WHILE the story of the battle on the Kokoda Track is clearly and unequivocally military in nature and mostly about the men involved, it is also true to say that the women and children caught up in the conflict have been largely ignored.
I have read a lot about the Kokoda campaign and do not recall any mention of women or children. It seems inconceivable that they were simply not there, even if they had hidden in the bush to avoid the combatants.
It would be a worthwhile addition to the history of the Kokoda battle if someone could undertake a research project to discover and describe the experiences of the women and children who were caught up in the conflict.
It is likely that the people living along the track still remember the stories of their parents and grandparents about that time, so an oral history might yet be recorded.
While I can understand Charlie Lynn's concern about the condition and management of the track, I think that he is wrong to conclude that there is some leftist conspiracy to rewrite history, let alone diminish the campaign's significance for Australians or Papua New Guineans.
History is always a work in progress, with new material coming to light often making it necessary to ‘tweak’ the accepted narrative to reflect the new knowledge and insights.
The Kokoda campaign will not be exempt from this process.