Your Chance to Win, Double the Prize!
Everyone who has trekked Kokoda has a story worth telling. Why not share it on DoKokoda.com and inspire future trekkers? It could win you a trip back to PNG, this time on a more relaxing note - an extraordinary holiday for two at the TUFI Resort valued at $7,150!
Kokoda Historical are celebrating the launch of the new ‘Do Kokoda’ website by offering our trekkers the chance to win a signed copy of the revised edition of the "Architect of Kokoda", the story of the famous Captain Bert Kienzle.
If you have walked the Kokoda Track with us, we want you to leave your mark by posting your testimonial to the Do Kokoda website.
A Life Enriching Experience - Chris Hennessy
David, Thank-you so much for providing me with the opportunity to walk the Kokoda Track. It has been a life enriching experience.
It was extra special being able to do it with my son.
I now have a smidgen of insight into the conditions our troops fought under.
When we walked out onto Myola 1 looking just as it did in Damien Parer's film all those years ago the hairs on my neck stood on end. The only thing missing was the biscuit bomber.
I wish you and the Kokoda Historical team in both Australia and PNG every success for the future.
Chris Hennessy, Oct 2013
Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (ANMEF)
Straining at their oars, the twenty-five naval troops from the cruiser HMAS Sydney rowed towards their landing place of Herbertshohe, south east of the port of Rabaul on the island of New Britain. Under the command of Sub-Lieutenant Charles Webber, Royal Australian Navy Reserve (RANR), a twenty-four year old bookkeeper from Albert Park, Melbourne, their mission was to seize the German wireless stations that were believed to be operating on high ground several miles inland.
East of Webber’s small force, Lieutenant Rowland Bowen RAN, born in the Victorian town of Acheron, was leading the second party, which had disembarked from the destroyers Warrego and Yarra. It was 6am on 11 September 1914 and the first Australian military operation of the Great War had begun.
Group portrait of Australian Navy and Military Expeditionary Force (ANMEF) Officers at German New Guinea. Back row (in background), left to right: Gunner Young RAN; unidentified native; unidentified native. Middle row (standing): Midshipman William, Royal Australian Naval Reserve (RANR); Midshipman Cocks, RANR; Signal Boatswain Hunter RAN; Sub-Lieutenant Webber RANR; Lieutenant Marsden CMF; Lt Godby, CMF; Sub Lt Buller RANR; Midshipman Sage RANR; Lt Read RANR. Front row (sitting): Captain Flood, Australian Army Medical Corps; Lt Gillam RANR; Lieutenant Commander L. S. Bracegirdle DSO, RAN, Commanding Officer (HMAS Penguin tally band); Dr Runge; Paymaster Lieutenant Commander Livesay, Royal Navy.
Black Cat Track - Remembrance
Over the years I have had the pleasure of accompanying many relatives of Veterans that served in the territories of Papua
and New Guinea, during the Second World War, on their pilgrimages to PNG. One such trip, and one of the more memorable, was that of the McRae’s.
Lex McRae and Cat Muir are the son and granddaughter of Corporal Keith ‘Blue’ McRae. Blue McRae was a commando who served with the 2/3 Independent Company during the Second World War.