History books donated to the library

The president and members of the 2/30th Battalion AIF Association have donated to the library four books in memory of Pte. William Alexander Humphrey HQ Coy A/A Platoon.
The four books are:

  • The Changi Camera by Tim Bowden

In The Changi Camera, acclaimed author Tim Bowden presents a unique record of one Australian soldier’s experience of the fall of Singapore, captivity in Changi and enduring the hell of the Thai-Burma Railway. George Aspinall was a keen photographer and, even in the very worst of conditions, he managed to take photos, process them and so preserve for later generations the reality of incarceration. Along with George’s own memories of those years, Tim Bowden has written a gripping and authoritative overview of what happened in Changi and on the Railway. This powerful narrative and unique collection of almost one hundred photographs combine to give us a raw and graphic account of just what George and thousands of his fellow Australians endured.

  • Black Jack: The Life and Times of Brigadier Sir Frederick Galleghan by S. F. Arneil
  • Galleghan’s Greyhounds. The Story of the 2/30th Australian Infantry Battalion, 22nd November, 1940 – 10th October 1945 by A. W. Penfold, w. C. Bayliss, W C, and k. E. Crispin
  • The Happiness Box by David Griffen, illustrations by Leslie Greener

The Happiness Box was written in Changi Prison camp by Australian POW David Griffen for the children who were interned there during the Second World War. When Singapore fell on 15 February 1942, David Griffin spent three years and seven months as a prisoner of war in Changi. Griffin was with the 8th Australian Division 2nd AIF. His Commanding Officer was Leslie Greener. The troops were imprisoned alongside women and children in Changi.
The troops occupied themselves making toys and other gifts for the children’s first Christmas in Changi. Griffin and Greener wrote and illustrated a handmade book called `The happiness box’. Their story of Winston the chi-chak lizard, Martin the monkey and Wobbly the frog and their discovery of the secrets of happiness enraged the Japanese General who suspected Winston the lizard was code for Winston Churchill. The book survived Japanese orders for its destruction, safely buried underground in the prison camp by Major Phillip Head, a senior officer in the division. After the War The Happiness Box was recovered. It was first published in 1947 and republished in 1991. The original manuscript is now part of the State Library of NSW archive collection. More information about The Happiness Box can be found here.
As part of the World War One centenary War Memorial honour board in the library has also been refurbished.

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