Walk To The Apng Crash Site By Lady Carol Kidu And Family Members
Posted 15 August 2010 - 10:08 PM
The photograph below was taken shortly after the group had landed at the Kokoda airport.
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Keith made sure they were placed perfectly on the wall. One plaque was in honour of the two girls. One was put there by ourselves in relation to Russell's brother Kingsley who died in the crash and the other by the Weire family who lost their daughter Kelly.
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Russell's father can be seen in the background. When the war commenced he was 14 and living in Gona Village. He has seen a lot of things both in Gona and Kokoda but does not like to talk about it. After the war he was employed by the District Administration in Kokoda and was offered a block of land at which time he married and settled in Kokoda. The family live there to this day along with their children and grandchildren.
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Lady Carol Kidu was also introduced to Grace the widow of Kingsley Eroro who was originally from Vanuata. When her and Kingsley married, they settled on the family block in Kokoda. Grace is the agent for Airlines PNG and also the postmistress at the local post office.
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Michael they were informed was also the school captain. They also got to meet his parents as per the photographs below.
The scholarship was arranged through the Kokoda Track Foundation. The Kinross family also sponsored two students from the Kokoda Track who are attending a high school at Mt Diamond. On the day before they departed PNG, they also met with the two students recommended to them by the Kokoda Track Foundation.
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The next day the 10th August they were driven to Kanadara Village the drop off point for their walk to the crash site. On the way to Kanandara we stopped off at the Eroro Family block to pick up John Derick Eroro who would act as their guide. Whilst stopped, they were introduced to the Kokoda Trail champion, Brendan Buka who holds the record in 16 hours 34 minutes from Owers' Cnr to Kokoda.
Posted 15 August 2010 - 11:00 PM
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