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Textiles made in the Changi prison camp

Janet Watson Jeffries contributed to a number of textiles made in the Changi prison camp, including a signature cloth, embroidered with names of internees.

This cloth made in Changi gaol was embroidered with 79 names in 1942. Many of the contributors also made patchwork squares for the quilt. Janet Watson Jeffries wrote to her mother: "I am also making a collection of camp autographs on a tablecloth and must have nearly 200. The cloth is half of the sheet I started with."

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This panel was made from material and thread found in the prison workshops when the prisoners were first admitted. It has been autographed by the internees including six women doctors, five matrons, 36 nursing sisters and other members of the Malayan Medical services.

Embroidered in black thread in the top left hand corner is the name of the owner: ‘Deborah J Gifford Singapore Feb 1941 Sep 1945.’ Deborah Gifford’s husband, who was also interned, was a consultant civil engineer in Kuala Lumpar before war broke out.

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The cloth, made by Janet Watson Jefferies, is embroidered around the edge with images of playing cards and was possibly used to play bridge. The initials ‘AMP Changi 1942’ have been embroidered in one corner.

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This embroidered cotton cloth shows the message: 'Worked during internment. Changi Prison Singapore 1943.'

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