Stolen Years: Australian prisoners of war

Outram Road Gaol

The Japanese used Outram Road Gaol in Singapore as a place of punishment for all those who broke their rules – prisoners of war, internees and local people.

It was a place of starvation, torture and terror, a place of madness and, for many, death. Those who survived Outram Road displayed exceptional qualities of endurance, mental and emotional fortitude.

In Outram Road I think I counted about 1,400 deaths.
Dr Jim Taylor, civilian internee and survivor of Outram Road

The place was a hell hole … Many men and a few women died in this place from ill-treatment, both soldiers and civilians.
Lieutenant Maurice Felsch, 2/20th Battalion, a survivor of Outram Road Gaol

Close confinement coupled with inadequate diet not only cramps the muscles it compresses the mind. Thought has to be squeezed from a constipated brain.
Bill Young, 2/29th Battalion, a survivor of Outram Road Gaol

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Private John Macmillan, a survivor of Outram Road. He had been jailed for obtaining radio parts and medicine at Sandakan. When released from Outram Road, his weight had dropped by half.


Prisoners of the Japanese