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The Fighting Stingrays by Simon Mitchell
The Fighting Stingrays by
Call Number: F MIL
Publication Date: 2017
Charlie, Masa and Alf are best mates -- loyal and adventurous. They're the Fighting Stingrays. In between school, swimming and fishing on idyllic Thursday Island, they have a ripper time role-playing bombing missions and other war games. But when Japan enters World War II, the Fighting Stingrays are told that one of their own is now the real-life enemy. Drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse in the Torres Strait, their friendship and loyalties are tested as the threat of invasion looms closer.
Photo: Japanese prisoners arriving at Brisbane from New Guinea, ca.1945, (Source:SLQ: Image 45729)
Internment during World War II in Queensland took many forms. Allied prisoners of war (POWs) of German, Italian and Japanese origin, were brought here following capture in battle overseas. Enemy 'aliens' or residents of Australia with 'perceived' links to Axis nations were also placed in camps, for fear of enemy attack, spying or espionage. Many of these residents, including Indigenous Australians spent the wat years behind wire. Due to the vast numbers of troops located in Australia whilst training or awaiting departure overseas, incidents occurred requiring internment of Allied troops under military law.
More information can be found here:
Queensland WWII Historic Places.
The Fighting Stingrays - Activity Booklet
The History of Thursday Island
The Forgotten Front of WW II