Embroidered tobacco pouch : Mrs A M Cuthbe, Changi Prison

Accession Number REL/08538
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Cotton; rubber
Maker Cuthbe, Augusta Mary
Place made Singapore: Changi
Date made 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Khaki cotton folding tobacco pouch lined with cream coloured rubber. The inside bottom of the pouch is hand embroidered in black cotton chainstitch, with a scene of two women carring a broom and a full 'DUST BIN'. Above them are the words 'CHANGI CHORES 1942. Down the left side is 'K.V.C.', the initials of Mrs Cuthbe's husband, who was also interned in Changi.

History / Summary

Made by Mrs Augusta M Cuthbe, who was a British civilian internee of the Japanese in Changi Prison, and later at Syme Road, Singapore. Her husband, Mr Kenneth V Cuthbe, an engineer with the British colonial service in Malaya, was interned in the men's section of the prison. Both survived the war and later settled in Australia.