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Heritage 2018-03-23T02:05:51+00:00

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.

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Timeline

(approximate dates)

1919

James Philmore

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