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    Owers' Corner Central Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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Location
Owers' Corner is located in Central Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG). At this location, the road becomes the foot path that connects to the start of the Kokoda Trail across the the Owen Stanley Range. To the located south is McDonald's Corner and Sogeri.

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 transport supplies to the Australian Army troops in the Owen Stanley Range.

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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September 9, 2018

 

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