Monthly Archives: July 2014

They Marched into Loveday

From Brisbane it took three days by train for the internees to reach the Riverland District of South Australia. The exact route from Queensland is not clear. According to Max Scholz, long-time resident of Barmera and eyewitness to the establishment … Continue reading

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent

From behind barbed wire at the Gaythorne camp in Brisbane, Giuseppe wrote a letter of appeal against internment, a one-pager covering six points. In brief, he argued that he’d been a law-abiding citizen for eighteen years, was not a member … Continue reading

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Under military guard

When the trains – loaded with Italian captives from the north of Queensland – arrived in Brisbane, responsibility passed from the police to the military. It is unclear how the internees were transported through the Brisbane suburbs to Gaythorne, where … Continue reading

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Transported like criminals

Internees were transported to Loveday Internment Camp by train. For those who lived far from South Australia, it was a long journey of discomfort and degradation. Sometimes the wagons were sealed and the windows barred. Sometimes people from the towns … Continue reading

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