The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway is an 800 metre track along the Brays Bay foreshore that acts as a living memorial and site of commemoration for all those who fought for Australia during World War II.
The walkway has been planted with tropical vegetation that resembles the conditions of the original Kokoda Track, and leads to a granite wall memorial bearing images of the Kokoda campaign, then a memorial rose garden; and finally onto the Concord Repatriation General Hospital site, where the ANZAC Research Institute is located.
Join us for a virtual tour along this walkway leading to the ANZAC Research Institute:
The wounded private in the photograph was George Whittington, who later died of bush typhus in February 1943. It took many years for the the Papuan man to be identified as Raphael Oimbari. He was later made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
The word ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers who fought together became known as Anzacs, exemplifying a tradition of service, selflessness and mateship. April 25th was officially designated ANZAC Day in 1916 by Australia and New Zealand. With the start of the Second World War and other conflicts including those of Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq; ANZAC Day has been expanded to include remembrance of all servicemen and women who have given so much to Australia.
The health and medical ANZAC Research Institute was named after and in remembrance of this tradition. It’s mission is to provide leadership and excellence in health and medical research activities throughout Australia, with a focus on aging, to improve the future health and medical care for the Australasian community. In so doing, the Institute will provide a lasting legacy to the veterans and their families who have created the society we have today.
Learn more about the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway.
If you would like to do this virtual walk in person, this is the route: