Goal cell, Changi

Collection ID ART25092
Collection type Art
Title Goal cell, Changi
Measurement Overall: 56 x 38.2 cm
Date made 1498038240
Place made Singapore: Changi
Object type Drawing
Maker Griffin, Murray
Place made Singapore: Changi
Date made 1498038240
Copyright AWM copyright
Physical description

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.

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