An incident on the Burma railway

Place Asia: Thailand
Accession Number ART26525
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 35 x 50.8 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description brush and brown ink and wash over coloured pencil on paper
Maker Griffin, Murray
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1946
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Reconstruction of a scene witnessed by Colonel Dillon of the British Army, of the bashing of two British and one Australian prisoners of war by Japanese on the Burma-Thailand railway. Griffin originally volunteered to go to the railway, thinking conditions might be better. He gave up his spot for another man and remained in Changi for his entire captivity. Griffin was appalled by the condition the men returned in from the railway. He sought to make records of events and conditions that occurred on the railway from survivor testimony.