Punishment - Thai-Burma RailwayIn 2015 the fantastic and moving drawings produced by Jack Chalker – one featured above – and smuggled out by Weary and Jack after the war were finally brought together to form the exhibition “Artists in Captivity” which was initially hosted by Mission Beach Arts and is being funded by the generosity of Ryman Healthcare. It has moved from Mission Beach to Cairns to Cardwell and will cross the country to Victoria this year.
Mission Arts is a volunteer run community gallery nestled in the rainforest of Far North Queensland. This exhibition arose by a chance meeting between John Dunlop and Sue Pullman, who was on the committee of Mission Arts, at the local Dawn Service in El Arish. Eight women worked tirelessly to bring it to the Australian public. They are all unpaid and gave hundreds of their own time because they were passionate about Jack Chalker’s work. The artwork is part of our history, but more importantly, it pays tribute and respect to those men who worked on the Thai Burma Railway, to those that did not return and to those that did come home. So it was wonderful to attend our local (Tully) Australia Day awards and see these women rewarded for their work with the Award for Best Community Event of the Year. Congratulations and our thanks for making this possible.


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