23rd February 2018

Dunera Boys

2pm,  Quaker Tapestry Museum, Friends Meeting House, Kendal – £5 (Talk and Tea Fundraiser) Limited places available, please purchase your ticket in advance.

Join history enthusiast, writer and Quaker Tapestry Volunteer, Roy Wilcock as he shares The Story of The Dunera Boys. The official documents of this story are still subject to a 100 year embargo by the British government!

The Dunera Boys – the little-known story of 2,500 interned refugees put on board a floating prison ship, the HMT DUNERA.  The WWII diaries and letters reveal the brutal treatment received at the hands of British army guards during this journey. The story also reveals fascinating insights of their time within the Australian internment camps.

Winston Churchill, who orchestrated the deportation of the men, later regarded this action as “A deplorable and regrettable mistake”

Discover how the Quakers responded to the refugee situation;  the practical help they put into place and how the British and Australian Quakers challenged both governments.

Funds raised from ticket sales to this event will go towards the completion of an embroidered panel depicting The Story of The Dunera Boys. The embroidery is taking place in Kendal for the Australian Quaker Tapestry Project.

We would like to offer our thanks to Roy for all his hard work in researching and revealing the story of The Dunera Boys. The creation of the story within an embroidered panel shows the Quaker Tapestry Museum’s dedication in paying homage to this story in our collaboration with the Australian Quaker Tapestry.