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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

White Coolies (AU)


Story of Australian Army Nursing Sisters who were in Malaya with the 8th Division A.I.F in 1941-1942. It is a true story taken from the diaries kept by Sister Agnes Betty Jeffrey, (14 May 1908 – 13 September 2000), who was taken captive by the Japanese Imperial Army and interned during her 31/2 years as prisoner of war. The first episode of this radio series aired on August 10, 1955.

This is a radio series that will leave an impression on you. You may cry, you may laugh, but being from a true story it is remarkable.


  1. This story of Australian nurses held captive by the Japanese near the end of WWII told of the courage and camaraderie of a group of women through a time of horror and unimaginable hardship. These women get into your heart. The radio adaptation is not overly dramatic. I appreciate how the ending of the program was handled.

    Very satisfying. Would recommend.

    1. Hi guys. this is a very good radio drama, well worth the effort to listen. Please be careful in sharing this online though. I believe copyright is still active for this series, i'm told the copyright holder is Grace Gibson Productions. In the last few years, the series has been repeated on one Australian radio network, as has the Australian series 'The dam Busters'.


  2. I listened to this series at night on a transistor radio in the 50's. Although I was very young I always remembered it. Glad to be able to listen to it again.



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