunnery flight Winter No. 3 B & 6 Manitoba

A Bolingbroke aircraft taking off for gunnery practice at No.3 Bombing and Gunnery School where Australian trainees are in training under the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS). The plane towing the drogue (target) can be seen already on the circuit, at top of picture, MacDonald, Manitoba, Canada....

ART24110

The glory of the Canadian Fall

Depicts a view from a navigation training flight over the autumn coloured hills of Quebec. The aircrafts are either Avro Ansons or Airspeed Oxfords.

ART24113

Cockpit of a Harvard trainer No. 6 S.F.T.S. Dunnville

The pilot is a member of the Royal Australian Air Force training under the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) in Canada. Roominess is not a feature of the Harvard's cockpit, but a comfortable feeling of snugness is appreciated when sudden changes of flight are made. No.6 Service Flying Training...

ART24114

Split Point, Bay of Fundy

A Mosquito plane from No.8 Operational Training Unit, Greenwood, in flight over Split Point , the extreme northerly tip of Nova Scotia. The Unit is part of the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) and many of the trainees of the Royal Australian Air Force were trained here.

ART24116

Knock-off time - Ball Bearing Factory, Echuca Vic

A watercolour drawing depicting employees leaving the Government Factory at knock off time. At this factory ball-bearings and ball-races for many vital war needs are finished, rigidly checked, inspected and dispatched. To avoid duplication of plant, the forgings of races and the original stampings...

ART24124

POW picking tomatoes, Yanco, NSW

Depicts Italian Prisoners-of-War picking tomatoes form 80 acres grown for seed at Riverina Welfare Farm, Yanco, New South Wales. In 1942 the Riverina Welfare farm became POW Camp 15 which held over 700 Italian prisoners of war and was managed by the Department of Agriculture. The prisoners grew...

ART24129

Preparing potatoes for dehydration

Peeled and shredded potatoes are washed and strained before passing through a drying chamber to remove excess water. The potatoes are then evenly spread on racks and spend six and a half hours in the dehydrator which reduces 480lbs of potatoes to approximately 80lbs; an important saving when...

ART24135

Straightening rifle barrels, Small Arms Factory, Orange NSW

Before assembly, rifle barrels are checked and straightened by human eye being the final arbiter, Commonwealth Small Arms Annexe, Orange, New South Wales. Depicts a quality control inspector at the Commonwealth Small Arms Annexe, examining rifle barrels for rifling and straightness. The rifle...

ART24139

Straightening forgings of rifle barrels, Lithgow, S.A. Factory

Depicts heated forgings being straightened by hand before going to the lathes for machining, drilling and filing at the Lithgow Small Arms Factory, New South Wales. Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902-1966) was appointed Official War Artist in 1943, covering the activities of the RAAF in Canada, United...

ART24145

Main entrance, Lithgow Small Arms Factory

Depicts the front facade of the building of the Lithgow Small Arms Facory with trees and cars in the foreground. New administration buildings as well as many other additions and alterations were made at the Commonwealth Small Arms Factory at Lithgow to cope with tremendously increased output...

ART24146

Preparing carrots for canning

This machine dices and washes carrots in preparation for canning. It is essential that supplies of vegetables be kept up to the fighting forces in the Pacific.

ART24148

Ditching practice in tank, Nassau

Depicts training in 'ditching' (forced landing in water) is carried out in a large tank of water. The crew, clad in swimming suits, are seated in a stripped fuselage of a Mitchell bomber which runs down a ramp into the water. The crew are trained in the proper method to leave the aircraft after...

ART24149

Crushing tomatoes for seed, Yanco

Depicts Italian prisoner-of-war are employed at Yanco, New South Wales, in growing, picking and crushing tomatoes for seed, so that tomato production in Australia can be kept at the required level on Allied needs in the South West Pacific Area. Ralph Malcolm Warner was appointed Official War Artist...

ART24153

No. 3 Wireless School, Winnipeg

Depicts a view of the No 3 Wireless School, Winnipeg, in winter. the wireless school is part of the Empire Air Training School (EATS) scheme.

ART24160

Flying washed out, Dunnville

Depicts a North American Texan Harvard trainer aircraft at the No. 6 Service Flying Training School at Dunnville grounded by heavy weather. The school is a unit of the Empire Air Training Scheme.

ART24161

RAAF Trainees try ice hockey

Australian trainees' efforts at ice hockey were a great source of amusement to Canadians - the Australians played with more vigour than skill and were mostly to be seen in the prone position. Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902- 1966) was appointed Official War Artist in 1943, covering the activities of...

ART24162

Night flying, Greenwood, Nova Scotia

Depicts members of the 8th Operational Training Unit undertaking night flying training exercises with the co-operation of searchlights operated by RAAF personnel. This was part of the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS). Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902-1966) was appointed Official War Artist in 1943,...

