Places - Memorials

Many memorials have been raised and anniversary services held to commemorate those who lost their lives in the islands of New Guinea.

  • Bita Paka Cemetery - This peaceful and beautiful cemetery contains the graves of over 1000 Allied war dead and The Rabaul Memorial commemorating those who have no known grave. The cemetery is maintained by the Office of Australian War Graves, Department of Veterans' Affairs, on behalf of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

  • Commemoration Service for the Prisoners on the Montevideo Maru (22 June 1972) - Held at Rabaul, PNG, on 22nd June 1972, the 30th anniversary of the sailing date, on the Cleland Drive Frontage, Rabaul Community Hospital at 4.30 pm.

  • Martyrs' Plaque, NSW Synod Centre for Ministry, Parramatta - In 1955, a tablet honouring 'Methodist martyrs' of the Pacific war was erected on the wall of a missionary training institute in Haberfield. Relocated to the NSW Synod Centre for Ministry in Parramatta in July 1988, the plaque lies in memory of the ten Methodist missionaries who died at sea aboard the Montevideo Maru and the two, John Rundle and Leanard Kentish who died in the Darwin area.

  • Montevideo Maru Memorial at Ballarat POW Memorial (2004 - ) - On Saturday 7th of February 2004 a commemoration service was held at the newly opened POW memorial at Ballarat to unveil a memorial for all those who lost their lives on the Montevideo Maru. The memorial commemorates both the civilians and the soldiers who died when the ship was sunk on 1 July 1942.

  • The New Guinea Islands Memorial - Are the Montevideo Maru Lists of Prisoners Correct?

  • People of the Plaque - On 4 July 2002 a plaque was unveiled at the Kavieng War Memorial to commemorate civilians in New Ireland who lost their lives under Japanese Occupation.

  • Rabaul 1942-45 Memorial (1993 - ) - On 16 September 1993, the Rabaul 1942-45 Memorial was unveiled on the shores of Simpson Harbour. Peter Stone writes in Hostages to Freedom: 'The bronze plaque measuring 4-ft by 3-ft, commemorates all Australian forces who served in East New Britain, in particular those members of Lark Force. ... The memorial was paid for by donations and unit funds and a $1000 contribution from the Australian Government.'

  • The Rabaul Memorial, Bita Paka Cemetery - Located in Bita Paka Cemetery, The Rabaul Memorial commemorates those who fell in the New Britain and New Ireland field of operations in the Second World War who have no known grave.

  • Trawool, Camp Site No 26 - The initial training camp of the 2/22 Battalion. On the last Sunday in July survivors, family, friends and other camp followers picnic by the side of the Tallarook road to commemorate the formation of the 2/22.

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Created by Joanne and Jenny Evans, July 2002. Updated 29 May 2011