Henry Holden decided to get an Italian prisoner-of-war after he had seen several at work on Esmond’s farm.
The Enthusiastic Prisoner, E. O. Schlunke
Another short story by Schlunke, the author of The Irling which I wrote about a couple of days ago. This line, beginning with a very Australian name, Henry Holden, caught my attention particularly when I saw it was about an Italian P.O.W. It triggered thoughts of some photos from my father’s war album of Italians taken prisoner by Australian soldiers. Many of the P.O.W.s were shipped to Australia and placed in camps, and their services were offered to local farmers who greatly benefited from the Italians’ excellent knowledge of food production. There is a photo I posted some time ago of a stream of Italians heading towards their captor’s camp. There’s also this image of a suave bunch posing for the camera: