Miniature yard broom : Lieutenant Colonel F G Galleghan, 2/30 Battalion

Place Asia: Singapore, Changi
Accession Number RELAWM31828.003
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Wood; Steel; Plant fibre
Maker Changi Broom Factory
Place made Singapore: Changi
Date made c 1944-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Long bristled split rattan broom with a two part wooden head. There is a hole in the head to take a handle. The bristles and head are secured by steel wire and two steel strips around each end. The head is marked in pencil '"Search & Sweep" CHANGI BROOM FACTORY "UBIQUE BRAND" No 8667'.

History / Summary

This box of miniature brooms was presented to the Australian commanding officer in Changi, Lieutenant Colonel F G 'Black Jack' Galleghan. Prisoners who were members of the Royal Australian Artilley were responsible for the Changi Broom Factory, and the 'Ubique' brand name reflects the Artillery motto. The factory began production on 1 April 1942.