Battle of Bita Paka (Rabaul 1914)

A wreath laying to honour the service and sacrifice of those who fought in the Battle of Bita Paka 1914.

11 September 2023 11:00 am - 11 September 2023 11:30 am
Sanctuary, Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne, VIC 3001
Free admission
Accessible venue

The outbreak of the First World War saw the quick formation of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force. Their first targets were German bases in the Pacific, including the wireless station at Bita Paka.

The Battle of Bita Paka took place on 11 September 1914 on the island of New Britain. This battle with German reservists and Melanesian police was the first Australian action of the First World War. This battle also saw the first Australian fatal casualties of the First World War.

Shrine Representatives:

  • Shrine Governor Commander Terry Makings AM
  • Shrine Governor Lieutenant Commander Jan Gallagher

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Reviewed 14 August 2023

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