No 1 cubicle, No 3 hut

Accession Number ART94134
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 21 cm x 16.4 cm; image: 11.9 cm x 14.8 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pencil on paper
Maker Woodley, Frederick E
Place made Borneo: North Borneo, Sandakan
Date made c.1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Drawing of the inside of prisoner quarters in the camp at Sandakan, Boreno. Signed with the monogram "FEW", it has been attributed to Cpl. Frederick E. Woodley (VX24588), who died in the camp on 6 February 1945. When the Japanese closed the camp in May 1945, and forced the last remaining prisoners out, they burnt the camp. Drawings such as this one are important visual documents of the types of buildings that housed some of the prisoners. It is possible that the donor might have inhabited this hut. Together with another sketch (ART94133), this drawing was donated to the Australian War Memorial by Lt. Hugh D. Waring (NX65585), who commissioned Woodley to make these visual documents. Waring was imprisoned at Sandakan between July 1942 and October 1943. When the officers were moved to Kuching, Waring took these drawings with him, and subsequently back to Australia when he was repatriated in October 1945.

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