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The Anzac Memorial Collection is a cornerstone in its mission to maintain the memory of NSW citizens who served, both home and abroad, during conflict and peace keeping activities. The Anzac Memorial continues to actively collect original material representing NSW and its citizen in both past and present conflicts.   If you would like to donate material to the Anzac Memorial please contact us at manager@anzacmemorial.nsw.gov.au or 8262 2900. Unfortunately the Anzac Memorial may not be able to accept a donation if it duplicates material already in the collection or if it does not fit within the parameters of our policy and mission. Please contact the Memorial before sending any items.

On this day

On this day
16 February

1942— BANKA ISLAND MASSACRE. Following the sinking of the SS Vyner Brook, many of the survivors, including 22 Australian nurses, reached the shore of Banka Island. Realising that their position was desperate, an officer from the ship set out with most of the women and children to surrender the group to the Japanese. The officer returned with 20 Japanese soldiers who ordered all the men capable of walking to move to hidden part of the beach and killed them. They then returned to the beach and ordered the 22 nurses and 1 British civilian woman to walk into the water. They were machine-gunned in the back. All the immobile survivors were then killed. Sister Vivian Bullwinkle pretended to be dead and was the only survivor