Sandakan Memorial Park, Sabah

Historical background to the memorial: Sandakan.  

The Memorial Park is on the site of the Sandakan prisoner of war POW camp. Within the park a commemorative pavilion holds educational material and includes a scale model of the original POW camp. A path winds through the park past preserved wartime relics. Signs and seats around the pathways provide rest points, and at points of significance there are numbered posts linked to the park brochure providing information on the former POW camp. The brochure may be obtained from the pavilion.

Sandakan Memorial Park, Sabah.
Sandakan Memorial Park, Sabah

Information Panels at the Pavilion Sandakan Memorial Park
Pavilion, Sandakan Memorial Park
Rest area within the Sandakan Memorial Park
Inside the Pavillion Sandakan Memorial Park

An obelisk of black granite commemorating those who died is also located within the park and is the venue for various events including the annual Anzac Day, 25 April, and Sandakan Day 15 August services.

The motif used in the Park depicts flowers representing people of the three nations who suffered at Sandakan during the Second World War. The design is taken from the stained glass window within the pavilion and is repeated on the granite memorial and decorative gates.

Sandakan Memorial Park, Sabah.
Sandakan Memorial Park, Sabah

Information Panels at the Pavilion Sandakan Memorial Park
Information Panels at the Pavilion
Sandakan Memorial Park
Rest area within the Sandakan Memorial Park
Rest area within the Sandakan Memorial Park

Visitor information

Sibuga Forest Reserve, Jalan Labuk, Mile 7 Sandakan
Commemorative pavilion with information & scale model of POW camp
Open 9-5pm, 7 days
Trail past items of interest
Brochure at pavilion

Site Manager

Mrs Doris Wong on behalf of the Office of Australian War Graves.

Friendship Windows at St Michael and All Angels

Family and friends of those who died at Sandakan have recently raised funds to install stained-glass Friendship Windows, at the Anglican Church of St Michael and All Angels, Sandakan, these are open to the public for viewing, from 2.30-3.30pm, Mondays to Saturdays.

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