Miniature yard broom : Lieutenant Colonel F G Galleghan, 2/30 Battalion
ID numberRELAWM31828.004
Collection typeHeraldry
TitleMiniature yard broom : Lieutenant Colonel F G Galleghan, 2/30 Battalion
Object typeHeraldry
MakerChangi Broom Factory
Place madeSingapore: Changi
Date madec 1944-1945
Physical descriptionWood; Steel; Copper; Plant fibre
DescriptionLong bristled split rattan broom with a two part wooden head. There is a hole in the head to take a handle. The bristles are secured to the head by two steel wires. They are further secured, to stop them spreading when used, by two rows of finely twisted copper wire. The head is marked in pencil '"Search & Sweep" CHANGI BROOM FACTORY "UBIQUE BRAND" No 8608'.
SummaryThis 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.