Grass cutting and crushing machine, Changi
ID numberART26507
Collection typeArt
TitleGrass cutting and crushing machine, Changi
MeasurementOverall: 36.4 x 46.8 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerGriffin, Murray
Place madeSingapore: Changi
Date made1943
Physical descriptionbrush and brown ink and wash heightened with white, over pencil on paper
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionThe finer type of grass was gathered outside the camp, cut, crushed and soaked for 24 hours, then the liquid taken medicinally as a preventative against beri beri. On the left a POW is feeding an inverted lawn mower with grass. At the right another POW runs the cut grass through rollers 2 or3 times to crush it. This machine, built in camp from bits and pieces, is run by electricity. Captain Michael F A Woodruff, AAMC; improvised machinery for cutting and crushing grass to make beri beri preventitive.