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A tree commemorates Lieutenant Kathleen Neuss who was shot by the Japanese on Banka Island in 1942 during World War Two.

On Banka Island in 1942, twenty-two Australian nurses who were on the Vyner Brook which was sunk by the Japanese were then ordered by the Japanese to form a line and walk into the sea. The women knew what was going to happen to them, but none panicked or pleaded for mercy. When the water had reached the nurses` waists, the Japanese opened fire on them. Sister Bullwinkel was hit in the back by a bullet and knocked off her feet.

Upon discovering that she was only wounded, she pretended to be dead. She later gave herself up to the Japanese. Realising that the lives of other survivors of the Vyner Brooke would be at risk if the Japanese discovered what she had seen, Sister Bullwinkel concealed her wound from the Japanese and treated it herself. She survived harsh imprisonment to give evidence of the massacre at a war crimes trial in Tokyo in 1947.


Address:66 - 76 Evans Street, Inverell Returned Servicemens Memorial Club, Inverell, 2360
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.773695
Long: 151.115782
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:12-February-1942
Actual Event End Date:12-February-1942


Front Inscription


Lt Kathleen Margaret Neuss

12th A. G. H. 

Shot by the Japanese

12 - 2 - 42

Banka Island

Source: MA,SKP
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