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Dunera Museum - Prisoner of War and Internment Camp Interpretive Centre

Hay Railway Station Platform, 421 Murray Street, Hay

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Hay Railway Station Platform, 421 Murray Street, Hay
Call us on (02) 6993 2161
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Established in 1999, the Dunera Museum-Hay Prisoner of War and Internment Camp Interpretive Centre houses a fascinating collection of exhibits, photographs and stories pertaining to the three prison camps that existed in Hay between 1940 and 1946. The museum resides within air conditioned carriages at the heritage listed Hay Railway Station, established in around 1882, which was once the marshalling yard for 6600 German, Austrian, Australian, Italian and Japanese civilian internees and Italian and Japanese POWs during WWII. They were housed in three camps of 1000 inmates each and were guarded by 600 members of the 16th Australian Garrison Battalion. The ‘Dunera Boys’ – as they came to be known – were a group of 1984 German Jews and other refugees of Nazi occupied Europe who became the first internees of British WWII policy. They arrived in Hay on 7 September, 1940, and today their stories are told through the museum’s collection of exhibits, photographs, memorabilia and music.

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