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HMAS Perth fights to the last, 28th February, 1942

Murray Griffin (1903-1992)
HMAS Perth fights to the last, Murray Griffin, Australian War Memorial, ART24483

Griffin was captured during the fall of Singapore in February 1942 and spent the remainder of the war in Changi prisoner-of-war camp. This picture was painted as a result of a conversation with survivors in Changi from the Perth, sunk in the Sunda Strait, off Java, two weeks after Singapore fell.

Oil on hardboard 63.4 x 81.9 cm
Painted in Changi, Singapore, c. 1942
Acquired under official war art scheme in 1946
Australian War Memorial

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