Singapore constructed a duplicate version of the Changi Chapel and Museum, adjacent to the Changi Prison in the year 1988. The Changi Chapel and Museum got its official recognition on 15th February; 2001.The Changi Museum houses an array of photographs, paintings and personal memorabilia contributed by the Prisoner of Wars, lodged at the Changi Prison during the Occupation. The Changi Museum also displays watercolor-paintings made by the women prisoner, Mary Angela Bateman who was held in the Changi Prison at the time of the War.
The Changi Chapel
The Changi Chapel was built in 1944 by the Australian Prisoner of Wars. Its duplicate version was built just adjacent to the Changi Prison in the year 1988.
At the time of the expansion of the Changi Prison in 2001, the Changi Chapel and the Museum found its new address just about a kilometer away from its previous location. The Changi Chapel and Museum got its official accreditation on the 15th February; 2001.Bernard Stogden, son of Sgt. Harry Stogden was specially invited to put the cross made by his father onto the altar, nicely decked with wreathes in the newly-built Chapel.
Exhibits and Collections at the Changi Museum
The Changi Museum houses an invaluable array of photographs, paintings, and personal memorabilia which the Prisoner of Wars contributed to the Museum.
The most impressive among them is a collection of sketches and paintings by William Haxworth, a former Prisoner of War lodged in the Changi Prison. His paintings are indeed a window to the life of the detainees who were taken to the Changi Prison at the time of the Occupation. The Changi Museum also displays watercolor-paintings made by the women prisoner, Mary Angela Bateman who was held in the Changi Prison at the time of the War for three long years.
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