ART24163

Laying a flare path

In this work, Warner shows training conditions at night and the manual preparations undertaken. Two men place fire flares along a tarmac as an aircraft comes into land at the No. 2 Bombing and Gunnery School, Canada.

ART24164

Winter-North battlefield

Depicts Royal Australian Air Force trainees under the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) gaining experience in flying in sub-zero weather at No. 13 Service flying Training School, Saskatchewan, Canada.

ART24166

Goldie River crossing near Owen's Corner

Depicts the dense jungle at Goldie River crossing near Owen's Corner, New Guinea, during the Second World War. Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902-1966) was appointed Official War Artist in 1943, covering the activities of the RAAF in Canada, United States and the Bahamas. His first mission was in Papua New...

ART28022

Prince Edward Island

Navigation flight from the Navigation School, Chartottetown Prince Edward Island, Avro Anson aircraft heading out to sea over the red soil coast. The School is part of the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS), by which many personnel of the Royal Australian Air Force were trained in Canada.

ART23084

Wings Parade course 100, Calgary

Wings Parade, Course 100, at No.3 Service Flying Training School, Calgary, Alberta. The School is operated under the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) and course 100, which was the first to occupy 28 weeks instead of the usual 20, contained 45 Royal Australian Air Force trainees out of a total of...

ART23085

Winter morning, Gimli

Snow covered roads, bare trees and fuel car siding at No.18 Service Flying Training School are typical of many Canadian Air Stations under wintry conditions. Royal Australian Air Force trainees under the Empire Air Training Scheme trained at this and similar Stations, Gimli, Manitoba, Canada. Ralph...

ART23087

After a blizzard, Saskatchewan

Typical scene on a Canadian airfield the morning after a blizzard; the snow is liberally plastered on walls as well as on roofs and the clearing of the roadway makes a wall of snow which will stay until the first thaw - probably many months away. The airfield pictured is Dafoe, where personnel of...

ART23088

Boom town, Dafoe

Boom towns or shanty towns have made their appearance at most of the remote air stations in Canada. Enterprising farmers build and tent these little shacks to the families of Air Force personnel and they are much in demand as the nearest township are either some distance away, very tiny or...

ART23090

Hurricanes scramble, Greenwood

A detachment from No.1 Operational Training Unit stationed at Greenwood, Nova Scotia, training under the Empire Air Training Scheme. Hawker Hurricane aircraft taking off from airfield in 'scramble' exercise. A 'scramble' takes place when an order is given to get into the air as soon as possible and...

ART23093

Memorial windows All Saints' Church, Collingwood

Depicts two drawings related to the All Saints' Church, in Collingwood, Ontario memorial windows. The windows, (upper image) depict on l: Saint Michael, and on r: Saint George, dedicated to Leading Aircraftsman Colin Tolhurst Arthur of Mt. Gambier, South Australia and r: Leading Aircraftsman Claude...

ART25496

Volunteer for victory! Come overseas with the A.I.F

Australian Second World War recruiting poster by Ralph Warner. The poster depicts a line of soldiers with kit bags, all giving the 'V for Victory' sign against a bright yellow background. The Australian 'Rising Sun' badge is prominently displayed at centre right of poster in dark yellow, and the...

ARTV00844

It can happen, it does happen

security poster advising care in putting sensitive information into letters, with the risks this can carry

ARTV02494

Volunteer for victory! Come overseas with the A.I.F

Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Second World War recruiting poster by Ralph Warner. The image is a graphic illustration of a line of Australian soldiers with kit bags, all giving the 'V for Victory' sign. The Australian 'Rising Sun' badge is prominently displayed in gold at centre right of...

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Volunteer for victory! Come overseas with the A.I.F

Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Second World War recruiting poster by Ralph Warner. The image is a graphic illustration of a line of Australian soldiers with kit bags, all giving the 'V for Victory' sign. The Australian 'Rising Sun' badge is prominently displayed in gold at centre right of...

ARTV10102

Volunteer for victory! Come overseas with the A.I.F

Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Second World War recruiting poster by Ralph Warner. The image is a graphic illustration of a line of Australian soldiers with kit bags, all giving the 'V for Victory' sign. The Australian 'Rising Sun' badge is prominently displayed in gold at centre right of...

ARTV10108

Another victim of sabotalk

Depicts a turbulant sea, into which a burning merchant ship sinks. Smoke billows from the bow of the vessel while the crew are escaping in a lifeboat. The caption and image warn of the consequences of careless talk about military operations and its potential to sabotage the Allied war effort....

ARTV10121

The Corps of Signals has a special job for you. Join the AWAS - Australian Women's Army Service

This Second World War recruitment poster appeals to women to enlist in the Corps of Signals. The Australian Women's Army Service was formed in 1941 and designed to alleviate the military duties of men who were being called up to join fighting units. The AWAS was the only non-medical women's service...

