A Chance Encounter

A Chance Encounter

We decided to travel to Sydney by public transport to attend the PNGAA lunch in December 2014.

Saturday: Bingie to Moruya; bus to Nowra; bus to Bomaderry; diesel train to Kiama; suburban service to Central and then Central to Gordon!. Travel time seven and a half hours with, of course, mandatory meal stops.

The following morning we asked our cousin Peter Bidencope, who we were staying with, to take us for a drive enroute the Killara Golf Club. This included 5 Kardella Avenue, my family home immediately after WWll.

As I walked into the garden I was greeted by an elegantly dressed lady coming out of her house. I announced my reason for being there and she noticed my Air Niugini tie. ‘Are you going to the PNGAA lunch?’ my new acquaintance asked. And then said, ’well so am I!’

Much conversation followed, linking Joan Stobo’s (PNG 1960s) early days and life in TPNG to my uncle Viv Crisp and Steamships Trading Company.  The return journey on the Monday was an exact reversal which again took seven and a half hours!!

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