75th anniversary of the signing of the Surrender of Japanese Forces at Rabaul

The Papua New Guinea Association of Australia was able to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Surrender of Japanese Forces at Rabaul at the Rabaul & Montevideo Maru Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, on 6 September 2020.

A warm welcome was provided by Mr Matt Anderson PSM, Director of the Australian War Memorial.

General Angus Campbell AO DSC, Chief of the Defence Force, delivered the main address reflecting on, and honouring, all those who served and who were sacrificed and remembering all combatants regardless of side or nation.

General Campbell inspiring words included:

‘ We must not forget historical occasions such as the coming to peace in Rabaul. The friendship between Australia and Papua New Guinea has only strengthened through our remembrance.

And we must not forget the significance of memorials like this one. They offer us this moment to reflect on what it has cost for our society to remain open, and free, and in service of our communities and families while respecting our common humanity.’

On this clear, sunny Canberra morning, the Australian Federation Guard’s Colour Flag Party added dignity and poignancy to the ceremony.

A Bugler and a Vocalist from the Band of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, were present with the vocalist singing both the Australian and PNG National Anthems.

Photos of the ceremony can be seen HERE

You can download the speech delivered by the Chief of Defence Force here

You can download the Australian War Memorial Program here 


Worked for Burns Philp in Popondetta and Port Moresby from 1980 through 1987

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