PARKESTON TRANSIT AND DETENTION CAMP, WA
DURING WW2

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visits since 19 January 2002

 

LOCATION - 600 kms east of Perth WA, 2 kms north east of Kalgoolie adjacent to the Trans-Australia Railway Line

 

DATES - June 1940-March1947

 

CAPACITY - 20 POWs in small cells

 

No OF COMPOUNDS
1 Australian Army transit depot 

1 Internee holding compound

1 POW holding compound

 

COMMANDANT - Various appointments

 

2IC/ADJUTANT - None located

 

MEDICAL OFFICER - Civilian medical staff used

 

GUARDS - Escorting guards accompanying POWs and Internees utilized

 

CAMP FUNCTIONS - Provide short-term accommodation for Army Personnel, Internees and POWs transiting across Australia by rail.

Also used to hold Japanese POWs captured at sea by allied shipping visiting Fremantle while in transit to Japanese POW camps in the eastern states.

 

CURRENT STATUS - Nothing is remaining as all was demolished and removed in 1947.

 

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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