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Memorial erected in memory of the Rabaul Garrison who made the supreme sacrifice in 1942 during World War Two.
In 1941 a small Australian Army garrison of approximately 1,400 personnel was sent to Rabaul, New Britain to garrison the outpost, protect its airfields and seaplane anchorages and act as a link in a chain of observation posts across the northern frontiers. An advance party of 8 officers and 33 other ranks arrived in Rabaul on the 16th March 1941 on board the Neptuna. The small Australian garrison at Rabaul was overwhelmed by the Japanese on January 23, 1942. The invasion led to a futile attempt to ward off the 20,000 Japanese invasion force, only 400 out of an Australian garrison of 1400 escaped.
|Address:||Queens Walk , Cornelian Bay War Cemetery, New Town, 7008|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -42.8524|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Thursday 1st July, 1948|
IN MEMORY OF
THE RABAUL GARRISON
WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
"THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD "
ERECTED BY THE
RABAUL FORTRESS RELATIVES