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The Martyrs Chapel in the cathedral commemorates 333 Christians who lost their lives in New Guinea during the invasion and occupation of the island by the Japanese forces during Word War Two.

During World War Two, the Japanese had put ashore troops in Papua near Gona by July 1942 with a view to taking Lae and Salamaua. In Anglican terminology the New Guinea Martyrs were eight Anglican clergy, teachers and medical missionaries killed by the Japanese in 1942.  The Anglican Bishop of New Guinea (then a diocese of the ecclesiastical Province of Queensland) Philip Strong having instructed Anglican missionaries to remain at their posts despite the Japanese invasion. Three hundred thirty-three church workers of various denominations were killed during the Japanese occupation of New Guinea.



Address:49 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat Anglican Cathedral, Ballarat, 3350
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.563641
Long: 143.857618
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945
Source: MA
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