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The plaque commemorates those who served with the 2nd / 17th Australian Infantry Battalion during World War Two.

The plaque location is indicated by the red poppy in the second image. 

Raised in April 1940 in New South Wales, the Battalion formed part of the 20th Brigade, and was eventually allocated to the 9th Division. After completing basic training in Australia, the unit was deployed to the Middle East. In early 1941, it took part in the fighting at Tobruk, defending the port until relieved. A period of garrison duties followed in Syria and Lebanon before the battalion took part in the First and Second Battles of El ALamein in mid-1942. As the focus of the Australian Army's operations shifted to the Pacific theatre to fight the Japanese, the 2/17th Battalion returned to Australia early in 1943.

In 1943–1944, the Battalion fought in New Guinea, conducting an amphibious landing as part of operations to capture Lae in early September at the end of the Salamaua-Lae campaign, before participating in the follow-up landing on the Huon Peninsula as Japanese forces withdrew inland from Lae.

In early 1944, the Battalion was withdrawn to Australia for rest and reorganisation and a long period of inactivity followed before it returned to combat. Its final campaign came late in the war when it was committed to the fighting in Borneo in June 1945, landing on Brunei. Following the end of the war, the battalion was disbanded in early 1946.



Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Australian War Memorial Sculpture Garden, Campbell, 2612
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.281234
Long: 149.148994
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Approx. Event Start Date:April-1940
Approx. Event End Date:1946


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 23rd September, 2005
Front Inscription

"What we have ... We hold"

2 / 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
9th Division AIF

Libya - Defence of Tobruk 1941 - 42
Egypt - El Alamein 1942
New Guinea - Lae, Finschhafen, Sio 1943
Borneo - Brunei 1945

A tribute to all who served with pride, loyalty and dedication


Source: MA
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