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Prison labour

Prison labour

A Japanese prisoner of war fixes imperfections in state house chimneys, at Featherston Military Camp in 1943. About 800 Japanese were held in the camp, and were assigned work duties. Some went on strike in February 1943, leading to a tragic incident and shooting in which 49 people died – 48 prisoners and one New Zealander.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, John Dobrée Pascoe Collection (PAColl-0783)
Reference: 1/4-000779; F
Photograph by John Dobrée Pascoe

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Ben Schrader, 'Wairarapa places - Featherston', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, updated 11 Jun 2015