Roberts Hospital, Changi

Roberts Hospital, Changi
Murray Griffin
Roberts Hospital, Changi

oil on hardboard
64 x 82.1cm

Griffin wrote of his experience at Changi:

The battle casualties, some desperately ill, many minus a limb, were quartered on the ground floor, the “less” sick on the upper floors. With the septic system damaged and with no water for flushing anyway, men suffering from dysentery had to stagger down several flights of stairs to an outside latrine … Doré’s illustrations of hell seemed mild compared with the living nightmare of the dysentery ward.