Cowra Prisoner of War Camp
Cowra Prisoner of War Camp
4.5

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RUTH H
Sydney, Australia20 contributions
Feb 2023
The information provided at this site gave us an insight into the way the camp was laid out and the way the POWs were segregated for safety reasons and their cultural differences. Whilst only a small section of the whole camp has been heritage listed, we were provided with information about how vast and isolated this camp was (even though only a short drive from the Town Centre). If you are war history buff or not, Cowra offers an honest review in the history of the breakout and the hardships experienced by the internment officers and the prisoners. The monuments from all four cultures involved are reverently represented.
Written February 11, 2023
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Natalie P
Avoca Beach, Australia224 contributions
Jul 2020
This was a unique tourist experience. I love the talking guard tower and tranquility of strolling around the large site, though it was difficult to fully imagine the site in full historical context. I would have liked some more labeling on existing footings. I loved the story of the Italians the most. Make sure you head right down the back to see the remains of some beautiful water fountains and read about the many contributions made by the Italians including their propagation and craftsmanship.
Written July 11, 2020
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Billpar
Shepparton, Australia65 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
The prisoner of war camp is a world heritage site & is beautifully signed & maintained. A must to visit when in Cowra.
At the guard tower there is a wonderful recording which gives a concise history of the camp & the diverse nationalities involved.
Written May 28, 2022
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Willyama1
Canberra, Australia250 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
The Cowra breakout is an important event in Australian history and it is interesting to visit the site to hear and read about what happened. The story of the breakout is well explained by a recording near the entrance and there is a terrific walk, set out around the site, dotted with interesting information boards. Just a couple of things, some of the boards were faded and difficult to read and it would be helpful if the ABCD quadrants were clearly marked. We were confused about just where they were. Its a great place to visit and the information provided is excellent.
Written August 25, 2020
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Jax B
Wangara, Australia69 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
The solitude of this site draws the visitor into the history of the place. The setting allows one to sense the scenery among the surrounding hills that encapsulated the camp site. The story boards offer differing perspectives of the previous inhabitants. A site well worth visiting.
Written February 20, 2020
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Rob
Canberra19 contributions
Sep 2020
This is not your typical memorial to an event in military history. The area acknowledges the 'breakout' and some of the people associated with the event. However, it is not a glorification. The area is peaceful, respectful, and at the moment, quite beautiful. You can learn, you can observe, or you can simply sit and experience the moment. I did enjoy my time wandering around the area that was the camp.
Written September 11, 2020
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Hacketteer
Canberra, Australia46 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
I found this a very interesting & poignant visit, learned more of the history of this camp. My grandfather had been in charge of the Italian camp in the early 1940s so I knew snippets of the history. Sobering but important to think about these moments in history.
Written May 10, 2021
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John G
Jamberoo, Australia494 contributions
Apr 2021
We wandered around the area read read the various pices of information. It explained how the Japanese POW's broke out of their jail. Many were killed doing this. Because i know a lot of Japanese people I realised early on this was probably a suicide breakout.
Written May 22, 2021
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Philippo A
Sydney, Australia405 contributions
Oct 2020
The camp itself only ruins but there are information boards, a replicator's guardhouse and some audio information.
We were surprised to learn how many Italians were in the camp..and that around 1500 Indonesians were housed there as well.
The whole place was fascinating and gave a great insight into life in Australia during a very dark time o our history.
Written October 26, 2020
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Gary S
12 contributions
Feb 2023
We drove to this location, parked the car and saw where the POW camp buildings were - we were wrong. There is a map at the start that shows you where all the building actually were, and it is huge. You can walk all around if you want - there are signs that I presume give you a little more information on each area, but it was a tad warm on the day we went, so we just took a short walk to a few things within the "compound". You could easily spend an hour or so here, its size is quite deceptive. Everyone should have this on their list of must do's when you are in Cowra. In fact, everyone should go to Cowra just to see this facility, along with all the other amazing sights.
Written February 12, 2023
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