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The plaque commemorates the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Woolenook Bend Internment Camp where 264 Japanese internees worked during World War Two cutting wood for the Renmark and Berri pumping stations and river steamers.


Address:Heading Road, Heading Cliffs Lookout, Murtho, 5340
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.072873
Long: 140.800891
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:07-May-1942
Actual Event End Date:07-May-2017


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 7th May, 2017
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             This plaque was unveiled on
                   Sunday May 7th 2017
to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the opening of the
          Woolenook Bend Internment Camp
          on this site on Thursday May 7th 1942.
During World War II this camp held up to 264 Japanese internees who cut wood to supply the Renmark and Berri pumping stations. 
The wood was carted from here to Renmark by Captain Bob Reed and his steamer, the P. S. Ulonga and the barges Mallara and Aurora.
The camp was guarded by the 25th / 33rd Garrison Battalion under Lieutenant E. G. Jones and later Captain T. S. Brown.         
       The camp was closed on Sunday 6th May 1945.


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