A 100 metre hut, Changi
ID numberART25063
Collection typeArt
TitleA 100 metre hut, Changi
MeasurementOverall: 28 x 38.3 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerGriffin, Murray
Place madeSingapore: Changi
Date made1944
Physical descriptionbrush and brown ink and wash over pencil on paper
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionMen relaxing outside an atap hut, which is made from split bamboo, with the sides of hut raised for ventilation. In 1944 all the POWs, some 10,000 men, held at Selarang Barracks and surrounds had to move to Changi goal proper, which was designed to accommodate 600 men. 5,000 men were eventually squeezed into that building and the Japanese provided materials to build 100 metre huts for living quarters and kitchens outside the gaol for the rest of the prisoners. As an officer, Griffin was quartered in a smaller hut that had been erected at Selarang just after the men had be captured and then moved to the gaol. He shared this hut with three other men, including two British ministers.