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Kokoda Memorial, East Jindabyne

Kokoda Memorial, East Jindabyne
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Kokoda Memorial, East Jindabyne, with bushrock and timber sign
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Kokoda Memorial, East Jindabyne, right side of bushrock, showing both plaques
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Kokoda Memorial, East Jindabyne, back of bushrock, showing Diggers hat plaque
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Kokoda Memorial, East Jindabyne, close-up of dedication plaque
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Kokoda Memorial, East Jindabyne, close-up of Diggers hat plaque
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Description / Background

The Kokoda Memorial in East Jindabyne is a two-metre-high granite bushrock, topped with a bronze digger's hat. It was established in honour of members of the 3rd Battalion who served on the Kokoda Trail in the Second World War. A bronze dedication plaque is attached to the front face of the rock and a second bronze plaque on the back of the rock details the inspiration for the monument. 

The memorial was dedicated on 2 November 1991, marking the 49th anniversary of the campaign. The dedication was performed by Reverend G. Blyton and Bede Tongs MM of the 3rd Battalion. The unveiling was performed by Lieutenant Colonel Ewen H. Cameron. 

The memorial is located in Kokoda Memorial Park at East Jindabyne Lookout. The park was named for the memorial at a later date. The bushrock is surrounded by granite paving and shrubs, and is accompanied by a flagpole. The park has picnic tables and offers sweeping views of Jindabyne and Lake Jindabyne from the lookout. 

Commemorative services are held on site annually, on the first Saturday in November. A visitors' book is available for signing when a service is held.

Inscription

Bushrock plaque 1 - front

Pause a moment -
Free to gaze upon this wondrous scene 
Bow your head give thanks
As you recall, what might have been
If Australia's sons had not bled and died
Amongst the mud and green. BT

3rd Battalion AMF  
Port Moresby - Kokoda Trail and Beyond
May - December 1942
A tribute to fallen comrades, those who served and suffered, they bled to keep Australia free.

Remember Australian soldiers of all battalions and units, PIB, Papua New Guineans and civilians who served in the area.

Unveiled on the 49th anniversary of the raising of the Australian flag at Kokoda by Merv Shea of Yass (3rd Battalion) on 2nd November 1942.

Kokoda Day - A symbol of freedom, tenacity and dedication.

Lest We Forget

Dedicated by Rev. G. Blyton 3 BN 

Unveiled by Lt. Col Ewen H Cameron
2 November 1991

Jack White 
Bombala

Bede Tongs MM

Bushrock plaque 2 - back

Bob Golby witnessed the raising of the Australian flag at Kokoda with members of D COY 3rd BN.

When Bob was placed to rest at Moonbah 5.11.90 his nephew George Barry envisaged a Diggers Hat on a rock as a memorial to Bob and his mates.

With the help of Tim and Terry Golby & Neen Pendergast, this is a tribute of love and dedication. 

Lt. Col. Ewen H. Cameron is the son of 3rd BN Kokoda Trail CO, Lieut. Col. Alan G. Cameron, DSO & Bar

Timber sign

Kokoda Memorial Park

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Address
Kokoda Memorial Park
Kosciuszko Road
East Jindabyne NSW 2627
Local Government Area
Snowy Monaro Regional Council
Setting
Roadside
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
Garden/park
Stone/bushrock
Recorded by
Jindabyne East Residents Committee
Year of construction
1991
Dedication date
02 November 1991
Conflict/s
Second World War, 1939–45
Materials
Bronze
Granite