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ID number ART26507
Title Grass cutting and crushing machine, Changi
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Griffin, Murray (Artist)
Place made Singapore: Changi
Date made 1943
Medium brush and brown ink and wash heightened with white, over pencil on paper
Measurement Overall: 36.4 x 46.8 cm


The 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.