Site of a railway accident caused by a bridge collapse at the 152 kilometre point
Taken September 1945
The photo is available from http://www.awm.gov.au
22 May 1943
Passing through - At this Camp, Konkoita, we saw interned Natives - possibly Burmese - and a little previous to this, up at or near where we spent the day, the Japanese gave the 29th Battalion permission to chase the 'boongs' with sticks, right out of the Camp, because of their filthy habits which had caused cholera to break out and made the river water quite dangerous for use unless boiled. Forty Natives have died here of cholera and have passed the disease on to our men. In the last few days we have lost 5 Australians, their deaths caused by the above disease.
Cholera continued its deadly work, and it was not until some days later that our Doctors were given a limited amount of anti-cholera vaccine. It undoubtedly saved many lives; although I knew of cases who died of cholera even after 1and 2 injections - and one case I knew of in particular, a man who suddenly took ill and died within 36 hours, although he had his 3rd injection of anti-cholera vaccine since arrival at the Camp.
Private GBW (Glen) Skewes