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ID number ART25092
Title Goal cell, Changi
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Griffin, Murray (Artist)
Place made Singapore: Changi
Date made 1944
Medium brush and brown ink and wash over pencil on paper
Measurement Overall: 56 x 38.2 cm


Living accommodation in Changi gaol. In the middle of 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 this building, with 5 men to a cell. At night two of the men moved onto the walkway outside the cell to create more space for each other. 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 'temporarily' erected at Selarang just after the men had be captured and which then moved to the gaol. He shared this hut with three other men, including two British ministers.