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A statue commemorates Albert Coates, a doctor who was a Prisoner of War of the Japanese during World War Two.
In 1941 Coates was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel and Senior Surgeon to the second AIF in Malaya. Following the Japanese landings on the Malay Peninsula, Coates moved with the 2nd / 10th Australian General Hospital to Singapore. A few days before the city surrendered he was a part of a group ordered to Java. Their convoy was bombed; Coates was rescued and reached Sumatra. There he treated casualties and declined opportunities to leave.
He became a prisoner of the Japanese and in May 1942 was sent to Burma. Conditions were deplorable, the treatment brutal, and the death rate enormous. In 1944 he became responsible for a major prisoners’ hospital in Thailand.
After the war Coates returned to Melbourne and resumed his distinguished medical career. In 1953 he was made a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, London, and in 1955 received a knighthood.
|Address:||Sturt & Dawson Streets, Ballarat, 3350|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.561547|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
|Monument Designer:||Louis Laumen|
|Monument Manufacturer:||Fundere Fine Art Foundry|
Colonel Coates stood out...he not only saved lives...he saved reason...he was a man among men."