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A monument commemorates all Australian and British Servicemen who were Prisoners of War (POW) at Borneo during World War Two and did not return. It lists by name the 137 Western Australians who were sent to Borneo and who died there.

In August 2001 the Borneo POW Relatives Association of Western Australia erected a plaque in Marri Walk Kings Park dedicated to those who died at Sandakan. Then in 2005 the association erected a memorial dedicated to those POWs who died in Borneo.

At the dedication service the Carine Senior High School were appointed custodians of the monument.

Over 3400 Australian and British POWs incarcerated at Borneo died at Sandakan, on the Ranau Death Marches, at Ranau, Kuching, Jesselton and other POW camps. The deaths were as a result of enforced marches, neglect, starvation, mass executions and from various tropical diseases with no treatment provided.


Address:Marri Walk, Kings Park & Botanic Gardens, Kings Park , 6005
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.956569
Long: 115.839245
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 25th August, 2005
Front Inscription

This memorial is dedicated to the 3400 Australian and British servicemen who were Prisoners Of War in Borneo during World War II and did not return home.

They endured great suffering and loss at the hands of their captors at Sandakan, on the Death Marches to Ranau, at Kuching and other P.O.W. Camps.

These honour rolls list the names of the 137 Western Australians who did not survive.

"They Are Not Dead ; Not Even Broken ;
Only Their Dust Has Gone Back Home To The Earth ;
For They, The Essential They, Shall Have Rebirth
Whenever A Word Of Them Is Spoken."  
Dame Mary Gilmore 

WA Honour Roll 

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Back Inscription

The Borneo Prisoner of War Relatives Association of Western Australia Inc.

Gratefully acknowledges the support given for this memorial by : -

RSL of Australia - WA Branch
Botanic Gardens and parks Authority
WA Ex POW Association
Department of Veterans Affairs
Hollywood Private Hospital
Street Furniture Australia
Lions CLub of Floreat
Association Members
General Public

Custodians - Carine Senior High School

Original Drawing - Colin Prior
Civil Design - Rein Loo
Principal ENgineer - Rod NEaves

Constructed by Byblos Construction Company
Plaques by Poolgrave Signs & Engraving
Seats by Street Furniture Australia

Dedicated on Sandakan Day
Sunday 28th August 2005

Inscription in Proximity

In honour of Sandakan Prisoners Of War W W II 

1800 Aust  750 British

Honoured place in history

Borneo P O W Group

We will remember them

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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