It's just an old apron : aprons, artefacts and art - representations of personal and private 'her-stories', as public histories

Willems, Christiaan (2010) It's just an old apron : aprons, artefacts and art - representations of personal and private 'her-stories', as public histories. In Hayes, Anna (Ed.) Migrant Security Symposium, 15 September 2010, University of Southern Queensland, QLD.


This paper examines art and artefact in the representation and recollection of deeply personal WWII women’s experiences as POW’s under the Japanese. This kind of treatment of internees in the Tjideng Women and Children’s internment camp (and others) in Batavia under the Japanese in WWII, stands in stark and brutal contrast to the idyllic life lived by many families up to that time in what was then known as the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). The deprivation and brutality of the Japanese incarceration of these women and children evoked responses - not military, but certainly militant, if muted. Representations of those responses – as both art and artefact - may be found in the most unlikely places and unexpected forms - and are still being unearthed to this day. However close we might personally be to these artists and artisans, can we, as observers from a distance, ever truly comprehend through spoken or written words alone, the day-today realities of those extraordinary times?

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ID Code: 66637
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: WWII, Women POW, Australian War Memorial, Dutch Prisoners of War, Java, Prisoners of the Japanese
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The Author
Deposited On: 28 Jan 2014 03:56
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2014 19:47

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