Jiropa Plantation is a pre-war coconut palm plantation growing copra. The ground is flat and dominated by rows of coconut palms and borders Simemi Creek to the east.
During the evening
of December 29, 1942 the Australian Army, 2/10th strengthened by a company
of the 2/9th and four newly arrived Stuart tanks attacked the
area between Giropa Point and the mouth of Simemi Creek,
but gained nothing. On December 31, 1942, the 2/12th Battalion
relieved the 2/9th Battalion and resumed the attack. When the Japanese defenses at Jiropa were overrun, they were abandoned or bulldozed over to bury the Japanese dead inside.
Reportedly, there is a Japanese plaque commemorating their war dead at this location.
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October 23, 2019