SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY of BOOKS (links to other related websites can be found toward the end of this page)
Armstrong, R. (2003). Short cruise on the Vyner Brooke. George Mann.
Arthurson, A. C. (2009). The Story Of 13th Australian General Hospital; 8th Division; 2nd A. I. F.; 1941 – 1945.
Brewer, F. (1991). Prisoners of the Japanese: A record of certain camps in the Palembang area of Sumatra. Tunbridge Wells: E. M. Brewer.
Brummelaar, E. (1996). You can’t eat grass. [Sydney] E. ten Brummelaar.
Campbell Hill, A. (1994). Scenes from Sumatra. Almondsbury.
Clancy, V. A. (1992). The Vonnie Clancy story. Robinvale, Victoria. V. Turner.
Cullen, G. S. & Grant, M. E. (1946). A memorial of Margaret Dryburgh, Ann Armstrong Livingston, Sabine Elizabeth Mackintosh … With an account of their internment by their fellow-prisoner. London: Presbyterian Church of England.
Darling, P. (2001). Portrait of a nurse: Prisoner of war of the Japanese, 1942-1945, Sumatra. Mona Vale, NSW, Australia: Don Wall.
Felton, M. (2011). Children of the camps: Japan’s last forgotten victims. London: Pen & Sword Books.
Fulford, S. M. (2016). Training, ethos, camaraderie and endurance of World War Two Australian POW nurses. Curtin University Masters Thesis.
Horn, S. H. (1987). Promise deferred. Washington, DC: Review and Herald Pub. Association.
Jacobs, G. F. (1980). Prelude to the monsoon: Assignment in Sumatra. Stroud: History Press.
Jeffrey, B. (1988). White coolies: The graphic account of Australian nurses held captive during World War 2. North Ryde, N.S.W: Eden.
Kok-Schurgers, G. P. (2011). The remains of war: Surviving the other concentration camps of World War 2. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, Inc.
Kuyl, A. (1984). Opgeborgen bij de evenaar: Het leven in 4 Japanse burgerinterneringskampen voor mannen op Sumatra. Gravenpolder: Jumbo-Offset. [Dutch]
Landzaad, B. A. (1997). Betsy’s story: Recollections of a civilian prisoner of war, Sumatra 1942-1945. Mount Evelyn, Victoria: Phoebe Pub. [Recollects Pematang Siantar, Poeloe Brayan and Aek Pamienke camps]
Leffelaar, H. L. (1980). De Japanse regering betaalt aan toonder: Een oorlog die niet verdween. Alphen aan den Rijn: A.W. Sijthoff. [Dutch]
Lim, J. (1958). Sold for silver: An autobiography of a girl sold into slavery in Southeast Asia. Singapore: Monsoon Books.
Maddever, J. C. & Manson, L. (2011). Unposted letters from a Japanese prisoner of war camp, 1942-1945. Wellington, N.Z.: Steele Roberts.
McCabe, S. J. (2010). Waiting for the durian: A child’s life as a prisoner of war. Bloomington, IN: Trafford.
McDougall, W. H. (1983). Six bells off Java: A narrative of one man’s private miracle.
McDougall, W. H. (1983). By Eastern windows: The story of a battle of souls and minds in the prison camps of Sumatra. Salt Lake City: Western Epics.
[In Chapter 8 of his book ‘By Eastern Windows’, William McDougall (American journalist and later priest) wrote about his Christmas in 1942 spent as a civilian internee in the camp at Palembang which can be read here]
MacLeod, I. (2005). I will sing to the end. Singapore: Horizon Books and Coco’s Publications: Worthing, Sussex.
Roberts, D. E. (1978). Llandysul: Gwasg Gomer [Welsh Language].
Roberts, D. E. (1996). No bamboo for coffins. Denbigh: Gee and Son.
Simons, J. E. (1954). While history passed: The story of the Australian nurses who were prisoners of the Japanese for three and a half years. London: Heinemann.
Simons, J. E. (1985). In Japanese hands: Australian nurses as POWS. Melbourne: Heinemann.
Smyth, J. G. (1970). The will to live: The story of Dame Margot Turner. London: Cassell.
Starnes, P. (2010). Surviving Tenko: The story of Margot Turner.
Stubbs, R. S. (1995). Prisoner of Nippon. Upton upon Severn: Square One.
Taylor, K. D. (2011). Faith: Behind the fences: A true story of survival in a Japanese prison camp. American Fork, Utah: Covenant Communications.
Topping, G. (Editor). (2007). If I get out alive: World War II letters and diaries of William H. McDougall Jr. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press.
Tuttle, J. B., Zelling, J. M. T. & Toeter, J. T. (2005). Mammie’s journal of my childhood: Interned in Sumatra. New York: iUniverse.
Tyrer, N. (2011). Stolen childhoods: The untold story of the children interned by the Japanese … Orion Publishing Group.
United States Army. Far East Command (1953).Palembang and Bangka Islands operations record.[Tokyo?]: The Command.
Warner, L. & Sandilands, J. (1997). Women beyond the wire: The story of prisoners of the Japanese, 1942-45.
A critique of the film Paradise Road can be read HERE.
