The Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial in Ballarat is a national memorial of national significance, unusually situated outside Canberra. It is on a number of Heritage registers. It includes 36,200 names and associated stories. There are 4,500 names where final resting places are known and 8,500 names where no known grave exists.
The Memorial committee met in 1996. At that time, there was no official list of POW’s. Details had to be searched individually by examining service files and other records. About 50 or so new names are added each year as the research continues. Japanese records were acquired in 1999.
Memorial designed by Peter Blizzard. The angle of the memorial is at 30 degrees, considered as optimum for viewing. The memorial opened in 2004 by the Governor General Cosgrove. The memorial includes panels arranged by war including Boer War – 291 names, WW1 – 8 panels of 4200 names 9 panels for WW2 – 4200 names. One man is listed for both WW1 and WW2.
A lone pone from Gallipoli has been planted near the Memorial.
Visit the website where a lot of information about the names listed is added and updated. An education kit for primary and secondary teachers has been developed.
View our list of true life accounts of Australian Prisoners of War.