NORTH DANDALUP WORK CAMP, WA

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TITLE - North Dandalup Out camp

 

LOCATION - 70 kms south of Perth WA, 5 kms east of the town of North Dandalup in the Darling Range

 

DATES - February 1942-March 1952

 

CAPACITY - 40 Germans

 

No OF COMPOUNDS - 1 German unfenced sleeping hutted area

 

COMMANDANT - Various Guard officers accompanying wood cutting parties

 

MEDICAL OFFICER - Medical orderlies attached from No 16 POW Camp 

 

GUARDS - Detachments No 8 POW Guard Company from No 16 Camp 

 

CAMP FUNCTIONS - German POWs engaged in firewood collection stationed there in order to save daily travel from No 16 Camp at Marrinup.

Camp originally built in February 1942 as a commando training camp for the 3rd Tactical Guerilla Warfare Group.

They were to remain behind the invading Japanese and conduct subversive warfare against them.

Camp later used by displaced persons from Europe until March 1952.

 

CURRENT STATUS - Until 1992 the area was untouched except for the removal of the huts in 1952. The roads, machinery, and other artefacts such as Q-Store items (boots, blankets, webbing etc) were cleared to make way for the construction of the new North Dandalup Dam 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I'd like to thank Ernie Polis for his kind assistance with information for this and many other pages about POW and Internment camps in Western Australia.

 

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