The City of Melville Museums and Local History service is proud to partner with the Melville History Society to present to the community the annual Murdoch Lecture featuring PhD student Paul Taucher on Monday, 16 September 2019.
Paul Taucher will speak about World War Two (WWII) and an East Indies Prisoner of War camp in the lecture ‘Dilemmas of Responsibility: Command and Control on Ambon Island’.
“This presentation is for people interested in learning something new, absorbing information on military themes, fascinated by history, and supporters of the Melville History Society and City of Melville Museums and Local History service,” said City of Melville Mayor Aubrey.
“The City of Melville supports and values history and this is evident in both the support of the Melville History Society and the running of the Murdoch Lecture.
“Learn more about an important part of WWII history by attending this not to be missed annual lecture.”
2019 Lecture overview
During World War Two (1939 to 1945), the Imperial Japanese Navy held approximately 1,000 Australian and Dutch Prisoners of War (POW). They were held at Tan Toey POW Camp, on Ambon Island in the Netherlands East Indies.
During their captivity, over 400 of POWs died as a result of illness, overwork, and mistreatment. After the war, the commander of the camp, Captain Shirozu Wadami were held responsible for the treatment of the POWs. This lecture will explore the difficult position that Shirozu was placed in, as well as discussing his personal failure to improve conditions at the camp.
The annual Murdoch Lecture was inaugurated nearly 30 years ago by the late Professor Geoffrey Bolton to give PhD students the opportunity to present their research to the community.
The upcoming 2019 Murdoch Lecture will be held on Monday, 16 September 2019 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at AH Bracks Library + Creative Space, corner of Stock Road and Canning Highway, Melville.
To book a place and for more information, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/murdochlecture or contact 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.
Image: Cemetery, Tan Toey POW camp, Ambon Island, 1945