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Wartime internment camps in Australia

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  • Karl Rudolf Otto Frank (1902 - d.)
    Rudolf Frank escaped from Germany to England in March 1939, there he was detained in a camp between May 1940 and July (?) 1942, then brought to an internment camp in Australia.

Wartime internment camps in Australia

Please add persons who were interned by the Australian government during WWI and WWII.

In the interests of national security the Australian Government interned thousands of men, women and children during World War I and World War II. Most of those interned were classed as 'enemy aliens', that is, nationals of countries at war with Australia. Internees were accommodated in camps around Australia, often in remote locations.

The National Archives holds records about these camps, their development and administration, as well as about the government policy that established them. The collection also includes records about the people who spent the war years in internment and property seized.

Australia interned almost 7000 people during World War I, of whom about 4500 were enemy aliens and British nationals of German ancestry already resident in Australia.

Australia interned about 7000 residents, including more than 1500 British nationals, during World War II. A further 8000 people were sent to Australia to be interned after being detained overseas by Australia's allies. At its peak in 1942, more than 12,000 people were interned in Australia.

Internment Records



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