About this project

The Cowra Japanese War Cemetery Database project was commissioned by the Embassy of Japan in Canberra for three years between April 2016 and March 2019. The work was carried out by the project team and the website became available in 2019.

The project team consisted of the following members:
Dr Keiko Tamura, The Australian National University (Project leader)   
Dr Yuriko Nagata, The University of Queensland
Ms Mayu Kanamori,  Photographer
Ms Chie Muraoka, Web developer
Mr Hideaki Kobayashi,  IT consultant

About this database

This database provides individual information on 524 graves in the Cowra Japanese War Cemetery, which is located in Cowra, New South Wales. Those buried in the cemetery were Japanese prisoners of war and civilian internees who died in Australia during the Pacific War. They include 25 Taiwanese graves and one Korean grave. They were buried with the Japanese because Taiwan and the Korean Peninsula were under the rule of Japan during the Pacific War. The database includes names, birth places, occupations, military ranks and units.  In addition, reasons for internment, dates of capture, places of capture as well as movement histories, causes of death and burial histories, are included.  For further information please refer to the item descriptions.

The Cowra Japanese War Cemetery Database Project ( 2016-2024 ) © Embassy of Japan, Canberra