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Memorial cairn and monument to Italian Prisoners of War (POW's) who died in P.O.W. camps .
The Italiam Prisoners of War took no part in the Cowra breakout and willingly worked in the area.
During World War Two at Britain's request , Australia agreed to take 18,000 Italian prisoners of war and the Cowra Camp (one of 28 in Australia) featured prominently by housing 2,000 of these at any one time. The overall numbers that went through Cowra may never be known but it is estimated at 4,000.
The Italians arrived in 1943 and onward and were housed in compounds A and C with approximately 1000 in each. It soon became apparent that many of these Italians were easy going and just wanted to work hard and see their time out. A number of them were trusted individuals who were able to drive vehicles and work on farms or do labouring work away from the camp. Many were allocated and stayed on surrounding farms.
|Address:||Sakura Avenue & Farm Road, Cowra, 2794|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.811621|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
LEST WE FORGET
CAMPI DI PRIGONIA
TUTTI LE GUERRE
TUTTI LE NAZIONI
(And Donated By Cowra Shire Council)
This monument has been erected
by the Italian community in Australia
to the memory of the Italian Prisoners
of War who died in P.O.W. camps
and to those of all nations who have
fallen in times of war
LEST WE FORGET