World War II internee, alien and POW records held in Canberra – Fact sheet 59
Internees are those prisoners of war or enemy aliens who are obliged to reside within prescibed 'camps', generally unable to leave until the termination of the related conflict or war.
During World War II internment in Australia was subject to the National Security Regulations. There were many camps Australia-wide where not only aliens were interned but also overseas internees and prisoners of war who were transferred to Australia.
The Archives holds many records relating specifically to internment and internees, aliens and prisoners of war. These include individual case files and more general titles which may refer to individuals. It was not uncommon for internees to be moved from one camp to another, even to another state. Thus records that relate to individual internees may be difficult to identify, and may exist in the collections of more than one office of the Archives.
This fact sheet identifies records held in Canberra of World War II internees, aliens and prisoners of war. Records in other offices can be identified from the Archives' publication Finding Families: The Guide to the National Archives of Australia for Genealogists or the RecordSearch database.