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Welcome to Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway

The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway is a living memorial and a principal site of commemoration honouring all those who fought for Australia during World War II. A principal focus is on the sacrifices made during key Papua New Guinea battles which took place in 1942-43 along the Kokoda Track, at Milne Bay on the south-eastern tip of Papua, and at Buna, Gona, and Sanananda on the northern coastline.

The Walkway covers more than 800 metres from Rhodes Station to Concord Hospital in Sydney's inner-west, and runs along the mangrove-studded shores of Brays Bay on the Parramatta River.

At the centrepiece are magnificent granite walls bearing photographic images of the Kokoda campaign. There are 22 audio-visual stations along the Walkway, each describing a significant place or military engagement. The Walkway has been planted with lush tropical vegetation simulating the conditions of The Kokoda Track.


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Mr Vince Conroy from Canada Bay Council and Ms. Angela Pasqua placing some 1,000 individual poppies into the giant petals of a large floodlit poppy arrangement at Brays Bay Reserve. The planting is in preparation for the ANZAC Centenary Dawn Service, to be held at the Walkway at 5:30am on Sunday 19th April, 2015.

Those attending the Service will have an opportunity to place another 4,000 poppies to honour service men and women who made the supreme sacrifice in the many conflicts Australia has been involved in from the First World War up until present times.

During the carnage on the Western Front, poppies sprouted profusely in the shell-churned soils of France and Belgium, their vivid red reminding the survivors of the blood spilt by their comrades. Canadian Lieut-Col. John McCrae's epic 1915 poem, " In Flanders Fields" further emphasised the association. In the early 1920s people began wearing red poppies on Remembrance Day, a practice continued by subsequent generations.


The Centenary of ANZAC and the GREAT WAR

25 April 1915

Between 4.30 and 4.45 am the 3rd Australian Brigade — 9th (Queensland), 10th (South Australia), 11th (Western Australia) and 12th (Tasmania, with some South Australia and Western Australia) Battalions and the 3rd Field Ambulance — landed on Gallipoli around Ari Burnu point. The rest of the Anzac corps came ashore throughout the day.

26 April 1915

By 3 am on 26 April more than 1700 casualties had been evacuated from the area of the Anzac landing, mainly via the beach to the south of Ari Burnu which became known as Anzac Cove.

27 April 1915

Between 27 and 29 April, Turkish counter-attacks failed to drive the Anzacs into the sea. The small area of the Gallipoli peninsula that they now held became known as Anzac. The area on the southern tip of the peninsula, captured by British units on 25 April, became known as Helles.

29 April 1915

The first hospital ship to evacuate wounded from Anzac — the Gascon — reached Alexandria, Egypt. Of the 548 casualties carried, 14 died on the voyage which took one and a half-days.

The Australian submarine, AE2, was sunk by in the Sea of Marmara. This submarine was the first allied warship to successfully navigate the Dardanelles. The AE2's crew were captured and spent the rest of the war in Turkish prisoner-of-war camps.

Private R. J. Rowe assists Corporal M. Hall, DCM, of the 2/16th Battalion to the regimental aid post after an attack on Shaggy Ridge.
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RAAF Kittyhawk aircraft at Milne Bay.

 

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