One of the most desperate battles in Australian history was fought at Isurava between 26 and 30 August 1942. The signs of the ferocity here are still present, weapons’ pits originally used by the Australians at Isurava are still evident in the vicinity of the memorial site. Prior to construction, the memorial site itself was strewn with rusting magazine cartridges, and unexploded mortar shells from the battle.
The Isurava Memorial was constructed in remembrance of all those Australians and Papua New Guineans who fought and those who died on the Kokoda Track in 1942. This site gives more information about its construction and dedication.The
The Memorial features four Australian black granite pillars that are each inscribed with a single word — COURAGE, ENDURANCE, MATESHIP, and SACRIFICE representing the values and qualities of those Australian soldiers who fought along the Kokoda Track.
On 6 February this month, the Kokoda Trail was closed indefinitely by Koiari landowners who want a proposed copper mining venture by Australian owned Frontier Resources Ltd, that will impact on a section of the track, to go ahead. The landowners say they will get more money from the mining than from the tourism generated from trekkers.