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On Radji Beach

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
When Singapore fell dramatically to the Japanese on 15 February 1942, hundreds of people scrambled to the docks to flee. Amongst the evacuees were 65 Australian nurses who boarded a coastal freighter named the Vyner Brooke. They only made it as far as the waters off Muntok Island near Sumatra. There, Japanese bombers sank the small ship. Those who survived the sinking drif ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Pan Macmillan Australia
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Brenda
Feb 20, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Brenda by: Bronwyn Parry
This extremely well researched slice of history is an incredibly sad, yet poignant story of the events of 65 Australian nurses, who went to Singapore in 1941 to help with the war effort. The story of their incredible courage, their compassion and love for their patients and each other, is one everyone should read.

When the first bomb hit Singapore on the 7th December, 1941, the request was put in to evacuate the nurses back to Australia. The wheels of authority turned slowly, but the final group
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Tessa
Apr 19, 2013 Tessa rated it did not like it
Badly researched. The story is amazing (my grandmother is one of the nurses) but there are just too many errors for me to respect this book. In one of the photos he incorrectly identifies my grandmother as Vivian Bullwinkel, one of the main figures it the book. While this could be considered a minor mistake, in combination with the huge errors he makes about my grandmother (something that could be easily corrected by talking to any of her family - all of us would have happily obliged) and knowin ...more
Lisa
Hard on the heels of my reading of an Occupation novel and a collection of refugee stories, comes this compelling history of the Australian nurses whose evacuation during the Fall of Singapore is now the stuff of legend amongst people of my generation. On Radji Beach is their story, and although the book doesn’t wallow in their tragedy, it’s often harrowing to read. I had to wander around in the peace of my garden for a while after I had finished reading it, and it’s taken me a day or two to com ...more
Bronwyn
Feb 21, 2012 Bronwyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: australian, history
This is an interesting and well-researched book in which Shaw traces what happened to a group of 65 Australian Army nurses from their arrival in Malaya in 1941, through their evacuation from Singapore just before it fell to advancing Japanese forces in February 1942, and the events that unfolded after the the sinking of their evacuation ship, the Vyner Brooke.
Jenna Cosgrove
Jan 09, 2013 Jenna Cosgrove rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Very gripping story of an amazing group of Australian nurses and their experiences in Singapore during WWII. Recommended for WWII buffs, history buffs and anyone interested in a sad but inspiring story.
Joanne
Mar 17, 2012 Joanne rated it really liked it
Excellent book that tells the account of 60 Australian nurses captured by the Japanese in Indonesia in WWII.
Jacinda
Mar 15, 2012 Jacinda rated it really liked it
I am intrigued by the events of WWII but find they are mostly about men. This book focuses on the female nurses...so sad, but well worth the read.
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