The Tiger has Many Lives: The Story of Rod Wells

The Tiger has Many Lives: The Story of Rod Wells
by Pamela Wells. Published by Sevenpens (2022)

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Author Talks:
7pm Tues 21 June Tatura Library, 12-16 Casey St, Tatura VIC
2pm Tues 26 July Numurkah Library, 18 McCaskill St, Numurkah, VIC
12pm 7 Oct Literary Lunch Longleat Wines, 105 Old Weir Rd. Murchison
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Book Launch: by Tim Bowden AM 23 April, Tatura. Filmed by Jason Cohen.


From an early age in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria, Rod Wells had a passion for wireless technology. He served in WW2 in Malaya and Singapore as an officer with 8 Division Signals. As a prisoner of war in Borneo’s Sandakan, he used his ingenuity and skill to build a wireless radio and a transmitter virtually from scratch. Arrested by the Kempeitai, Rod was subjected to brutal torture before being tried and sent to the notorious Outram Road Gaol.
After the war, Rod Wells became a world expert in electronics and neuclonics. His story is one of extraordinary inspiration and exceptional achievements, highlighting his ability to overcome extreme hardship by never giving up.

“As one of the few first-hand accounts of POW life in Borneo’s Sandakan Camp and the equally infamous Outram Road Gaol in Singapore, this book will be a valuable addition to the nation’s military heritage.
Lynette Silver AM, military historian