The stone garden memorial, is a sobering and moving reminder of the many tragedies of war and the particular suffering of prisoners of war, as a direct result of every war in which the Australian Armed Forces have ever engaged.
There are reminders of the places and a comprehensive and sadly too long list, of the ex-prisoners of war themselves.
The memorial was an initiative of a local commitee, including ex-prisoners of war themselves, family members and passionate individuals and supported by the City Of Ballarat.
Formal ceremonies are held here periodically, with speakers including military experts and researchers, officials from the Army, Navy and Air Force and their respective bands. These draw large crowds and parking can be difficult to find nearby, especially if accompanying anyone frail, or disabled. Check both the City of Ballarat and Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial websites for details, should you be particularly interested in attending one, to plan your visit around it.
Mostly, however, the memorial is eerily quiet and deserted; a good place for literally reflecting upon the pain and suffering inflicted by war, certainly for the prisoners of war named here, whose suffering often endured, not just during their time of being captives of "the enemy", but for the rest of their lives as a result of the horrors they witnessed and experienced.