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Location
Owers' Corner is located north of McDonald's Corner and Sogeri where the road becomes the foot path into the Owen Stanley Mountains along the Kokoda Trail.

Wartime History
Nicknamed "Owers' Corner" in honor of Lt. N. Owers who advanced to this location with a survey party seeking an alternative route to Ilolo to supply Australian troops in the Owen Stanley Mountains.

During late September 1942, 25 Pounder guns of B Troop, 53rd Battery, 14th Field Regiment were at this location. On September 23, 1942 these guns began firing at Japanese forces occupying Ioribaiwa. During late September, the Australian Army 16th Brigade began advancing from this location northward towards Kokoda.

During late September to early October 1942, a tower was constructed using bush materials with a flying fox to transport materials and equipment to the beginning of the Kokoda Track.

On October 3, 1942 Minister for the Army, Mr F. M. Forde, General Blamey and US Army General MacArthur, Herring and Kenney plus Australian Army Minister Mr F. M. Forde visited Owers' Corner. General MacArthur told 16th Brigade C.O. Brigadier J. E. Lloyd, "Lloyd, by some act of God, your Brigade has been chosen for this job. The eyes of the Western world are upon you. I have every confidence in you and your men, good luck, don't stop."

After the battle, the area continued to be used as a military camp area. During late 1943 a carrier camp for natives carrying cargo across the Kokoda Trail was established at this location.

Today
Owers' Corner is the starting point of the Kokoda Trail used by trekkers.

Owers' Corner Memorial
There is a memorial marker located here and small memorial park.

References
Field Guide to the Kokoda Track

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January 11, 2018

 

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