Investigation into conditions on board Japanese ship Yoizuki

Accession Number F07462
Collection type Film
Title Investigation into conditions on board Japanese ship Yoizuki
Measurement 1 min 14 sec
Object types To be confirmed
Maker Dolan, Samuel Murray
Place made Pacific Islands: Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain, Gazelle Peninsula, Rabaul Area, Rabaul, Simpson Harbour
Date made 12 March 1946
Copyright Copyright expired - public domain

After the Japanese light cruiser Yoizuki (3500 tons) had left Sydney, NSW, with 1005 Korean and Formosan internees from NSW it was alleged that due to overcrowding, it had become a "hell ship". Due to public outcry the ship was ordered into Rabaul where an investigation committee, headed by Mr Justice Simpson, carried out an inspection. It was found that conditions in the ship were unhealthy for the women and children on board so these passengers were disembarked and housed in No 5 Group Camp, Rabaul. Group shot at Naval HQ, Rabaul, including left to right: Mr G P Mandney, Federal Crown Solicitor's Office; Mr Liu Wei-ping, Vice Consul for China; VX285 Major General Basil Moorhouse Morris DSO, General Officer Commanding 8 Military District (MD), Rabaul. Also identified: Mr Adrian Curlewis, Assistant to Mr Justice Simpson; 211 (NP9903, NX100292) Brigadier Lindley de Lisle Barham CBE of 8 MD; NX70416 Brigadier Frederick Gallagher Galleghan DSO ED, CIB Director; 3600 Commander Alexander Earle Fowler, Naval Officer in Charge, Rabaul.

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