75th Anniversary of sinking of Montevideo Maru
Book sale to benefit UnitingWorld
The 75th anniversary of Australia’s worst maritime disaster will be remembered this Saturday with a service at the War Memorial (1pm), 1 July 2017. The Montevideo Maru, carrying more than 1000 prisoners of the Japanese forces, mostly Australian, was sunk on 1 July 1942 by an Allied submarine. Among the prisoners were ten Methodist missionaries who had been captured by the Japanese in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea and were being transferred to Hainan, off southern China. The boat was torpedoed off Luzon, near the Philippines by the USS Sturgeon, unaware that it was carrying Allied prisoners. All prisoners on board died.
Well-known author Margaret Reeson (also a former Methodist missionary who worked in the PNG Highlands in the 60s and 70s) has written two books relating to this incident. She is offering these for sale. 75% of sales proceeds will go to UnitingWorld to support our overseas partner churches.
Whereabouts Unknown (511 pp) Cost $24
The moving story of those who disappeared after the fall of Rabaul in 1942, the mystery of the loss of over 1000 POW’s with the sinking of the prison ship Montevideo Maru, and the pain of wives and families who waited in vain for news. It also recounts the experiences of a handful of Australian nurses, captured and transported to Japan, four of them Methodist missionaries.
A Very Long War (200 pp) Cost $20
This book describes the deep impact on those affected by the sinking of the Montevideo Maru, the families of the missing and the wider Rabaul community.
“A respectful narrative, beautifully told…..shocking stories treated with insight and restraint” . A book of hope and healing.
Contact Ron Reeson
firstname.lastname@example.org Ph 02 6262 3677
Payment by cheque or bank transfer (details can be provided)
Postage (anywhere in Australia) 1 book $6; 2 or more books $10