PARKIN, Raymond Edward. AM Dr Lit.
Passed away June 19th 2005, aged 94. Survivor of HMAS Perth.
Prisoner of War on the Burma-Thailand Railway and in Japan.
Author and Artist extraordinaire. Revered by the Thailand Burma
Railway Memorial Association (Inc). W.A.
Weary Dunlop will look out for him.
Trilogy - [Publisher's Link] A
combined set of three outstanding books. Ray Parkin's "Out
of the Smoke", alone worth the price, is a riveting
account of nautical history - the amazing story of the sinking
of the HMAS Perth and imprisonment in Batavia. Parkin's second
book, "Into the Smother", gives a realistic
yet horrifying account of the building of the "Death Railway"
across Thailand-Burma. His third book, "The Sword and
the Blossom", recounts his travels on the hell ship
and eventual slavery in the Ohama
Mines (Hiroshima #9B - excellent illustrations of camp and
work). Each book, alone, is a literary masterpiece of Australian
military POW experiences but together, a legacy that will last
for centuries. Lavishly illustrated with sketches, photographs
and maps. No other book covers the scope and depth of this theater
of war. One is hard pressed to remember that these were young
men, fighting just to survive.