The war is long over but many believe ghosts remain from this event.
Prisoners of War
The POW camp (known as 'Cowra' from here on in) opened in June 1941 but the first prisoners, Italians, were not transferred there until four months later in October. At first prisoners were accommodated in tents but were quickly put to work building the weatherboard huts they would later move into in 1942. The first Japanese prisoner was Toyoshima Hajime who was captured by aborigines when his aircraft was damaged in the bombing of Darwin. He was handed over to the Australian Military and subsequently sent to Cowra.
To begin with security was fairly light at Cowra. The guards mainly consisted of old or disabled veterans as well as younger soldiers unfit for front line duty. However after the Japanese riot in Featherston POW camp in New Zealand security was stepped up with the instalment of Vickers and Lewis machine guns. These were nested around the camp and anyone attempting an unauthorised exit would have to deal with them.
A plan was formed to have the lower ranked Japanese prisoners moved to another camp. This was set to happen on the 5th of August and the day before hand, the 4th, the Japanese were informed of this course of action.
That night 359 POW's escaped. All were recaptured within ten days or found having commited suicide. Many POW's were also killed by their fellow prisoners for failing to act. All up 231 POW's and 4 Australian soldiers were killed during the breakout or the subsequent rounding up including Toyoshima Hajime who blew the Bugle that signalled the start of the escape.
The 'Cowra Breakout' was one of the largest prison breaks of World War 2 and the largest revolt in Australian History. No.12 POW Compound 'Cowra' closed in February 1947.
It would also seem that psychics and mediums have the greatest experiences upon entry, more than a few have stated that the energies of a very large number of dead Japanese still haunt the earth within the now demolished perimeter fenceline.