Wales Breaks its Silence…from Memories to Memorial
This exhibition tells the story of the tragic sinking of the SS Arandora Star in 1940 when 53 Welsh-Italians lost their lives onboard this liner whilst being sent to internment camps in Canada by order of the British Government during World War Two.
The exhibition tells the stories of some of those who drowned and some who survived.
The tragic tale of the SS Arandora Star is being brought to life within a small exhibition titled Wales Breaks its Silence…From Memories to Memorial.
The Arandora Star was taking hundreds of internees of different nationalities to Canada when she was torpedoed and sunk by a U-boat resulting in the loss of more than 800 lives.
The internees who did survive were brought back to the UK and immediately shipped to internment camps in the Australian outback.
The exhibition, created by the Arandora Star Memorial Fund in Wales, commemorates this forgotten story.
With a selection of photographs, it reflects some of the history of Italians who settled in south Wales, together with personal accounts of a few survivors and emotive newspaper articles detailing the men who drowned.
Some examples of the objects on display include a large model of the SS Arandora Star - before it was painted battle grey for war duties - loaned by Mr George Hill of Swansea. Mr Hill's grandfather, Michele Di Marco, died on the Arandora Star.