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A wooden cross commemorates the death of the missionaries and others who were killed by the Japanese in New Guinea in August 1942 during World War Two.  

The exact dates of the deaths has not been ascertained and September 2 was chosen for their memorial by the Synod of the Diocese of New Guinea as being close to the presumed end of the killings.

The martyrs included well over 300 people including Anglicans, Roman Catholics and Lutherans. Many were from Papua New Guinea, England and Australia and they were priests and lay people. One of those martyred was Father Henry Matthews who has links with the Anglican Parish of Ararat.

A shrine to the Martyrs of Papua New Guinea has also been set up at the Ballarat Anglican Cathedral.


Address:49 High Street, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Ararat, 3377
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.283231
Long: 142.926998
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Cross
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Front Inscription

Plaque :

The Memorial of 
Our Lady and 
The New Guinea Martyr`s

Source: MA
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