Australian Prisoners in the Asia-Pacific
Maps: Sites of capture and places of internment
Locations in South East Asia where Australians were captured
This map shows the major locations in South East Asia and the South West Pacific where Australian prisoners of the Japanese were captured. The map identifies from west to east Malaya and Singapore (where nearly 15 000 were captured) and Java, then Ambon, Timor and New Britain further east. Banka Island, where survivors of the sinking of the Vyner Brooke came ashore is marked, as is the Sunda Strait, between Sumatra and Java, HMAS Perth and USS Houston were sunk.
Main sites of capture of Australian POWs: map description
The three oceans, the Pacific to the north, the Indian to the west and the Coral Sea to the east mark the extent of the map, with Thailand to the north west and northern Australia marking the foot of the map. All except Thailand and Papua (below northern New Guinea) and Australia have been identified as areas occupied by Japanese forces.
Locations where Australians were interned
Places of internment of Australian POWs: map description
The map marks the major locations in South East Asia where Australian prisoners of the Japanese were interned. The map extent is marked by Manchuria, Korea and Japan in the north, Burma in the west and northern Australia in the south.
To the south, Hainan Island, Burma (now Myanmar), Thailand, French Indochina, Johore and Singapore each had places of internment as did Borneo, Sumatra and Java. Extending south-east, locations in Ambon, Timor and New Britain are also marked.