The Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Society was established in 2009 to represent the interests of the families of the soldiers and civilians captured in Rabaul and the New Guinea Islands after the Japanese invasion in January 1942, many of whom are believed to have perished on the Montevideo Maru when it was torpedoed off the Philippines on 1 July 1942. The major objective of the Society was to have a memorial erected in memory of those lost. This objective was achieved when a memorial was unveiled at the Australian War Memorial on 1 July 2012. Following this, the Society was wound up in 2013, with its assets and remaining objectives being transferred to the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia.
The most reliable list of those lost with the Montevideo Maru is in the National Archives of Australia.
Sister Berenice Twohill
The Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Groupand the PNGAA wish Sr Berenice Twohill a very happy 100th birthday on 9 November 2016. See the full story.
Australia Day 2016
The Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Memorial Group together with the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia Inc congratulates former army chief David Morrison who has been named 2016 Australian of the Year. A tribute to his support of the Montevideo Maru memorial is here.
We also have great pleasure in congratulating Norman Harold Furness, OAM, (VX23557), 93 years, for his significant recognition in the Australia Day Honours 2016. Information about his life is here.
Commemorating the 75th Anniversary, 2017
We need your stories for publication in 2017! Stories about the "Lost Battalion", stories about civilians who remained behind and were never seen again, stories about escape, stories about evacuation, stories about those who later returned to New Guinea islands, and stories about how WW2 in the New Guinea islands affected your fanily and lives during and after WW2. For details, see here.
One of the Society's current objectives is 'Education' and we have recently developed a history supplement to complement the current Year 10 Australian History curriculum. "Project 150" is about giving secondary students the opportunity to learn an Australian perspective of the Pacific in WW2. We are currently looking for 150 teachers to take part in the trial, which will include lesson plans, background notes, worksheets, resources and a copy of the DVD - Some Came Home. The flyer here outlines the trial: please share with any history teachers that you think maybe interested in the trial. To register you can fill out the form which is here.