Vale Stan Bisset

by Jack on October 7, 2010

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Stan Bisset, a true Australian hero.

Harry (my brother), Dad and I met Mr. Bisset a few weeks back when we went and had afternoon tea with Stan and his wife Gloria in Coolum.

Mr. Bisset then arranged for Harry and I and our Kokoda Challenge team to go along to the 2/14th Battalion reunion in Brisbane, which was an enormous thrill for us all.

Mr Bisset was a remarkable Australian and the nation is poorer for his loss.

Vale Mr. Bisset.



Mr Hogan, one of the teachers at my school (Elanora High), has worked very hard over the past few years to get a very popular program going revolving around tackling the grueling 96 km Kokoda Challenge for charity here on the Gold Coast.

This year the school had 3 teams of 4 students and a teacher competing in the full distance (96 km) (I think there were 66 school teams in total) and quite a number of teams doing the half Kokoda.

I was in one of those 3 teams tackling the 96 km track along with:

  • my brother Harry,
  • friends Ryan and Nathan and
  • Mr Hogan.

We Won & Broke The Old Record

We were lucky enough to have everything go right for us – including having an incredible Support Crew of parents and brothers and sisters – and were able to achieve our 2 goals for the trek:

  • be the first school team to finish, and
  • break the old record of 19 hours and 36 minutes (we beat it by 21 minutes).

We were awarded the Stan Bisset Cup for being the first school team.

Thanks to Mr Hogan, teachers, our Support Crew and the other Elanora High lads who we walked/ran with for most of the way.

An incredible achievement by all teams to finish.

Met Stan Bisset MC OAM MID

Harry and I read up on Mr Bisset – he’s a Kokoda Hero, a recipient of the Military Cross and Order of Australia Medal and Australia’s oldest living Wallaby (Australia’s Rugby team players).

We found out he lives on the Sunshine Coast and called to see if he’d like a visit from a couple of lads who are very proud to have won the Cup named in his honour.

Mr Bisset and his lovely wife Gloria made us feel very welcome and were a real joy to chat with.

Harry and I feel very honoured to have met such an inspirational and giving person.

Mr Stan Bisset and I

Mr Stan Bisset and I