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kokoda memorial - papua new guinea


Commonwealth Government

Kokoda Track Memorial, Papua New Guinea.

Located on the Kokoda Track at the site of the Battle of Isurava, about 150 kilometres from Port Moresby. Altitude: 4,800 feet. Site constraints included unexploded ordinance, dense jungle and weather.

Client Brief:
The aim was to create a place of monumental scale to commemorate the struggle and sacrifice of the men who fought on the Kokoda Track in 1942. Designed as a sequence of tiered platforms, the visitor descends to the memorial platform on a formal view axis with the Kokoda Valley in the distance. The stone and bronze circle, a simple geometric form in a wild landscape, symbolises a defensive army position known as 'harbouring up'. The solid granite sentinel blocks symbolise the values of the men - Courage, Endurance, Mateship and Sacrifice. The final platform in the sequence is an interpretive viewing area.

Project Detail:
Engaged under a design and construct contract, HPA were set the task of delivering a major monument on a World War Two battle site in remote Papua New Guinea. The principal project characteristics were logistics and time. All material, equipment and labour were airlifted to site using heavy payload helicopters. A total of 130 tonnes was airlifted, including granite cladding and four 4 tonne solid granite sentinel stones. The project also required construction of a helipad capable of handling large military Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters.

Michael Pender

Signage Graphics
Ian Hewitt

Site Manager
David Fenoglio, C & M Engineers

Brian Hocking

Melocco Pty Ltd

Chopper Work
Hevilift PNG

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