A pilot oral history project has just been completed in Papua New Guinea recording the experiences of those affected by the Second World War.
The pilot focussed on the Kokoda Trail, famous for the 'fuzzy wuzzy angels' who supported Australian troops in 1942.
The last of the fuzzy wuzzies, Ovoru Indiki, died last year.
A researcher at Melbourne's Deakin University who helped gather the information, Jonathan Ritchie, says Mr Indiki's death underlines the urgency of the task, as PNG perspectives are often overlooked in favour of Australian ones.
"And of course everyone understands there's a huge amount of urgency here because so many of the people who lived and worked and fought during the war have now passed away and if we want to have any chance at all of getting most people, we need to do it quickly."
Mr Ritchie says he hopes the project will be expanded to cover the whole country.