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ID number ART24488
Title Cable-laying in a jungle clearing
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Griffin, Murray (Artist)
Place made Singapore: Changi
Date made 1942
Medium oil on hardboard
Measurement framed: 87 x 105.3 cm; unframed: 63 x 81.5 cm
On display Main building: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 2


Before the introduction of reliable portable radios, army signallers maintained communications by telephone. As shown in this painting, the AIF had to lay the cables connecting positions.

Murray Griffin was captured during the fall of Singapore, where he was interned at Changi prison. He arrived at Changi in February 1942 without artistic materials.