Spinning thread from hemp twine, Changi

Unit Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps
Place Asia: Singapore, Changi
Accession Number ART26455
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 36.2 x 46.8 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description brush and brown ink and wash with pen and blue ink, heightened with white on paper
Maker Griffin, Murray
Place made Singapore: Changi
Date made 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Men from the 18th (British) Division Royal Army Ordnance Corps spinning thread from hemp twine with a machine designed and made in the Changi prisoner of war camp by Captain G U Hill and Regimental Sergeant Major C G Miller. The design is astonishingly intricate. The prisoners in Changi established a workshop within the camp to produce most items, such as shoes, artificial limbs, cooking equipment, needed by the men.