|Place||Asia: Singapore, Changi|
|Physical description||Wood, felt, hessian, brass|
|Location||Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 2: Jap POW|
|Date made||c 1939-1942|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Violin Case : A E Beattie, AIF Concert Party, Changi
Black painted wooden violin case with brass hinges, lock and latches. The top of the case has been repaired with black painted hessian which has subsequently been waterproofed with a type of glue. The side of the lid above the latches and lock has gold painted lettering 'A.E. BEATTIE, A.I.F. CONCERT PARTY'. Inside of case was originally lined with blue felt and cardboard but much of this has been replaced with coarse woven cream woollen fabric. Apart from the violin (REL29071.001) and bow (REL29071.002) the case also contains two spare strings and a small piece of rosen.
Used by A Eric Beattie, a member of the AIF Concert Party in Changi, which was formed within days of the surrender to the Japanese in February 1942. The Concert Party, which numbered about thirty, performed a wide variety of programmes, that were equally popular with both the allied internees and their Japanese captors, until early 1945.