About the service

On February 16th, 1942, 22 Australian Army Nurses were machine gunned by soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army on Bangka Island’s Radji Beach in the Dutch East Indies (now known as Indonesia). All but one nurse were killed in the massacre. Five years later, the lone survivor, Vivian Bullwinkel, gave evidence at a war crimes trial in Tokyo, having survived the war.

Thirteen years after the massacre, the first Bangka Strait Memorial Service was held at the South Australian Women’s Playing Fields and has been held annually on the Sunday closest to 16th February. The memorial service has expanded its scope of commemoration to Australian women who served their country overseas in the armed forces.

Bangka Day
Memorial Service
The service includes a special guest speaker, followed by light refreshments.
Please RSVP by emailing [email protected]
10.00amSA Women’s Memorial Playing Fields, Shepherds Hill Road, St Marys

Interested in becoming a member of the SA Women’s Memorial Playing Fields Trust?We would love your support. To become a member contact the President, Helen Fischer, on 0413 348 445 orĀ [email protected]


Phone: President, Helen Fischer
0413 348 445
Email: [email protected]


Visit the memorial at South Australian Women’s Memorial Playing Fields, Corner Shepherds Hill & Ayliffes Roads, St Marys SA 5042

Postal address: PO Box 143 MSC,
Torrens Park, SA, 5062


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