World War 2 is rarely a subject that is put on a shelf and ignored. However, some occurrences from the war have been hidden from the public. One of these closeted matters is that of civilians who were imprisoned in internment camps. It’s time to pull the dust covers off and reveal some of the less attractive truths of WW2 Australia.
During World War 2, several prison camps were running throughout Australia. They were known as internment camps, and the people held in them were called internees. But they did not just hold Prisoner’s of War – those who had committed crimes within the war – they also held Australian civilians whose only crime was having non-British backgrounds. This included children and families.
This website discusses in more depth matters of internment camps in Tatura, civilian internees, experiences of the internees as well as the importance of this small piece of history on Australia in 2012.