Coconut husk bowl

c. 1942-1945
Collection of the National Museum of Singapore

Coconut groves near the Changi Gaol provided inmates with a wealth of materials, from shells for crockery to oil for soap. This bowl is made from a smoothed coconut shell. It belonged to Elizabeth Mary Uniacke, a physiotherapist who worked in the Singapore General Hospital before the war, whose name is inscribed on the underside: “Mary Uniacke, Xmas 1942, Changi internment camp”.

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