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Harvey Internment Camp Memorial Shrine

Access to the Memorial Shrine

Use the code C1940 to access the Shrine.

If you have any issues, please call Shire of Harvey Rangers on 0419 047 528.

About the Memorial Shrine

Discover our WWII Internment history at the Harvey’s Internment Camp Memorial Shrine. The only roadside shrine of its type in the world, it was built by prisoners of war in the 1940s.

When Mussolini and Hitler joined forces and declared war on Great Britain and France, all German and Italian migrants living in the allied countries were categorised as enemy aliens and subsequently interned in camps. One of these camps was situated in Harvey, known as Camp #11 with more than 1000 internees.

One of the prisoners instigated the construction of an altar made of stone, depicting the Catholic faith. The shrine still stands today and was enclosed in a chapel in 1992.

Housed in the chapel are several sculptures and an “Australia Remembers” static display.