Containing the enemy within: Australia’s wartime internment camps

Captured Lives by Peter Monteath

Internment or imprisonment has been a constant theme ever since the British settled Australia as a place for convicts. Early in World War One a shooting in Broken Hill raised alarm about the ‘enemy within’ – Australian citizens whose country of origin was on the opposing side of the Great War. Thousands were interned in camps and a new book revisits those camps and looks at the pain internment caused for many families but also some of the more positive ways lives were changed by the experience.

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