On December 8, 1941, 13-year-old Evelyn Yamashita woke to find that a barbed wire fence had been built around her entire community on Thursday Island. The island’s Japanese population were kept there for two weeks until they were transported south to larger camps. Evelyn’s family were interned at Tatura for five and a half years.
“Kite fighting”, sumo wrestling… Maurice Shiosaki has mostly fond memories of being interned at Tatura family camp as a boy. The saddest moment for his family was when it was time to leave.