PLAQUES COMMEMORATE WWII KOKODA DEATHS IN PNG

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MELBOURNE, Australia (January 18, 1998 - Radio Australia)---Six plaques were installed Sunday in memory of those who fought and died on Papua New Guinea's infamous Kokoda Track during World War Two.

Sixteen soldiers participated in the plaque laying ceremony at Dandenong Ranges National Park, east of Melbourne.

Parks Victoria spokesperson Ian Christie told Radio Australia that the park is the perfect home for the plaques.

The walking track that we're using in the national park is known locally as the 1,000 steps and it's the closest thing that we have to the Owen Stanley Ranges (in Papua New Guinea), so it'll allow a lot more people in Melbourne to go up and appreciate the actual significant sights in the Owen Stanleys and to appreciate the sacrifice of those (World War II) battalions.

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