ROTTNEST ISLAND POW HOSTEL, WA
DURING WW2

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LOCATION - 20 kms off the coast of WA from the port of Fremantle

 

DATES - July 1944-March 1946

 

CAPACITY - 120 Italian POWs

 

No OF COMPOUNDS - 1 General purpose camp, ex No 10 Garrison Battalion camp known as the Airfield Camp

 

O.C.
Capt KE Selsmark, 
Lt FG Pearse and 
Lt Scott (dates unclear)

 

2IC/ADJUTANT - Various appointments as required

 

GUARDS - Detachments from No 8 POW Guard Company

 

CAMP FUNCTIONS - Remove defensive structures built to repel anticipated Japanese invasion in 1942, also restore island to pre war condition

 

CURRENT STATUS - Some foundations remain adjacent to the runway 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I'd like to thank Ernie Polis for his kind assistance with information for this and many other pages about POW and Internment camps in Western Australia.

 

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