Hospital staff on Nauru, c. 1941
Many of the Nauruans in this image would soon be deported by the Japanese to harsh exile on Truk island, nearly 2,000 kilometres away. The two European men, Dr. Bernard Quin and Bill Shugg, medical assistant, were among the five Australians who elected to stay on Nauru during the occupation. They were interned in a house near the hospital. After the first raid on the airstrip by US bombers in March 1943, all five Australians were executed by the Japanese. State Library of Queensland, 27224 Nauru Island Photograph Album.