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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.
|Address:||Manuka Circle, Canberra Services Club, Manuka Oval , Manuka, 2603|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -35.317592|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|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|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Saturday 25th April, 1970|
THIS TRIBUTE TO THE PAPUANS
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
ANZAC Day, 25th April 1970.
Sculpture by Helena J Anderson President, W.J. Peters
STATUE DEPICTS "FUZZY WUZZY ANGEL"
RAPHAEL OIMBARI OBE
ESCORTING WOUNDED AUSTRALIAN
PTE. GEORGE WHITTINGTON
25 DECEMBER 1942