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The Repatriation Department which has about 190

ex-prisoners-of-war on its staff is probably the largest single

employer of former prisoners-of-war in Australia, the Minister

for Repatriation, Mr. R,W. Swartz, said today,'

‘ He said among the ex-prisoners-of-war were two former

army chaplains, a man who was taken prisoner during World War I .

and a typist who was a civilian internee when captured by the

Japanese in China. .

The numbers of ex-prisoners-of-war in various states

are - New South Wales 48, Victoria 70, Queensland 25, Western

Australia 29, South Australia 11, and Tasmania 7.

"Almost half of the former prisoners now on the staff

of Repatriation are employed in the department’s hospitals and

other institutions,, · ■ ’

"Their experiences as prisoners and their understanding

of the disabilities of their war-time colleagues make them

especially suited for work in hospitals and artificial limb and

appliance centres."

Among the "higher appointments" held by ex-prisoners-of-war in Repatriation, apart from the Minister himself, are two

hospital Medical Superintendents, the Deputy Commissioner in New

South Wales, the Senior Medical Officer in Queensland and two - ‘ \ ■

managers of Artificial Limb and Appliance Centres,

Sixteen of the 29 ex-prisoners-of-war at the Artificial

Limb and Appliance Centres are themselves amputees.

Two former Army Chaplains now with Repatriation are both

stationed as Chaplains at the Heidelberg Hospital in Victoria. A χ;χ·

first world war P.O.W. veteran on the staff is also in Victoria,

(Mr.z"'Swartz was himself a Prisoner-of-War for 3i years in Malaya,

and on the Burma railway.) . ' ' ' ; '

Canberra, November 13» 1962