During his time as a Prisoner of War in Changi Gaol, Jack Wood amassed a collection of illustrations, manuscripts, musical scores, theatre programmes and diary entries created by the detainees.

This archive of almost 300 artefacts was hidden from his captors during the years 1942 to 1945. It was transported to England once the war was over, yet remained unknown to Jack’s family until after his death, in 1978.

Since then, the items have been bound into five volumes. However, more recently, Jack’s family decided to digitise the collection, in an effort to share its message of kinship, compassion and co-existence through the power of art, theatre and literature.

All of the stories, songs, scripts, and images have been photographed, transcribed and catalogued. You can begin exploring the collection by selecting one of the five volumes below.

The Books