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Heritage Artworks & Objects by Italian POW’s

Fri 22 March - Sun 24 March

The Cowra POW Camp housed Prisoners of War from Italy and Japan as well as Indonesian, Korean,
Taiwanese and Javanese internees. The first group of prisoners were Italians captured by Allied Forces in
North Africa. From 12,000 sent to Australia 2,000 were sent to Cowra.

During their long period in Cowra, many worked on farms in and around the Cowra district, others shared their artistic talents with the guards and local community.

The Italian POWs spent their time in workshops making toys, chess sets and picture frames. They also
created sculptures that reminded them of their homeland. The POWs performed operas, staged plays and formed bands. Somehow instruments were found and loaned to the POWs and make-shift stages were built to accommodate the performances. Many Cowra residents can remember listening to the
performances filled with music and singing, as they sat on the hills surrounding the camp.


Fri 22 March
Sun 24 March
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Cowra Regional Art Gallery
77 Darling Street
Cowra, NSW 2794 Australia
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Visual arts, Multi-Arts, Heritage
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