Various Military Art

Our Duties Done

Title: Our Duties Done
Location of Original: Private Collection
Prints:VC’s Edition, 500 / Artist Edition 1000  Original Cost of Print:VC’s Edition $250 / Artist Edition $125
Signatory on VC's Edition:Victorian Cross Recipients: Ted Kenna and Keith Payne & Artist
Highest ‘Known’ Resale of Print: VC ’s edition - $20 000, Charity auction. (However this print had four VC signatures. Mark Donaldson and Ben Roberts graciously added their signatures for a charity auction)
Description: This painting commemorates our soldiers ultimate sacrifice at the altar of freedom for the past 100 years. The ghosts represent soldiers from the RAN, RAAF, Army & Nurses: also from the Boer War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Borneo, Malaya, Vietnam and the Middle East. The setting is in the Australian War Memorial where the names of the fallen are recorded. As a point of interest, the naval ghost is painted from a photo of Ian's uncle who served in the first HMAS Brisbane (DDG) crew, and Ian and his wife Sue modelled for the two ghosts in the foreground.

Details from, Our Duties Done

Australian Soldiers
War Memorial Artwork
Military Art by Ian Coate

Our Duties Done
By Ian Coate

For Freedoms sake we've been to war, on duty's principal
Since Vietnam back to the Boer we've paid the price in full.

We've fought in countries far and near over land seas and sky.
For longer than a hundred years we've waved our friends goodbye.

We've done our bit, our duties done.  It's time we had some leave.
Relax and have eternal fun is all we will achieve.

What a reunion it will be.  So many mates to meet.
The finest Digger's jubilee united and complete.

So remember and pay homage, honour the price we paid.
Enjoy your freedom to old age is how we'll be repaid.



I would like to recognize the people who have contributed to the creation of this artwork. The production of which is a collaboration of many minds and various talents - I am simply the monkey at the end of the brush.

Thanks to Brett Williams and Bob Whiston for their backing and support, Alan Smith, Sue Coate & Andrew Merchant. And a special mention to Victorian Cross Recipients: Ted Kenna and Keith Payne.

These people's generosity of time contributed greatly to the print sales going to various SAS charities.
Ian Coate Logo Purchasing a Limited Edition Print
Some of my prints are for sale and some have sold out.  Drop me an email at: and let me know which print interests you and I will endeavour to link you to a supplier.
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A Few Words on Prints
What are Prints? Prints are high quality reproductions of original artworks.  A Limited Edition Print indicates there will only be a set number and will not be re-printed.
Print Tip: keep all prints away from direct sunlight or they will fade over time no matter the quality.
Are prints good investments? As investments prints are like shares - there is risk.  People will inevitably pay what they believe it to be worth. I have been fortunate that many of my limited editions print runs have sold out and some prints that originally sold for just over $100 have later sold at auction for over $5000. But the best rule in purchasing a print is to buy because it appeals or is meaningful to you.
For Print Collectors: under each military artwork on this page I have stated its 'Highest Known Resale’. This is the largest amount (that I have heard of) that one of my prints has been re-sold in a single sale, either privately, on ebay or at auction.  This may help you gauge the value of your print. 
You can click on any military artwork below to go directly to the page.
Army Art13 Brigade Australian Flying Corps