A bit of history

John Peters
Civilian
Muchea, Western Australia 1941-1945

John Peters was a retired schoolteacher who owned the general store in Muchea, a small town 54 km north of Perth. He spent a great deal of time listening to the radio during World War ll. But the programs he tuned in to on his short wave set were not for his own entertainment. Pete, as he was known since his days with the 3rd Field Ambulance at Gallipoli, was trying to find out what had become of his son, John, who had gone missing at the fall of Singapore.

So he listened each night to the mocking voice of ‘Tokyo Rose’ as she announced details of Australians captured by the Japanese. He realised that a good many other people similarly would be worried about missing relatives, so he began to make a note of the names mentioned by Tokyo Rose and passed on news to others. He also discovered other frequencies where this information was available.

Early in the piece I recognised, and very soon had definite proof, that these messages were authentic enough as far as letting people know their loved ones were at least alive.

 

Timeline

  (approximate dates)
       
 

1919

  Mr Mcneil opened the Muchea General Store
 

1921

    James Philmore
 

1936

   J C Peters
 

1948

  Joan and Wally Edwards
 

1959

  Store burnt down on the 13th June 1959 and was rebuilt by the Edwards
 

1975

  Hugh and Judith Mclean
 

1977

  Laurie and Shirley Fraser
 

1988

  Lyall and Margaret Schwan
 

1992

  Abdul
 

1993

  Mary Higgins
 

1995

  Robert and Valerie Davies
 

1999

  Derek and Leone Harris (Current owners)
 

2008

  Store burnt down and was rebuilt

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