Sandakan Memorial Park, Turramurra


Broken sandstone column on a sandstone base, with a dedicatory plaque. The broken column symbolizes lives cut short, a fitting commentary on the fate of 2,538 young Australian and British prisoners of war who perished at the hands of a cruel foe. A detailed description of the Sandakan Death March is provided at the Australian Department of Veteran Affairs website, together with a bibliography of sources. The memorial is located off Du Faur Street within the park. 



This park was dedicated on 2nd September, 1989 to the memory of the 1800 Australian and 738 British members of the armed forces who died whilst prisoners of the Japanese at Sandakan in British North Borneo during World War Two. Only six survived the infamous Sandakan death march. This plaque was unveiled by His Worship the Mayor of Ku-Ring-Gai, Alderman Richard Lennon, accompanied by Mr Owen Campbell, B.E.M. One of the six survivors of Sandakan, in the presence of Major-General Sir Ivan Dougherty, CBE, DSO, ED, Bec, LLD. Stuart J Doyle Hon. Custodian Municipal War Memorials Warren Taylor Town Clerk


Du Faur Street
North Turramurra NSW 2074
Local Government Area
  • Ku-ring-gai Council
  • Garden/park
Memorial type
  • Garden/park
  • Column/pillar
Recorded by
Mr Rusty Priest AM, former RSL State President (NSW Branch) and Peter Levarre-Waters
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Dedication date
02 September 1989
  • Second World War, 1939–45

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