Belalau & Beyond Presentation

The Australian Nurses Memorial Centre History & Heritage Committee presents “Belalau & Beyond” by Dr Judy Balcombe.

Dr Judy Balcombe has a deep interest in the lives of nurses and civilians who were in the Sumatran POW camps during the Second World War- particularly survivors of the Vyner Brooke which was sunk whilst escaping from Singapore in 1942.

Judy brings to life the story of the nurses who were in the camps, and discusses how she found so many of the previously unknown relatives of the nurses as well as the relationship that had been made with local residents. This talk provides original insight into the world of these nurses, civilians and locals and demonstrates how their experiences have influenced society today.