Exhibition 1: Cowra

The POW camp at Cowra
Indonesians interned at Cowra in 1943
Cowra remembers in 2005

 
The POW camp at Cowra

All the photographs in this collection were taken during the war years in Cowra, and show both the campsite and Italian prisoners working in the farmlands near the camp. 

These are scenes that would have been familiar to the Digulists during their time in Cowra, and are included here for that reason.

The generosity of the Australian War Memorial in allowing us to publish these photographs is acknowledged.


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Indonesians interned at Cowra in 1943

The images shown in this exhibition include some of the most significant photographs in our whole gallery.   They are included through the generosity of the Australian War Memorial.  Their permission to publish them is acknowledged.

All the photographs available in the Australian War Memorial Collections Database are included.  Unfortunately, we do not have a record of the individuals who have posed for the photographs.


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Cowra remembers in 2005

This display of photographs was taken by Dr E Sally Vickery in 2005.  This part of our photographic exhibition is entitled, Cowra Remembers, and it shows how one Australian community honours those Indonesian nationalists who lived and died there during the hard days of the Second World War.

Cowra has now become internationally famous for its work in promoting peace and friendship between Japan and Australia.  If you would like to read more about this beautiful country town, please visit these websites: 
http://www.cowra.nsw.gov.au/about.html
http://www.cowratourism.com.au

If you would like to read more about the official opening of the Cowra Indonesian Monument, please open the following:
http://www.kbri-canberra.org.au/speeches/2001/1109cowrav.htm

The Cowra Remembers exhibition also includes a list of the Indonesians who were at Cowra in 1944, taken from published Australian records.  This list is as published, without editing. To download the pdf file of the list click here (List of Indonesian internees at Cowra 1943, pdf, size: 191 Kb).


Information board on Indonesian graves
at Cowra.


Close up view of the
memorial plaque for Indonesians who passed
away at Cowra POW Camp.


Evani, 16 months old,
died 23-8-43.


Kaswadi, 2 years old,
died 26-9-43.


April, 18 months old,
died 12-8-43.


Grave of an unknown
person, date of death
also unknown.


Matoha, 37 years old,
died 26-7-42.


Kadarisman,
58 years old,
died 27-7-43.


Soengeh alias
Kartomidjojo, 70 years old,
died 30-6-43
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Masian, 45 years old,
died 17-7-43
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Nadji Adenan,
55 years old, died 20-7-43.


Moein, 46 years old,
died 30-9-42.


Said, 34 years old,
died 9-10-42.


In memory of beloved
mother, Salamah,
died 27th July 1943.


Soelistimah, 2 years old,
died 22-8-43.


First view of
row of Indonesian
graves.


Second view of row of Indonesian graves.


Floral tributes supplied
by the Cowra City
Councill are regularly
placed under the memorial plaque.


View of what is left
of the Cowra POW Camp area.


First information board 
on the Cowra POW
Camp, displaying a
photo of the
Indonesian exiles.


Second information board
on Cowra POW
Camp area, displaying
a photo of an aerial
photograph of the area.


Display representing the Indonesian group at
the entrance to
Cowra Museum.


Display board highlighting information on the
Indonesian group at Cowra Museum.


Information board showing
the area of Cowra POW Camp,
22nd Australian Garrison.
Underneath is a
memorial plaque for Japanese POWs.