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In September 2012 I walked the KOKODA TRACK with a group of Australian trekkers.
In the lead up to this, I framed a number of photographs and completed artworks auctioned for fundraising towards supporting and raising awareness for Centacare’s ‘Gift of Time’ appeal. ‘Gift of Time’ appeal was focussed on supporting Auricht House, which provides respite for families of individuals with an intellectual disability.
This calendar shows photos taken in New Guinea and on the Kokoda Track.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: In the year 1942, during the Pacific invasion, the Japanese had built up a force of 13,500 in the Gona region of Papua with the intention of invading Port Moresby. The key to the offensive was an overland track across the Owen Stanley Ranges. The track ranged from the small village of Buna on the north coast of Papua and went up the slopes through Gorari and Oivi to Kokoda. The track was approximately 100 miles (160 km) long, folded into a series of ridges, rising higher and to 7,000 feet (2,100 m) and then declining again to 3,000 feet (910 m). It was covered in thick jungle, short trees and tall trees tangled with vines.
On 29 August 1942, the Japanese task force broke through the Australian line forcing the Australians to retreat further back to Templeton’s Crossing. Eventually, the Australians were forced to retreat to Myola. 4000 Australian lives were lost in the campaign. It is speculated that this number would have been much larger had it not been for the help of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.