Friday, September 26, 2014

Cowra……………………….Day 186

26 Sept 2014

44 days until I see Mandurah again.

Today there was a lot to see. Lance has a connection to Cowra through his father’s business partner who was one of the soldiers on duty on August 5th 1944, the night of the “The Cowra Breakout”.

Starting at the POW Theatre at the Information Centre, we heard the story of the Cowra Breakout. Next was a visit to where the POW camp was located. Little remains but there are story boards to help you visualise what once stood here. A replica Guard Tower stands at the site.



The memorial in the middle of the photo is where the initial breakout took place. Onwards to the two War Cemeteries, one being the Japanese War Cemetery. Established in 1964, this site remains the only official Japanese war cemetery in the world.


Aside the Japanese War Cemetery is the Cowra War Cemetery. This is the resting place for the 4 Australian soldiers killed in the Cowra Breakout. Lest we Forget.


In the afternoon I went to the Japanese Gardens which was preparing for the Cherry Blossom Festival tomorrow._MG_0070magnoliawebMagnolia

I took my macro lens for a change and had a great time photographing the beautiful trees in blossom.

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_MG_0235pink_weeping_cherrywebPink weeping cherry tree.

There were a number of ducks in the ponds and a lot of little babies. So obvious it is Spring time.


Tomorrow is the Aussie rules Football Grand Final. Party pies here we come.

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