Do you have a story about Japanese civilian internees?

Japanese civilian internees at Woolenook woodcutting camp near Barmera, South Australia, 1944 (Australian War Memorial, ID 122978).

As part of my research into Japanese civilians who were interned in Australia during World War II, I’m looking for people who would like to share personal or family stories about Japanese civilian internees (particularly Japanese who were interned at the Loveday camps in South Australia).

Can you help? If you are a former internee, or have a family member who was interned, or have some other personal connection to Japanese civilian internees in Australia (eg you worked at or lived near the camps), I’m hoping to:

  • Interview you/your relative about the Japanese civilian internment experience in Australia
  • Read any letters/diaries about Japanese internment in Australia
  • See photos of the Japanese internment camps

Your stories will help me complete my doctoral research project at the University of Technology, Australia (however, I won’t directly quote from the material unless you give me permission to do so).

My project comprises:

  1. A historical study about the impact of internment on Japanese civilians;
  2. A novel-length work of historical fiction set inside the Loveday internment camps in South Australia during World War II.

Want to know more? See the “About” page of this website, or email:

Published by C Piper I’m a mixed-race Japanese-Australian writer and editor. My debut novel, After Darkness, won the 2014 The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. It's about Japanese civilian internment in Australia (see: and Japan's biological warfare program. My articles, reviews and short stories have been published in various newspapers, magazines, journals and anthologies.

2 thoughts on “Do you have a story about Japanese civilian internees?

  1. My Grandpa, grandma with 6 children, including my father also taken to tatura, lived there for 6 years, i’d love to know some stories about those people experienced in Tatura japanees refugee camp

    1. Hi,
      Thanks for your comment. You’re in luck – I’m about to post a few interviews I did with former Tatura internees. Please check back in the next week or two. If you have any stories to share about your father’s experience of internment, please contact me. Thanks for looking!
      Kind regards,

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