Sandakan Memorial Park - Turramurra


Broken sandstone column on a sandstone base, to which is affixed a dedicatory plaque. The broken column symbolizes lives cut short, a fitting commentary on the fate of 2,538 young Australian and British POWs 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 Web Site, together with a bibliography of sources.The memorial is located off Du Faur Street.


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
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Recorded by
Mr Rusty Priest AM, former RSL State President (NSW Branch) and Peter Levarre-Waters
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1989-09-02 00:00:00.0
Dedication date
02 September 1989

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