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A bush wood cutting camp was established at Camp 6 Graytown POW Camp in the Tatura District during World War 2. Approximately 250 Italian and then German POW's were detained at Camp 6 Graytown POW Camp. The German POW's were mostly crew members from the German raider ship "Kormoran" which had sunk HMAS Sydney off the Western Australian coast. Some Finnish seamen were also held at Camp 6 Graytown.

In 1984, the new formed Tatura & District Historical Society identified the seven World War Two POW and Internment camps in the Tatura district of Victoria as being of significant historical importance for the district. The Society opened the Bill Doller Room in 1991 to house their collection on these camps.


Camp 1 Tatura Internment Camp Camp 2 Tatura Internment Camp Camp 3 Rushworth Internment Camp
Camp 4 Rushworth Internment Camp Camp 13 Murchison POW Camp Dhurringile POW Camp


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Subject:   Searching for information
Date:           Tue, 26 Jun 2001 09:26:29 +1200
From:           "Katrina Simpson"

Dear Peter,

My name is Katrina Simpson and I am trying to find out some information about my Grandfather David William Beckingham. I remember hearing a lot about him being Sergeant in the army and that he was at Graytown Victoria POW camp where the Germans were sent to thicken up their blood. How true this was I don't know. 

My mother was born in Nagambie during this time also. Any information that you could provide or suggest on the camp or the area would be appreciated. You can contact me at email address:

I am trying to put together some information for my children to get to know their Great Grandparents. I also know that David
Beckingham was in New Guinea with the army.

Thanking you in anticipation

Katrina Simpson


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