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Italian Prisoners of War Memorial : 07-June-2013
Italian Prisoners of War Memorial : 07-June-2013
Photographs supplied by Arthur Garland

The Memorial commemorates Italian Prisoners of War from World War Two who were interned in Griffith from 1940 to 1947.

Italian prisoners of war in Australia were Italian soldiers captured by the British and Allied Forces in World War Two and taken to Australia.

On 10 June 1940, Italy entered the Second World War on the side of Germany. During the course of the war, Great Britain and their allies captured in Ethiopia and North Africa approximately 400,000 Italian troops, who were sent to POW camps all over the world, including Australia.

Between 1941 and 1945, Australia received custody of 18,420 Italian POWs. The bulk came from British camps in India. During this time prisoners wore burgundy/maroon clothing.Then, after Italy signed an armistice with the Allies in September 1943, the Australian authorities took between 13,000 and 15,000 Italian prisoners out of the POW camps and put them to work.

Location

Address:Railway Street, Memorial Park, Behind Cenotaph, Griffith, 2680
State:NSW
Area:Foreign
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.287452
Long: 146.045693
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Approx. Event Start Date:1940
Approx. Event End Date:1947
Link:http://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 10th November, 1991
Front Inscription

          GRIFFITH ASSOCIATION
                 OF ITALIAN
       EX-PRISONERS OF WAR
             AND INTERNEES

COMMEMORANDO GLI ITALIANI CHE SOFFRIRONO
           IN PRIGIONIA 1940 - 1947
TO COMMEMORATE THE ITALIANS WHO SUFFERED
    AS PRISONERS OF WAR 1940 - 1947

      THIS PLAQUE WAS UNVEILED BY
                ALD. J. P. DAL BROI
      ON SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER 1991

PRESIDENT: MR M. LARICCHIAR       R. J. FAULKNER
SECRETARY: MR. R. LANDO               TOWN CLERK

TREASURER: MR. M. SOLIANI           GENERAL MANAGER
PATRON: ALD J. DAL BROI                GRIFFITH CITY COUNCIL

Source: MA,SKP,NRWM
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