Blogging A-Z – April Challenge – D is for …..Dunera Museum

In July 1940 HMT Dunera departed Liverpool with more than 2,000 passengers, made up of Jewish refugees, Italian and German prisoners of War and guards.  The destination was unknown to the passengers. The conditions on board were harrowing and 57 days later the ship arrived in Australia, firstly in Melboune where the Prisoners of War disembarked before continuing it’s journey to Sydney.

Those passengers, who became known as the Dunera Boys were transported by train to a camp located in New South Wales in the town of Hay.

Today the location of the camp is desolate and located on the edge of town. Several of the railway carriages have been converted into a museum and it was here that we spent a couple of hours reading the various exhibits.

Between 1940 and 1946 the camp was “home” to over 6,000 German, Italian and Japanese Prisoners of War.

This final picture is of a small gathering of “Dunera Boys” painted at a recent reunion.

Taking part in the A-Z April Challenge

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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10 Responses to Blogging A-Z – April Challenge – D is for …..Dunera Museum

  1. says:

    Thanks Julie… I particularly enjoyed this post probably because the Italian born great grandfather of my three eldest Grandchildren was captured by the Allies, transported to Australia, and incarcerated in the Hay POW Camp in NSW during WW2.

    So impressed was he by this land of opportunity that after being repatriated to his homeland Giuseppe emigrated to South Australia… His Grandaughter, Josephine, my grandchildren's Auntie was my first “guest blogger” for 2013 where she shared his story. If you're interested in reading it, here's the link:

    Cheerio for now. Catherine


  2. Sharon says:

    A very interesting post. I had never heard of the Dunera boys previously.


  3. Dawn Malone says:

    Looks like beautiful, historic buildings. Hopefully they can continue to be preserved! Thanks for sharing!


  4. Pat says:

    Very interesting post!


  5. Trisha F says:

    I bet those boys have some stories to tell!


  6. Cheryl says:

    What beautiful images. Sounds like a great place to visit.

    Good luck with the challenge.



  7. Kristin says:

    Did the Jewish refugees stay in the POW camp too?


  8. Mac Pike says:

    Anglers Rest! A P.G. Wodehouse setting for the Mulliner stories. Love it already!
    Stopping by from A to Z


  9. Laeli says:

    Its a beautiful place…


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