By August 1944 there were 2,223 Japanese prisoners of war in Australia. Of these 1,104 were housed in Camp B of No. 12 Prisoner of War Compound near Cowra, in the central west of New South Wales.

The Italian, Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean prisoners of war interned at Cowra were treated in accordance with the Geneva Conventions. But relations between the Japanese prisoners of war and their guards from the 22nd Garrison Battalion were poor, due largely to significant cultural differences.

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The end of armed conflict in the European theatre of the Second World War in May 1945 saw tens of thousands of western Allied Prisoners of War from all over the world be repatriated to the United Kingdom for their first steps in their eventual return to their families and friends. 

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Thursday 10 October 2013 by Nick Crofts. 2 comments.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Family history

WARNING: We wish to advise that this blog may contain names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have passed away.

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Tuesday 27 August 2013 by Stuart Baines. No comments.
Education at the Memorial, Family history, News

So often in the study of history it is easy to get caught up in the “big” events, or the story that has most struck a chord in the social consciousness. Sadly that often means that fascinating people, events and moments in time can go virtually unexplored. Maybe in the mystery or excitement of exploring something that is the lesser known story, we can inspire people and challenge them to get passionate about history.

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Monday 14 May 2012 by . 2 comments.
News, Personal Stories, Family history, New acquisitions, Collection

Last month, the Memorial was delighted to accept a Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train (RANBT) diary, donated by Mr Martin Smee of Port Elliot, South Australia.  Mr Smee made the trip to Canberra to personally deliver the diary, which has been part of his family's valuable family history for many years.  The diary was written by his grandfather, Able Seaman Driver Laurie John Smee.  Born in South Australia, Laurie ran away to sea when just 17.  After serving on various merchant ships and making his way to England, he joined the Royal Navy and served on several British ships before returni

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Monday 25 April 2011 by Stuart Baines. 3 comments.
Family history, Battlefield Tours Gallipoli, Anzac Day, Simpson Prize 2011

Wreath ordeley duties
Well today was the day, the pinnacle of the experience and certainly a big part of why these students entered the prize.

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Thursday 3 March 2011 by Andrew Currey. No comments.
Personal Stories, Family history, Collection, Collection Highlights

“I had a very close shave...”

(Pte C H Lester, 1 October 1917)

As many soldiers will testify, war can be as much about luck as it is about training and equipment. Luck can take many forms, such as being in the right place at the right time, and the closely related not being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The men listed below are a few examples of these places and the sometimes very short distance between them.

Lt William Henry Guard (2DRL/0879)

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