ARTV10122

This is your country! Don't talk the Jap into it

Australian propaganda poster discouraging careless talk about military operations. This poster employs a bucolic Australian scene and alludes to a leisure lifestyle to incite people's sense of national pride. The Japanese were demonised by propaganda as fears of an invasion ignited Australia's...

ARTV10123

Volunteer for victory! Come overseas with the A.I.F

Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Second World War recruiting poster by Ralph Warner. The image is a graphic illustration of a line of Australian soldiers with kit bags, all giving the 'V for Victory' sign. The Australian 'Rising Sun' badge is prominently displayed in gold at centre right of...

ARTV09462

Volunteer for victory! Come overseas with the A.I.F

Australian Commonwealth Military Forces Second World War recruiting poster by Ralph Warner. The image is a graphic illustration of a line of Australian soldiers with kit bags, all giving the 'V for Victory' sign. The Australian 'Rising Sun' badge is prominently displayed in gold at centre right of...

ARTV09635

Volunteer for victory! Come overseas with the A.I.F

Australian Second World War recruiting poster by Ralph Warner. The poster depicts a line of soldiers with kit bags, all giving the 'V for Victory' sign against a bright yellow background. The Australian 'Rising Sun' badge is prominently displayed at centre right of poster in dark yellow, and the...

ARTV06732

Volunteer for victory! Come overseas with the A.I.F

Australian Second World War recruiting poster by Ralph Warner. The poster depicts a line of soldiers with kit bags, all giving the 'V for Victory' sign against a bright yellow background. The Australian 'Rising Sun' badge is prominently displayed at centre right of poster in dark yellow, and the...

ARTV06798

Volunteer for victory! Come overseas with the A.I.F

Australian Second World War recruiting poster by Ralph Warner. The poster depicts a line of soldiers with kit bags, all giving the 'V for Victory' sign against a bright yellow background. The Australian 'Rising Sun' badge is prominently displayed at centre right of poster in dark yellow, and the...

ARTV06799

AWL. Gaps in the ranks your pals and unit suffer!

patriotism, troop morale; line of soldiers, with gaps where men are 'Absent Without Leave', letters A W L in gaps

ARTV02501

Volunteer for victory! Come overseas with the A.I.F

Australian Second World War recruiting poster by Ralph Warner. The poster depicts a line of soldiers with kit bags, all giving the 'V for Victory' sign against a bright yellow background. The Australian 'Rising Sun' badge is prominently displayed at centre right of poster in dark yellow, and the...

ARTV03922

Volunteer for victory! Come overseas with the A.I.F

Australian Second World War recruiting poster by Ralph Warner. The poster depicts a line of soldiers with kit bags, all giving the 'V for Victory' sign against a bright yellow background. The Australian 'Rising Sun' badge is prominently displayed at centre right of poster in dark yellow, and the...

ARTV03923

Volunteer for victory! Come overseas with the A.I.F

Australian Second World War recruiting poster by Ralph Warner. The poster depicts a line of soldiers with kit bags, all giving the 'V for Victory' sign against a bright yellow background. The Australian 'Rising Sun' badge is prominently displayed at centre right of poster in dark yellow, and the...

ARTV04320

Volunteer for victory! Come overseas with the A.I.F

Australian Second World War recruiting poster by Ralph Warner. The poster depicts a line of soldiers with kit bags, all giving the 'V for Victory' sign against a bright yellow background. The Australian 'Rising Sun' badge is prominently displayed at centre right of poster in dark yellow, and the...

ARTV04321

Volunteer for victory! Come overseas with the A.I.F

Australian Second World War recruiting poster by Ralph Warner. The poster depicts a line of soldiers with kit bags, all giving the 'V for Victory' sign against a bright yellow background. The Australian 'Rising Sun' badge is prominently displayed at centre right of poster in dark yellow, and the...

ARTV04330

Ammunition Factory - Goulburn

Depicts a wartime Ammunition Factory set amid grazing paddocks in Goulburn, New South Wales, during the Second World War. The Mulwaree River can be seen on the right of the sketch. The tower in the distance is the Rocky Hill War Memorial. Ralph Malcolm Warner was appointed Official War Artist in...

ART24157

Those who talk don't know...

This security poster reminds people of the dangers of loose talk. The sulpher crested cockatoo is depicted as chatty, but thoughtless and uninformed about his war-related talk, while the owl is shown in its role as wise and considered, choosing correctly not to share its knowledge.

ARTV02497

Hemisphere training for air gunners

Depicts a hemisphere and equipment for training air gunners (moving pictures of aircraft are projected onto the concave surface of the hemisphere and the gunner's aim is checked by the projection of a target as the trigger is depressed, the concave surface compensates range as the image is...

ART24100

Ralph Warner

Portrait of the official war artist Ralph Malcolm Warner. The portrait was done whilst Ivor Hele and Ralph Malcolm Warner were in New Guinea during the Second World War.

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Timeline

Date of birth 1902-04-18
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1944-02-29
Date of discharge 1946-04-15
Date of death 1966-07-26