PRISONER OF WAR AND INTERNMENT CAMPS
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

 

The return of Aussie POW's to Australia

 

During WW2, the internment of enemy aliens in Australia fell under the control of the National Security Act 1939. It allowed for the accommodation of Internees and Prisoners of War (POW's) in Internment Camps.

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

"Bathurst Internment Camp"
at Bathurst Civil Goal

Camp 6 - Hay Internment and POW Camp

Camp 7 - Hay Internment and POW Camp

Camp 8 - Hay Internment and POW Camp Camp No. 12 - Cowra Internment and POW 

Camp 15 - Yanco POW Camp
No. 4 Labour Detachment

Liverpool Internment and POW Camp

Long Bay Civil Goal

Long Bay State Reformatory

Orange Temporary Internment Camp

Peat's Island Civil Reformatory

Hawkesbury River Female Internment Camp
"Sunny Court", Peat's Bight, Hawkesbury River

possibly the same as "Peat's Island Civil Reformatory"

PWCC N13 Moss Vale PWCC N21 Quirindi PWCC N26 Taree

 

QUEENSLAND

Antill Plains - proposed Advanced Cage, Field Punishment Centre for Japanese POWs
proposed for Antill Plains in event of a Japanese landing in North Queensland

Enoggera Temporary Internment and POW Camp
(Brisbane, Qld)

Gaythorne Internment and POW Camp
(Brisbane, Qld)

Prisoner of War Control Hostel Q6 Home Hill Prisoner of War Control Centre Q4 Gayndah Prisoner of War Control Centre Q8 Kingaroy
Prisoner of War Control Centre Q9 Monto Prisoner of War Control Centre Q2 Nambour Prisoner of War Control Centre Q3 Gympie
Prisoner of War Control Centre Q10 Boonah POW Camp Texas Prisoner of War Control Centre Q7 Kenilworth
Prisoner of War Control Centre Q1 Stanthorpe North Ward POW Compound
(Probably a transit camp located on the corner of McKinley St and Mitchell St., North Ward, Townsville, QLD near Fort Kissing Point)
Stuart Prison, Stuart, Townsville
u
sed as a holding location for Internees before being moved southwards
Thompson's Point POW camp
for Japanese prisoners
(near Rockhampton, QLD)
   
 

Chinese Camp at Bulimba
shipyard, Brisbane
for Native Labour Company

Whilst not prisoners they did have their own compound

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Camp 9 - Loveday
(near Barmera, Riverland District,
South Australia)

Camp 10 - Loveday
(near Barmera, Riverland District, South Australia)

Camp 14 - Loveday
(Near Barmera, Riverland District, South Australia)

Camp 17 - Sandy Creek Internment and POW Camp
(South Australia)
Cook POW Labour Camp
No. 3 POW Labour Detachment
(South Australia)
Gladstone Civil Goal
(South Australia)
Katarapko (Wood Camp)
(Riverland District, South Australia)
Keswick Temporary Internment and Transit Camp
(South Australia)
Nangwarry (Wood Camp)
near Mt Gambier
 Moorook West (Wood Camp)
(Riverland District, South Australia)
Wandillo, Prisoner of War Hostel
(in south east of SA)
Woolenook (Wood Camp)
(Riverland District, South Australia)
PWCC S1 Mount Barker    

 

TASMANIA

Camp 18 - Brighton POW Camp
(Tasmania)
PWCC T1 Burnie PWCC T2 Scottsdale
PWCC T3 Huonville PWCC T4 Smithton PWCC T5 Deloraine
PWCC T6 Brighton

PWCC T6 Conara

   

 

VICTORIA

Broadmeadows - Victoria
(part of Australian Army Camp)

Broadford?

Camp 1 - Tatura Internment Camp
(Tatura, Victoria)

Camp 2 - Tatura Internment Camp
Later known as No. 19 POW Camp
(Tatura, Victoria)
Camp 3 - Rushworth Internment and POW Camp
(Tatura, Victoria)
Camp 4 - Rushworth Internment and POW Camp
(Tatura, Victoria)
Camp 5 - Myrtleford POW Camp
(Victoria)

Camp 6 - Graytown POW Camp
(Tatura, Victoria)

I seem to have two entries now
for Camp 6? I think this No. is incorrect.

Camp 13 - Murchison POW Camp
(Tatura, Victoria)

Is this the same as PWCC Murchison?

Camp 19 - Tatura POW Camp
(Victoria)
Camp Darley?
(Darley-Bonegilla)
Camp Pell - Victoria 
(part of Australian Army Camp)

Dhurringile Internment and POW Camp  

"Green Mill Temporary Internment Camp
(Melbourne, Victoria)
Heidelberg Military Hospital
(Victoria)
PWCC V1 Hamilton PWCC V2 Colac PWCC V3 Wakool (Hostel)
PWCC V4 Leongatha

PWCC V4 Korumburra

PWCC V5 Kyneton PWCC V6 Orbost (Hostel)
PWCC V7 Yarram PWCC V8 Wangaratta PWCC V9 Berrigan
PWCC V10 Henty PWCC V11 Warragul PWCC V12 Broadford
PWCC V13 Maffra PWCC V14 ? PWCC V15 Camperdown
PWCC V16 Kerang PWCC V17 Swan Hill PWCC V18 King Lake
PWCC V19 Koo-Wee-Rup (Bayles Camp)
Koo-Wee-Rup, Victoria
PWCC V20 Mildura PWCC V21 ?
PWCC V22 Yarram PWCC V23 ? PWCC V24 ?
PWCC V25 Hume
(Bandiana-Bonegilla)
PWCC Bolga Melbourne Hospital
(Melbourne, Victoria)
Mornington Peninsula? Puckapunyal?  Rowville Internment  Camp
(Victoria)

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Camp 11 - Harvey Internment Camp
(south of Perth, WA)

Camp 16 - Marrinup POW Camp

No. 11 Detention Barracks Fremantle Prison
Later located at Melville Army Camp
Jarrahdale POW Camp
(70 kms south of Perth)
No 8 Prisoner of War Labour Detachment from No 13 camp, Victoria
Located at Karrakatta Army Base
North Dandalup Work Camp
Northam POW Camp Northcliffe POW Camp
(about 250 km south of Perth)
Parkeston Transit and Detention Camp
Rottnest Island POW Hostel Wembley POW Camp
(Incorrect name used by some for the POW Camp at Karrakatta Army Base)
Woodman's Point Internment Camp
PRISONER OF WAR CONTROL CENTERS (PWCC's)
IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
DURING WW2
W1 Bridgetown W2 Kendenup W3 Darkan
W4 Kojanup W5 Tambellup W6 Wagin
W7 Popanyinning W8 Margaret River W9 Beverley
W10 Quairading W11 Kellerberrin W12 Narembeen
W13 Kununoppin W14 Kukerin W15 Yearling
W16 Wyalkatchem W17 Kondinin W18
W19 W20 Jarrahdale POW Work Camp W21
W22 W23 W24
W25 W26 W27
W28 Northcliffe POW Work Camp    

 

I'm sure there were many more such POW & Internment camps

 

Please help me out

 

Italians interned in Australia during WW2 

 

"TIGHNABRUAICH", 195 CLARENCE ROAD, INDOOROOPILLY
USED TO INTERROGATE JAPANESE PRISONERS DURING WW2

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"The Post History of Internees and Prisoners of War in Australia during World War II"
By Phil Collas

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Joanne Tapiolas, Greg Derfel (now deceased ) and Ernie Polis for their assistance with this home page.

 

Can anyone help me with more information?

 

I need your help

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This page first produced 8 January 2001

This page last updated 23 November 2016