I once read somewhere that if a country is invaded then it takes over a hundred years for the wounds to fully heal. It is as if occupying forces can leave invisible scars on the towns, cities, roads, bridges and fields. Once lost, innocence is difficult to regain.
This banknote from my collection is Japanese occupation currency from the Second World War. It was printed for use in conquered territories and many believe that it was also intended for use in Australia and New Zealand. That assumption isn’t strictly correct as this banknote was actually issued for use in British Oceania (places like the Solomon Islands) but had the Japanese advance continued through to New Zealand then it is likely that similar banknotes would’ve been issued here too. Continue reading