World War Two Australian soldiers in Wewak, East Sepik, 1945
Papua New Guinea's relationship with Australia and New Zealand extends to the colonial era, World War I and World War II. The most memorable being World War II, when numerous battles raged across PNG - from Kokoda Track to Rabaul. Many Papua New Guinean's served as service men and women, as well as labourers assisting the allied forces, especially the legendary ANZACs - the Australian and New Zealand defense forces.
Although ANZAC Day is no longer a public holiday in PNG, special memorial services are still held every year on April 25th to commemorate the contribution of the ANZACs to our nation's history.
For information on History Tours, visit: www.papuanewguinea.travel/history
Date: 25 April, 2021
PNG Venues: Bomana War Cemetery, National Capital District | Isurava Memorial, Kokoda Track, Northern (Oro) | Rabaul Cenotaph, East New Britain | Montevideo Maru Memorial & Bitapaka Memorial, East New Britain
Contact: Australian High Commission Port Moresby, phone +675 325 9239 or the Australian Commonwealth War Graves Commission, email [email protected]