Hay Internment & Prisoner of War Camps Interpretive Centre.

Dunera Museum Hay


Over 6,000 German, Italian and Japanese civilian Internees and Prisoners of War (POW) were kept in three Prison Camps at Hay between 1940 and 1946. They were guarded by over 600 members of 16th Australian Garrison Battalion.

The ‘Dunera Boys’, German Jews and other refugees from Nazi occupied Europe, were the first internees of British Government WWII policy and arrived in Hay on 7th September 1940.

The museum houses exhibits, photographs, stories and music about experiences of internees, POW’s and townsfolk.

Features include: 5,000m searchlight beam for 1 hour starts 1 hour after dark , Hay Railway Station.

Services include: Air conditioned railway carriages, toilets, education programs, wheelchair access.