Owers' Corner was the start of the Kokoda Trail
and from here Australian soldiers caught their first glimpse of the
daunting Owen Stanley mountain range. Across these mountains the
Japanese army had advanced, halted only when it reached Ioribaiwa ridge,
9 kilometres from here.
A rough ascending road from Port Moresby ended at Sogeri and from there
a crude, rutted track led to Owers' Corner. At Owers' Corner the
Salvation Army centre provided tea and biscuits to the troops and the
Papuan carriers moving forward.
Nearby at Sogeri were large supply bases and an Australian 1200-bed
hospital which extended two kilometres along the road. In four months,
during the height of the battle, this hospital handled 10,000