Joey the ventriloquist doll from Changi POW camp, owned by Tom Hussey, was used to entertain prisoners of war in Changi from December 1944 until their release.
This is the third “Joey” doll owned by Hussey during his service in the Second World War. He brought his first Joey to the war, but it was lost or destroyed during the fall of Singapore in 1942. The second Joey was made in Changi camp but had disintegrated by 1944 due to the tropical environment and harsh living conditions at Changi and on the Thai-Burma Railway. This third Joey was made in Changi in 1944 and was donated to the Memorial in 1947.
Last year we had an opportunity to closely inspect the doll’s construction by removing its jacket.