Recommended further reading and links to additional resources.
Take the time to explore and research Australia’s proud military and defence history, those who have served (or are serving) in our Defence forces, and how Australians commemorate our military history.
Further educational resources for teachers and students are here.
Australian War Memorial (AWM)
The AWM’s purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war or on operational service, and those who have served our nation in times of conflict. Its mission is leading remembrance and understanding of Australia’s wartime experience.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)
DVA provides government programs, support, services and information for war veterans, serving and former serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Australian Federal Police and their families.
DVA also has a comprehensive educational resource library available for all to access, including the following specifically or including Kokoda Track information:
National Archives of Australia (NAA)
The NAA collects records of Australian government decisions and actions as evidence. They connect Australians with the nation’s memory, their identity and history.
National Museum of Australia (NMA)
The National Museum of Australia brings to life the rich and diverse stories of Australia through compelling objects, ideas and events. They focus on Indigenous histories and cultures, European settlement and our interaction with the environment.
Office of Australian War Graves (OAWG)
The OAWG has three roles:
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales
The NSW War Memorials Register is a database of war memorials in New South Wales. It currently holds more than 3,600 war memorial records, and more than 200,000 veteran records.
Returned and Services League (RSL) of Australia
The RSL helps veterans and their families by offering care, financial assistance and advocacy. They lead the nation in commemorative services that help all Australians to remember the fallen.
State Library of NSW
The State Library of NSW collects and preserves materials and evidence relating to our place in the world, and makes them accessible to everyone in New South Wales and beyond.
World War Two Nominal Roll
The World War Two Nominal Roll was created by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to honour and commemorate some one million people who served in Australia’s defence forces and the Merchant Navy during this conflict.
The Roll provides access to an index of information from over one million records of servicemen and women who were in Australia’s defence forces and the Merchant Navy during World War Two.
YouTube features a number of documentaries/features on the Kokoda Track campaign.
Kokoda Front Line! 1942 Australian documentary that won the 1943 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Interviews with Kokoda veterans (Courtesy of Department of Veterans’ Affairs)
The following is a limited selection of publications related to the Papua New Guinea and Kokoda Track campaigns.
(2023) Gona’s Gone David W. Cameron
(2022) The Battle for Isurava David W. Cameron
(2021) Their Spirit Lives On. The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway John Gatfield
(2019) Shadows on the Track. Australia’s Medical War in Papua 1942-43 Jan McLeod
(2014) To Kokoda (Australian Army Campaigns Series – 14) Nick Anderson
(2011) The Architect of Kokoda: Bert Kienzle – the man who made the Kokoda Track Robyn Kienzle
(2011) The Heroes of the Kokoda Track Nicolas Brasch
(2009) The Bone Man of Kokoda Charles Happell
(2007) Kokoda Track 101 Days (children’s book for 7+) Peter Macinis
(2007) Ralph Honner: Kokoda Hero Peter Brune
(2005) Kokoda Paul Ham
(2004) A Bastard of a Place Peter Brune
(2004) Kokoda Peter FitzSimons
(2002) The Spirit of Kokoda Lindsay Book
(1991) Those Ragged Bloody Heroes Peter Brune
(1973) The Six Years’ War Gavin Long
Please note that the Walkway does not endorse any individual publication related to Kokoda. The list supplied is a sample of books (in print or second hand) to provide a variety of perspectives on the Papua New Guinea and Kokoda campaigns.