AUSTRALIAN concentration camps present an interesting history with some fascinating Papua New Guinea connections.
I use the term 'concentration camp' advisedly, as this was the term freely used by the Australian government and media at the time.
The notorious Torrens Island camp in South Australia during World War I housed not only German prisoners of war taken from interned German ships and naval prizes (including some of the crew of the SMS Emden), but civilian planters and colonists from German New Guinea.
Along with them were many hundreds of Australian citizens of German ancestry whose families had been living in Australia for many years. This included some of my ancestors who migrated to Australia in the 1860's and '70s who were interned merely because their names were Germanic.