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History of camps explored

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December 06, 2017

Consul General of Japan Kazuyoshi Matsunaga looks over the land and remains of camps near Rushworth.

Consul General of Japan Kazuyoshi Matsunaga and Tatura and District Historical Society president Steve Barnard at the Tatura Museum.

Consul General of Japan Kazuyoshi Matsunaga and Toshiki Tojo visited Camp 4 near Rushworth where Japanese families were held during World War II.

Special guests: Historical Society member Bill Ballantyne has a chat with Consul General of Japan Kazuyoshi Matsunaga and Toshiki Togo about the location of camps.

The Tatura and District Historical Society was delighted to host Kazuyoshi Matsunaga, the Consul General of Japan, who was very interested in the history relating to Japanese POWs and civilian internees held in camps in the area during the war in November.

Japanese POWs were held in Camp 13, near Murchison, following the infamous break-out at Cowra, and Japanese families were held in Camp 4 near Rushworth.

Museum officials escorted Mr Matsunaga to the site of both camps, which was a productive and enjoyable experience for everyone.

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