Australia 3rd Military District (Tatura) Concentration Camp 1 Shilling

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The Tatura Camp was actually an Internment Camp and consisted of four sections.  Camps 1 and 2 were at Tatura and Camps 3 and 4 were a few kilometers away in Rushworth.  Camp 1 housed primarily German and Italian Internees while Camp 2 first contained German Jewish refugees and later Italian POWs and German officers.  Camps 1 and 2 closed in January 1947.  Camp 3 was a family camp housing German and Italian families from Australia, Iran, Palestine and the Straits Settlements included in this group were some Jewish families.  Camp 4 was initially opened to house European internees but was changed after the entrance of Japan into the war to hold Japanese from Australia, Java, and New Caledonia.  Camp 3 was closed in February of 1946 and Camp 4 was closed in August of 1946.  Canteen coupons from Tatura are extremely scarce with only a 1 shilling known.

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