Day 1 – Thursday 6 September 2012

8.15 am

Registration

9.00 am

Welcome

9.30 am

Keynote address: Antony Beevor, Australian War Memorial Boeing Visiting Fellow

The world at war, 1942 [provisional title]

Listen to the audio of Phillip Adams interviewing Antony Beevor on Radio National's Late Night Live , 3 September 2012. 

10.30 am

Morning tea

11.00 am

Prof. David Horner, Australian National University

Kokoda and its place in Australian history

Dr Edward J. Drea, Joint History Office, Joint Chiefs of Staff, USA

Making soldiers: training, doctrine, and culture in the Imperial Japanese Army

12.30 pm

Lunch

1.30 pm

John B. Lundstrom, Milwaukee Public Museum, USA

Confrontation in the Coral Sea: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’s strategic plan for decisive battle in the Southwest Pacific

James Zobel, MacArthur Memorial, USA

Victory at all costs: Douglas MacArthur’s Papuan campaign of 1942–1943

3.00 pm

Afternoon tea

3.30 pm

Rowan Tracey, historian

Aspects of the Australian withdrawal on the Kokoda Trail in 1942

Dr Karl James, Australian War Memorial (AWM)

A terrible experience: the battle of Eora Creek

6.30 pm - 9.00 pm 

Conference dinner

After-dinner speaker: Richard B. Frank, historian, USA

South Pacific turning points: Guadalcanal, Kokoda and Milne Bay

Day 2 – Friday 7 September 2012

8.30 am

Dr Mark Johnston, Scotch College Melbourne

The air war over Papua

9.15 am

International panel discussion

Chaired by Richard B. Frank, with panellists Antony Beevor, John B. Lundstrom, and Prof. David Horner

10.15 am

Morning tea

10.45 am

Dr Peter Williams, historian

The strength of the forces engaged on the Kokoda Trail

Haruki Yoshida, Australian War Memorial

Japanese commanders in Kokoda

Phillip Bradley, historian

The battle of Milne Bay

12.45 pm

Lunch

1.30 pm

Robyn Kienzle, author

On the trail of an extraordinary man – the making of the architect of Kokoda

Deveni Temu, Australian National University

A lone Papuan voice and the myth of the so-called Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel

The Hon. Charlie Lynn MLC, Kokoda trek leader

Trekking Kokoda

3.00 pm

Afternoon tea

3.30 pm

Dr Peter J. Dean, Australian National University

Grinding out a victory: Australian and American commanders during the beachhead battles

Dr Garth Pratten, Australian National University

"Our textbooks may need adaption, but never alteration": Papua and organisational change in the AMF

The conference was proudly supported by Boeing Australia. The support of the Australian Government through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is gratefully acknowledged.

This conference is proudly supported by Boeing Australia. The support of the Australian Government through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is gratefully acknowledged This conference is proudly supported by Boeing Australia. The support of the Australian Government through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is gratefully acknowledged