Violin Case : A E Beattie, AIF Concert Party, Changi

Place Asia: Singapore, Changi
Accession Number REL29071.003
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Wood, felt, hessian, brass
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 2: Jap POW
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1939-1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

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.

History / Summary

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.