On Radji Beach The Story of the Australian Nurses POW book

On Radji Beach The Story of the Australian Nurses POW


On Radji Beach The Story of the Australian Nurses after the Fall of Singapore
by I W Shaw

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This is the story of 65 Australian Army nurses who boarded a coastal freighter the Vyner Brooke in Singapore on 12 February 1942.

It is one of the most famous Australian stories to come out of World War II and several documentaries have been made about the doomed voyage and subsequent massacre of the nurses on Radji Beach by Japanese Army.

It is well-known that there was only one survivor of the massacre that being Vivian Bullwinkel.

A story of courageous women triumphing over adversity in Japanese internment camps, starvation and disease as POWs over the next three and half years.

Several of the nurses published books about their wartime experiences, Betty Jeffrey, Jessie Simons, and Pat Darling.

Biographies have also been written about Vivian Bullwinkel and Wilma Oram. Several of these women contributed  their experiences to the acclaimed film Paradise Road - although a partly fictionalised account provides the viewer with excellent information of life as a Japanese POW.

Betty Jeffery wrote of her experiences in her own book titled White Coolies

For further reading the following may be helpful

Bullwinkel (bio of Vivian Bullwinkel), 

While History Passed (written by nurse POW survivor Jessie Simons)

White Coolies (written by nurse POW survivor Betty Jeffery)

Sisters in Captivity (2023 new book by Colin Burgess)

Captives by Catherine Kenny

Back to Bangka (2023 new book about nurse Bud Elmes)

Radji Beach by Ian Shaw

Another book which may be of interest, is the life and times of the Australian Rabaul POW nurses titled Lost Women of Rabaul.

Similarly, a movie was also made about them called Sisters of War.

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Book Condition:
Outer Cover on Book:
Soft Cover
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Dimensions in mm :
130 x 200

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