Collection MS 1219 - Ramale album

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AU PMB MS 1219


Ramale album


  • 1945-2009 (Creation)

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1; 35mm microfilm

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Pat Johnson is the daughter of Major Charles Bates, MC. Ramale, in New Britain, Papua New Guinea, was a Prisoner-of-War camp during World War II. The album covers the story of the release of Catholic priests, nuns and civilians from captivity on 14 September 1945 after internment by the Japanese. Pat’s father, Major Charles Dowson Bates, MC, was the officer-in-charge of the party that released the Ramale captives.

The Ramale album is a “scrapbook” style album created by Pat Johnson. It includes the original manuscript of a song titled “Sons of Australia” composed by Father Jos. Reischl, a Missionary of the Sacred Heart, with words by Sr Adela, when liberated from the Ramale prisoner of war camp on New Britain in 1945. The manuscript was presented by Father Jos. Reischl to Pat’s mother through Major Charles Dowson Bates in appreciation of their release. "Sons of Australia", referred to as the 'Ramale Anthem' was performed (with vocal) by the Salvation Army Melbourne Staff Band at the dedication of the Rabaul and Montevideo Maru National Memorial on 1 July 2012, at the Australian War Memorial by Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce, AC CVO, Governor General of Australia.
The album includes Sr Theodeberta’s account of her war years at Vunapope/Ramale where she refers to Psalm 46 written by Fr Reischl. Psalm 46 was also presented to Major Charles Bates and is included in this collection.
There are copied extracts of Gordon Thomas’ diary who was interned in Rabaul during World War II. The album also includes extracts from books, newspaper clippings and printouts of pictures and information from the Internet (mainly the Australian War Memorial online photographic database) that relate to the Ramale Prisoner-of-war camp.
OF JESUS OF HILTRUP: Reports from New Ireland and New Britain, New
Guinea, 1937-1950. 1 reel. (Available for Reference.)

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Mrs Pat Johnson (nee Bates), Beecroft, N.S.W.

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Keywords: World War Two, World War 2, World War II, WWII, WW2, W.W.II, W.W.2, Second World War, 2nd World War, Pacific War

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