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Knox takes on the Kokoda Track

In 2018, during the September-October school holidays, a group of 19 students from Years 9 to 11, accompanied by three staff members, walked the historic Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea.

The group spent six months physically preparing for the 96km trek. The boys gained a hands-on knowledge of an important chapter in Australia’s history by walking the trail. It led them through places such as Ioribaiwa, Brigade Hill, Eora Creek, and Cons Rock. The boys walked the footsteps of the Diggers and heard their stories. It was particularly moving to hear that two Knox Old Boys, Desmond King (OKG36) and John Riley (OKG32) were laid to rest in the Bomana War Cemetery. The group held a ceremony for each man to pay their respects.

An extended visit to Isurava Village was spent speaking to and playing with local children in the village and learning about their culture. The relationship built with the local porters was one of mutual respect and appreciation.

“The trek was tough but I learnt a lot about myself and all of the courage of our Australian soldiers - especially the OKG boys who lost their lives on the track.” Luke Derry (OKG19)

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