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.