Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Memorial



This section contains material relating to education and awareness raising on issues relevant to Papua New Guinea and the Montevideo Maru.

Project 150: One of the Society's current objectives is 'Education'. A history supplement, Project 150, has been developed by teachers to complement the Australian History curriculum. We aim to ensure it is easy to encourage students in this largely unknown but powerful and poignant Australia story—and to encourage them to be more curious about it.

"Project 150" is about giving secondary students the opportunity to learn an Australian perspective of the Pacific in WW2. We are currently looking for teachers to use this outstanding resource, which includes lesson plans, background notes, worksheets, resources and and easy access to an electronic 15-minute version of the DVD Some Came Home, all to be used in conjunction or separately. This program can be taught in one or two lessons.

Click here for study notes for use with the Some Came Home video. Please share with any history teachers that you think may be interested in teaching this largely unknown but significant Australian history, which involves Australia's greatest maritime tragedy, massacres, the execution of an 11-year-old Australian boy as a spy, and extraordinary and heroic escapes from what was Japanese occupied former Australian territory.

We provide a 15 minute educational version of Some Came Home, which you can view online or download as a ZIP file. There is also a PDF file with background information on the people mentioned in the video.

The PNGAA can also provide assistance, as outlined in the President's letter here.

The Rabaul & Montevideo Maru Group and PNGAA would like to acknowledge John Schindler's assistance in providing Some Came Home for educational use. Other titles, including the DVD The Tragedy of the Montevideo Maru, can be obtained from his website.

Our National Myopia: The first Australian town to be attacked in WW2 was not Darwin: it was Rabaul. Read all about this neglected episode in Australia's history here.


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