In 1939 the Australian Government embarked on an ambitious program to mass-produce Beaufort aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Using the British Bristol Beaufort as a design, 700 Beauforts were produced in Australia to help counter the Japanese threat in the war in the Pacific.
The Beaufort Division of the RAAF produced many posters to promote its role in the war effort, as well as to influence the opinions, attitudes and actions of Australians. The designer was celebrated Australian artist James Northfield (1887–1973), who is best known for his travel posters of the 1920s and 30s.
In 2006 the National Archives presented Bar the Gates – with ‘Beauforts, in Canberra. A selection of posters from the exhibition are showcased here. Click on an image to view the enlargement.