Sandakan Memorial

ANZAC Park

 

Brisbane Street - Tamworth

 

The Sandakan Memorial is a topographical model showing the route of the death marches between Sandakan and Ranau. Mt. Kinabula, the highest mountain in South East Asia, in the background.

In 1942, 1800 soldiers of the 8th Division AIF and 750 British Servicemen, all prisoners of the Imperial Japanese Army, were marched to Sandakan to build an airfield. 900 prisoners died on that march. In 1944, towards the end of the war, all but 288 of the remaining prisoners were force marched from Sandakan to Tanau. Only eight of them survived to tell us this story. The 288 left behind at Sandakan were systematically slaughtered by the Japanese in an effort to leave no witnesses.

The Chairman and Directors of the Sandakan Memorial Foundation Limited unveiled and dedicated this memorial on July 31st, 1994.

The memorial bears about 150 names of men known to have enlisted from the Northern Regions of New South Wales. These names are featured on three plaques and a fourth plaque tells the story of the Sandakan tragedy.

A scale model, cast in bronze, surmounts the memorial and shows the route of the death marches from Sandakan to Ranau where the last remaining 33 Australian POWs were put to death by their guards.

The foundation is greatly indebted to the City of Tamworth. the Tamworth R.S.L. Sub-branch, NBN3 and the people of the Northern Regions of New South Wales. Without such magnificent support and assistance, this Memorial would not have been possible.

 

"Lest We Forget"

Further information is available at the following links

Central Northern Regional Library Service

Monument Australia

 

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