AMANDA RISHWORTH MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL
MEMBER FOR KINGSTON
THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR THE CENTENARY OF ANZAC
MEMBER FOR LINGIARI
75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMPLETION OF THE THAI-BURMA RAILWAY
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Thai–Burma Railway as we remember the sacrifice of Australian Prisoners of War (POW).
This historic milestone will be marked at a national ceremony today in Ballarat to remember all of those POWs who worked on the Thai-Burma Railway and those included in the notorious Hellfire Pass.
Hellfire Pass would become known as one of the most dangerous parts of the Thai-Burma Railway with its brutal conditions digging, drilling and blasting through solid rock.
The men who worked on the railway were subject to poor conditions, with little to no food and faced tropical diseases.
The railway which is 420km long was built through mountains in a thick jungle terrain.
The extreme conditions of the railway saw more than 12,500 Allied POWs die while working on the railway.
It is believed that 2,800 Australians died working in the Thai-Burma Railway, 700 at Hellfire pass alone.
Today we remember the sacrifice and service of those men, whose lives were never the same.