East Timor Series

This series of documentary pastel drawings was produced by Christian Clare Robertson as the result of a field trip to East Timor in late February 2000 as an unofficial war artist. At this time INTERFET was in the process of handing over to the United Nations. The drawings depict the soldiers of the Darwin-based 5/7th Battalion [Mechanized], RAR, at the front line in Balibo and Batugade on the West Timor border. Balibo is situated in the mountains. The Battalion’s headquarters were in the old Portuguese fort. Batugade is on the north coast and is the site of the Family Reunion program initiated by the Battalion in order to assist families divided by the fighting.

The works were exhibited at the Battalion’s museum at Robertson Barracks, Darwin, in December 2001. All are on coloured Mi-Tintes paper, and were produced in 2000.