Author(s): Sheila Allan
DIARY OF A GIRL IN CHANGI is the moving personal account of a young girl living in the midst of hardship and adversity. Written on scraps of paper which were kept hidden in her quarters, Sheila Allan's diary is a record of the daily lives of those interned in Changi. On the one hand, these were years of wasted youth; on the other, they provided a rich learning experience in a community of close comradeship. Tolerance, humour and creativity, and above all, an undying hope for the future, colour her memories of this period. This new edition includes a new preface and conclusion, which brings the author's life up-to-date. The book also includes information on the Changi quilts. These embroidered squares, individually created and signed by the women internees, were sewn together into three separate quilts.
Sheila Bruhn was born in Malaysia before the outbreak of WWI. At the age of seventeen, she was taken prisoner by the Japanese in Singapore. After her release she moved to Australia, where she took up nursing and raised a family.