“Kokoda” has become iconic in Australian national narratives of the war. Its commemoration most commonly invokes images of Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, local carriers who assisted Allied forces, and whose relationships with Australian soldiers are frequently described in terms of “mateship” and “brotherly bonds”. But there is good reason to look beyond these narratives. Feminist historians and scholars of conflict have urged us to be attentive to the effects of wars on women, as well as to the roles they have played even in seemingly impossible circumstances. Read full story here.
Researchers from PNG and Australia's Deakin University are drawing on the expertise of historians and locals to gather first-hand accounts of Papua New Guineans wartime experience along the Kokoda Track. For full story including ABC radio interview, click here.