Published: Tue 4 Sep 2012

This week the Australian War Memorial will hold its international conference, Kokoda: beyond the legend, marking the 70th anniversary of the Kokoda and Papuan campaigns in 1942.

Kokoda now dominates Australia’s popular memory of the Second World War and has become the focus for the war’s commemoration. Popular narratives of Kokoda, however, rarely discuss the campaign in the war’s broader context or pose new questions concerning its conduct.

Bringing together military historians and scholars from the world, this conference will reassess the principal battles fought in Papua and discuss the campaign from both an Allied and Japanese perspective.


The full program for Kokoda: beyond the legend available here

Further details about the speakers and abstracts for papers available here


Speakers may be available for media interviews outside conference running times, please email with requests for interview.



Tom Vasey           (02) 6243 4575     0409 600 038

Marylou Pooley    (02) 6243 4383