Researchers from Curtin and Murdoch universities have revealed the forgotten histories of Australian military experiences in Japan during and after World War II in a unique exhibition.
The multimedia exhibition – Fading Lights: Australian POWs and BCOF Troops in Japan 1945-52 – was created by Curtin University researcher Dr Stuart Bender and Murdoch University Associate Professor Mick Broderick. Their work showcases the places where Australian troops witnessed and survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, including former Prisoner of War (POW) camps where our troops and other Allied POWs worked as slave labourers in Japanese war industries.
Curtin University’s Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch (HIVe) was home to the exhibition. The HIVe, with its integrated matrix of 12 large HD screens and a 4-metre high 180-degree immersive dome, presented the archival and contemporary footage and recordings collated by Dr Bender and Professor Broderick, bringing the enormity of the bomb survivors’ experiences to the next generation.