The Changi Brownlow

Roland Perry

This is the moving, powerful and surprising story of a group of Australian POWs who organised an Australian Rules Football competition under the worst conditions imaginable - inside Changi prison.

After Singapore fell to the Japanese early in 1942, 70,000 prisoners including 15,000 Australians, were held as prisoner of war at the notorious Changi prison in Singapore. To amuse themselves and fellow inmates, a group of sportsmen led by the inexorable and popular Chicken Smallhorn, created an Australian Football League, complete with tribunal, selection panel, umpires and coaches.

The final game of the one and only season was between Victoria and the Rest of Australia, which attracted 10,000 spectators, and a unique Brownlow Medal was awarded in this unlikely setting under the curious gaze of Japanese prison guards.

Soft cover, small format, photographs, 368 pages.