Historical information

This painting was presented to the St Vincent's civilian medical team by the people of An Giang Province, Vietnam, in recognition of their work in the area. St Vincent's sent four civilian clinical teams to Long Xuyen, South Vietnam, 1965 - 1966 as part of an aid program administered by the Australian Department of External Affairs to assist Vietnamese medical and paramedical personnel and provide medical aid to everyone who needed it. The service of the Australian civilian teams who went to Vietnam 1964 - 1972 was recognised with a special plaque within the grounds of the Australian War Memorial in October 2008.


This item has historical significance because it is a memento of the hospital's involvement in a nationally significant wartime aid program to South Vietnam. It has artistic significance as it is attractive and in a style not often seen in Australia.

Physical description

Landscape painting of deer near a forest stream. Painted in the traditional Vietnamese style using lacquer and paint. Artwork is framed in a black frame but is not behind glass. The artist is unknown.

Inscriptions & markings

Plaque is attached at lower left corner and translated reads: The people of An Giang Province / are extremely grateful to the Australian Surgical Team.