MANUSCRIPTS OF RECOLLECTIONS AND DIARIES OF CIVILIAN INTERNEES (Most of these are either at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) or still in private hands).
“Five Months on the Run” – Charles Herridge’s recollections of his escape from Singapore and his hiding from the Japanese before being captured and eventually held at Muntok, as told to his daughter Jenny Norvick. October 1977.
Camp News – the newsletter produced by the internees themselves and circulated among them at the Palembang jail 1942-1943.
Bob Paterson’s Nursery Rhyme Book made for him in the Palembang Camp.
A Contemporary List of Male Internees’ Deaths Made by Someone in the Camp. [Given to us by Ron Bridge who was held captive as a child in Hong Kong]
Private Papers of D Robertson at IWM Transcript (9 pp, but p. 6 is missing) of a semi-official letter, dated October 1945, from the Singapore depot manager of the Marconi Company describing the uncertainties surrounding the evacuation of civilians from Singapore in early February 1942, his embarkation with other evacuees in the REDANG on 12 February, her sinking by two Japanese destroyers in the Bangka Straits the following day and his 24 hour voyage with other survivors in the lifeboat to Sumatra, their rescue by the TAPAH and her capture by the Japanese on 17 February and his living conditions during his subsequent internment in camps at Pladjoe, Palembang, Muntok and Loebek Linggau in Sumatra, 1942 – 1945. These pages can be read HERE.
“The Jeyes List” — a the remarkable document created by a Changi internee, Mr. J. Bennett, by microscopic writing on 18 pages of ‘Jeyes’ toilet paper which contained the names and last known existence of several thousand men. Now held in the United Kingdom National Archives at Kew.
Judy Balcombe’s summary of the Women and Children’s camps can be read HERE.
Military Prisoners of War Held at Palembang (Mulo School, Chung Wa School, and Sungei Ron)
Scholarly article: Sisters Behind the Wire: Reappraising Australian Military Nursing
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
Burt, G. Diary and papers. Manuscript diary, giving a contemporary descriptive account of Gordon Burt’s experiences from December 1941 to September 1944 (in pencil on 32 pages and 5 fragments of paper). Burt describes the fall of Singapore in February 1942, his escape and subsequent capture by the Japanese and his internment in South Sumatra at Palembang Military Barracks Prison; Palembang Military POW Camp, Palembang Native Criminal Jail and Muntok POW Camp on Banka Island. Burt records, “As each page was written it was sewn into my trousers as we never knew from day to day when the ‘Kampey’ would make one of their surprise visits and ruthlessly search for firearms, maps, papers, or any incriminating documents”. The collection also includes letters (including those mentioned in the diary which he received in the POW camp), photographs, newspaper clippings and Burt’s Order of the British Empire medal.
Manuscript reference no.:NLA MS 9038./ Bio/History: Burt was born in Dunedin, New Zealand and completed an engineering apprenticeship in the family firm of A & T Burt. In 1925 he joined the British Arctic Expedition as Chief Engineer. Soon after, he went to Singapore with Asiatic Petroleum Company, then later the Shell Company. In 1938 he married Maud Rohrbach. He joined the Singapore Volunteer Armoured Car Company and was awarded the O.B.E. in January 1942. After the fall of Singapore, he was captured by the Japanese near Palembang, Sumatra, and was a POW in Palembang and then at Muntok on Banka Island. He died in that camp on 28 January 1945.
Sanford, S. (1985). Audio interviews conducted by Susan Sanford with people connected with the Women’s Vocal Orchestra
Notes: 5 linear foot (1 manuscript box) Five audio tapes and their transcripts are included, together with a dub of the piece as it aired on NPR. A release form is in the first folder.
Named Person: Chambers, Norah; Colijn, Helen; Hennings, Patty; Longstreth, Stephen.
Mayer; Antoinette Colijn.
Named Corp: Women’s Vocal Orchestra.
Note(s): Bio/History: Susan Sanford did original interviews with several people about the Women’s Vocal Orchestra for a piece that aired on National Public Radio on May 27, 1985. These tapes are the raw recordings collected for the preparation of that piece. Helen Colijn and Antoinette Colijn Mayer were sisters and were prisoners in the WWII camp. Patty Hennings directed the Peninsula Women’s Chorus. Stephen Longstreth made a documentary film about the Vocal Orchestra called “Song of Survival.”
THESE BOOKS AND RESOURCES BELOW ARE ABOUT INTERNMENT BY THE JAPANESE IN GENERAL AND REFER TO PALEMBANG AND MUNTOK ONLY IN PASSING:
Archer, B. (2004). The internment of Western civilians under the Japanese, 1941-1945: A patchwork of internment. London: RoutledgeCurzon.
K. Blackburn and K. Hack (eds.). (2008).Forgotten captives in Japanese occupied Asia .London and New York.
Kenny, C. (1986). Captives: Australian army nurses in Japanese prison camps. St. Lucia , Qld. University of Queensland Press.
Researching FEPOW History (loads of articles and information plus group with over 700 members)
Children and Families of Far Eastern Prisoners of War
Far Eastern Heroes (Stories, many from the FEPOWs themselves)
Roll of Honour (lists service personnel & civilian deaths in the Far East during WW2. this site is over 1 gig in size).