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May-2013
May-2013

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

This memorial was dedicated as a tribute to the Papuans who assisted the Australian troops on the Kokoda Track from June 1942 to October 1945. The Papuans worked as stretcher-bearers, porters and general labourers for the Australian Army, and were regarded with great respect and admiration. In 1983 the Kingston Narrabundah RSL Sub-branch donated the sculpture to the Canberra Services Club.

Forty-six Papuans were killed in combat supporting the Australians, and a further 162 died from illness or as a result of accidents. The bronze memorial is loosely based on a famous photograph of Raphael Oimbari leading a blind- folded Australian, taken in Papua during World War Two.

Note: The song Kokoda written and performed by Don Cowling is available to view on https://vimeo.com/357546698

Location

Address:Manuka Circle, Canberra Services Club, Manuka Oval , Manuka, 2603
State:ACT
Area:Foreign
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.317592
Long: 149.13297
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:
Approx. Event Start Date:June-1942
Actual Event End Date:
Approx. Event End Date:October-1945
Monument Designer:Helena J. Anderson

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 25th April, 1970
Front Inscription

Kokoda Memorial

This tribute to the Papuans and New Guineans who assisted the Australian troops in their hour of trial on the Kokoda Trail was unveiled by General Sir John Wilton, K.B.E., C.B., D.S.O., the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee on ANZAC Day, 25th April 1970.

Sculpture by Helena J Anderson     President, W.J. Peters

Left Side Inscription

Statue depicts "Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel" Raphael Oimbari OBE escorting wounded Australia Pte. George Whittington

Kokoda PNG

25 December 1942

Source: MA
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