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Lark Force Tour Update - 29 August 2014

rabaul harbourThe group have all arrived safely to their hotel at Rabaul. With smoke coming from the volcano and the occasional rock being thrown into the air the atmosphere is very exciting.

There will be a fantastic show this evening as the red rocks can be seen being thrown from Mount Tavurvur.

The volcanic activity is subsiding as the volcanos pressure is released so the trip is going ahead as planned and the group will start out early in the morning on their adventure.

We'll be following their progress online.

Upcoming Event - Kokoda Memorial Service

Dave HowellOn Sunday 31st August 2014, the Geelong Sub-Branch of the National Servicemens' Association (NSAA) will be conducting a Kokoda Memorial Service.

David Howell, Kokoda Historical founder and 39th Battalion Association Committee member will be the guest speaker at this event.

Click the link for further details:-

The first Australian to be Killed in Action on an Australian operation in the First World War


Able Seaman John Courtney

Able Seaman John Courtney, from Ross Island, Townsville was one of the sailors advancing along the Bitapaka road on September 11, 1914 as part of the landing party of the Australian Naval and Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF). Courtney's real name was John Edward Walker. He was shot in the chest and in the base of the skull as he was fighting in the jungles of Rabaul.

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A Unique Experience

I first met the founder of Kokoda Historical, David Howell, when working with him at the Shrine of Remembrance. In 2012 I was invited to accompany him and our fellow Shrine colleague, Neil Sharkey on the annual 39th Battalion Harry Bould Trek in the year of the 70th anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign.

Training Session 24 August 2014

Join us on our next training walk on Sunday 24 August. We will meet at 9.30 am at Launch Fresh at 2080 Warburton Highway Launching Place. Its at the corner of Warburton Highway and Gembrook Road (about 6 kms from Woori Yallock). From there we’ll go to Warburton about another 20 minutes. We should be able to start walking at 10.00 am.

Donna Buang has its own climate so it’s important to take a rain jacket/warm top and dry clothes for return home. 

It will take 4-5 hours.

RSVP Essential - If you are coming please do let us know so that we can send you further information and know to expect you.