ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Rabaul
25th April 2023
Join the residents of Rabaul in East New Britain Province to commemorate the ANZAC heroes that served during the Battle of Rabaul, World War II New Guinea Campaign.
The event is supported by the Rabaul Historical Society in partnership with the Australian High Commission and New Zealand High Commission in Port Moresby.
The dawn service usually begins at 0500 hours at the RSL Cenotaph along Mango Avenue in Rabaul Town. Accommodation, Tours, Transport and tickets to the Gunfire Breakfast can be arranged through The Rabaul Hotel.
The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) and the residents of Rabaul endured a devastating defeat from Japanese forces during the Battle of Rabaul. The tragic stories are still remembered and retold through the war monuments, relics, museums, including former residents and descendants of those that lived through the terrible war that ravaged one of Papua New Guinea's most beloved towns.
Although ANZAC Day is no longer a recognized public holiday in PNG, special memorial services are still held every year on April 25th to commemorate the contribution of the ANZACs to Papua New Guinea's history.