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.
SANDAKAN MEMORIAL 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,
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
Municipal War Memorials
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