Two men carrying basket of Ceylon spinach, Changi

Place Asia: Singapore, Changi, Selarang Barracks
Accession Number ART26499
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 38.4 x 56 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description brush and brown ink and wash over pencil on paper
Maker Griffin, Murray
Place made Singapore: Changi
Date made 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Men working in vegetable gardens with an improvised basket. Ceylon spinach was one of the few plants that grew well for the prisoners of Changi. With the rice ration received from the Japanese, the spinach was another staple of the POW diet. Griffin spent his 3 and a half years as a POW confined to the work parties, such as the one depicted in this drawing, in the Changi compound. He documented most of the activities of the camp, as well as scenes of the Burma-Thailand railway, which he created based on survivor testimony.