Adam Park Camp - Singapore

Adam Park

2,000 Australians were first of the Shrine workforce to arrive at Adam Park on 3rd April 1942. They were ordered to make best use of the bombed out buildings for their accommodation. What they found was an appalling mess. The houses had been left to rot. The roofs and walls were perforated by the fall of mortars and shells and the rooms infested with mosquitoes. Bodies of soldiers and civilians lay unburied around the grounds. The drainage and sanitation were smashed up and the electricity had been cut. The houses had been looted and left devoid of usable furniture. For many of the POWs the first night was spent on the concrete floors of the outhouses with little more than what they carried to provide succour.

In the morning the roll call was taken and the first of the daily work parties was marched out onto the SICC Golf Course to start the process of building access roads to the new shrine and a small bridge over part of MacRitchie Reservoir. The project included  granite steps leading up to the shrine and  construction of the hill top Shinto shrine.

By October 1942 the shrine had been finished and the men were not required to work as hard.

Soldiers that were in this camp

Location of Adam Park Camp - Singapore