Death Railway Expedition

In 2011, siblings Rachel and Luke embarked on a 325km walk through Thailand following the route of the F Force a working party was forced to march on the infamous Death Railway in Thailand during WWII.

The inspiration for the journey

The expedition was inspired by a documentary (Still Standing) that Luke made in 2005-06 about Stan Carlyon. Stan was an Australian Prisoner of War in Changi and worked on the Thai-Burma Railway. Rachel composed and played the music for the documentary.

The aim and outcome

Our aim was to raise awareness about the experiences of POWs like Stan, and their significant place in Australian history. We endeavoured to retrace the march as closely as possible, but we realised we would never be able to relive the unimaginable horror endured by the POWs. We believed, however, that there was something to be learned from the horrific events that took place all those years ago, and we have since sought to communicate those lessons to our modern world.

Luke’s Documentary

Tracing Shadows an hour long documentary about our expedition can be viewed here

Rachel’s Book

Norn Lup? – A Journey of Railways, Roads and Wats is available for purchase