P.O.W SKETCHES
Here are some of Dad's sketches done during his P.O.W days from 1942 to 1945. He was supplied pencils and paper by Dutch nurses and bartered some of them with Japanese guards for packets of cigarettes. Dad drew many things, from the horrors that he saw to memories of home and even a yacht that he planned to build should he return. Although he did live to return, he never did build that yacht unfortunately, but I guess the dreams kept him alive!!

After treasuring the drawings for so many years, in the excitement of being home again, Dad left the drawings on the plane in which he returned home. They were handed to an air hostess by a fellow P.O.W, to forward on to him but apparently the parcel was misplaced by the air hostess. She discovered it when she and her husband moved to Melbourne and they were sent to a Mr Roy Mc Cormack in Brisbane to find the owner. Finally after more than six years, they were returned to Dad.

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Ken & Muriel looking at sketches
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IMG_5419
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Puppy
Puppy
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IMG_5445
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63 Martha St Camp Hill
63 Martha St Camp Hill
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Many men died from disease, 25.5.44
Many men died from disease, 25.5.44
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Mum
Mum
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IMG_5442
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Life and death on the railway, 22.5.44
Life and death on the railway, 22.5.44
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James Dunn, 30/4/42
James Dunn, 30/4/42
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Yacht Dreams
Yacht Dreams
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Yacht Dreams
Yacht Dreams
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Yacht Dreams
Yacht Dreams
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IMG_5431
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Future child?
Future child?
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IMG_5429
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IMG_5428
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IMG_5426
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Tropical Moon
Tropical Moon
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Bruce
Bruce
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IMG_5425
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IMG_5420
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Lew Ayres, 26/4/42
Lew Ayres, 26/4/42
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No 1 Allied Bandoe
No 1 Allied Bandoe
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Moonlight Enchantment
Moonlight Enchantment
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A meal of brown rice at the end of a hard day's work, 17.5.44

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Nam Kom Patom Pagoda
Nam Kom Patom Pagoda
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A Friend, 20.5.44
A Friend, 20.5.44
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