Category Archives: World War 2

Stories of Loveday: Artists and Artisans

The internees of Loveday came from all walks of life and with a vast array of skills and abilities. Some were farmers, some were university professors, some were tradesmen, some were musicians. All had the same issue: how to survive … Continue reading

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Loveday stories: Escape Plans

Of the thousands of men interned at Loveday – Italians, Germans, and Japanese – perhaps it’s surprising that few escaped. Admittedly all had been captured as ‘enemy aliens’, in Australia or overseas, rather than on the battlefield. Many had never … Continue reading

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Leadership at Loveday

The man appointed to run the Loveday Internment Camps was Lieutenant Colonel Dean. As it turned out Edwin Thayer Dean was an inspired choice. He was an experienced and decorated military leader, having served in France in the Great War. … Continue reading

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A prison without prisoners

Camp 9, the first of the Loveday camps to be built, was constructed nearly a year before the first prisoners arrived. When Mussolini made an alliance with Hitler which sent Italy to war, the Army was instructed to build secure … Continue reading

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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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