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A monument commemorates those who died at Gona, Buna and Sanananda during World War Two.

The Battle of Buna – Gona was part of the New Guinea campaign in the Pacific campaign of World War Two.  On 16 November 1942, Australian and United States forces attacked the main Japanese beachheads in New Guinea, at Buna, Sanananda and Gona. When the Japanese forces were within sight of Port Moresby, the Japanese leadership decided holding Guadalcanal was a higher priority, and they ordered their New Guinea forces to withdraw to the coast.

On 2 January, they captured Buna, and on 22 January 1943, after prolonged intense fighting in extraordinarily difficult conditions, the Allied forces killed or captured almost the entire defending Japanese forces. Only a few hundred escaped to the north. Casualties on both sides were extremely high.


Address:The Strand, ANZAC Memorial Park, adjacent to ANZAC Way, Townsville, 4810
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -19.254722
Long: 146.821667
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:December-1942
Approx. Event End Date:January-1943


Front Inscription

In Memory Of The Hundreds Of Australians
Many From Townsville, Who Died At Gona,
Buna And Sanananda, The Battles Of The
Beachheads In December 1942
And January 1943.

The Magnificent But Costly Feat Of Arms
Eliminated Nearly 100% Of The Enemy And
Captured A Vital Base Thus Freeing
Australia From The Threat Of Invasion.

Erected By 2/12 Bn. Assoc.,
Department Of Veterans` Affairs
And The Townsville City Council.

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