Turnbull War Memorial Park

Turnbull War Memorial Park, Alotau: Address, Turnbull War Memorial Park Reviews: 4/5

Turnbull War Memorial Park
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Charles Able Highway, Alotau 211 Papua New Guinea

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Davy1950inv
Inverness, UK149 contributions
Mar 2019
The memorial park is well kept and and it proudly reminds us of the part played by heroic British and Australian troops during WW2.
Written 31 July 2019
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rogerjm
Olympia, WA1,268 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
Not all battles are covered by movies or famous books, but they are important nonetheless. Milne Bay May not be a major battle, but it is where the Japanese Army was stopped for the first time.

Men fought and died in harsh conditions and this was an important spot.

Milne Bay is a good reminder about ordinary people doing extra-ordinary deeds that had everlasting effects.
Written 20 December 2018
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724nanna
Bribie Island, Australia15 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
Well worth visit. Use local tours available after you leave wharf..it is one of the airstrips used during Milne Bay campaign
Written 9 August 2018
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RayParks
Adelaide, Australia2,744 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
On our way from Gurney Airport to the town of Alotau we stopped briefly in front of the War Memorial. It was very quiet and the signboard had been removed. As we didn’t want to be harassed by the people next door to the park, we just visited from the road.
Written 5 March 2018
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Sharon C
Queensland, Australia35 contributions
Dec 2017 • Friends
The war memorial was well kept and the lawns were neat and tidy. Being able to wonder around to look each of the memorials .
Written 10 January 2018
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capsicum0620
Thailand815 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
Spare yourselves the "entrance fees" unless you're willing to contribute to the financial well-being of the local caretakers' family.
Written 2 November 2017
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Delene_and_John
Canberra, Australia25 contributions
Oct 2017 • Business
Visited as part of a tour. The whole are is beautifully maintained and you can still see where the airfield was.
Written 20 October 2017
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188petere
Brisbane, Australia1,626 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
Stopped off in Alotau off the Aria, and did an organised war tour. The town is small so the trip was done in toyota minibuses with a local guide & local driver - really friendly & keen to tell their story.

The tour talk us to the Cpl French Memorial (VC winner), then on to the lookout over the town, then to the airstrip (scene of the major Milne Bay battle where the Aust militia with some US support inflicted the first land defeat on the Japanese in WW2).

This airstrip is now the scene of the Turnbull War Memorial (honouring aviator Peter Turnbull who crashed & died during WW2), and also houses other memorials honouring Aust AIF Divisions & RAAF teams involved in the war, as well as a mass Japanese grave.

A local gave a beautiful speech about her families war experience, our guide read a poem written by a digger & a local was playing his songs on an acoustic guitar. Only shame was that the traffic at times drowned out the presentation.

Some locals were on site selling some hand made wares but unfortunately also some mass produced tourist stuff.
Written 12 October 2017
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alison M
Noosa, Australia13 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
This memorial sits snugg in a local neighbourhood. The grounds are maintained by locals so if you appreciate the opportunity to take in the site, share the love!
Written 21 August 2017
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deejay17
Brisbane, Australia312 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
We visited as part of a tour of Battle sites in New Guinea. IT was great a shock to be asked to pay per person just to visit the park and walk around to look at the various memorials and read the plaques. SOmetimes there is a fine line that is crossed and we felt this given the nature of the park, the lack of signage saying there was a charge and the manner in which demand was made. If tourism is to develop in this lovely town, more structure is needed to oversee this.
Written 8 August 2017
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