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The monument commemorates the Australia and British prisoners of war (including those from the Richmond Valley), who died, or were killed, or suffered on the Sandakan death marches, during World War Two. 

2,434 Australian and British prisoners of war died in the tragic Sandakan death marches during the Second World War. The marches across Borneo are regarded as the greatest atrocities committed against Australians during the war. More than 1,000 Australians died on the 260 kilometre trek through jungles and mountains, only six escaped and survived.


Address:Molesworth & Market Streets, Commemorative Park, Lismore, 2480
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.811172
Long: 153.273762
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 27th August, 2010
Front Inscription

To recognise the suffering of those from the Richmond Valley who died in the Sandakan tragedy 1942 - 1945

Unveiled by Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia 

27th August 2010

Lest We Forget



Left Side Inscription

Sandakan Death Marches

In special memory of some forty servicemen known to have come from the Richmond Valley

Lest We Forget

Back Inscription

The towns and villages live on,
The boys who played here once are gone.
The parrots cry, the river runs
And we do not forget our sons.
Erected by the Rotary Club of Lismore

Right Side Inscription

Sandakan Death March Memorial

In memory of the 1787 Australian and 641 British Prisoners of War who suffered and died such terrible deaths on the death marches and in the prison camps at Sandakan and Ranau  North Borneo 1942 - 1945

Source: MA
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