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SYDNEY Christmas Lunch – 6 December 2020

Date: Sunday, 6 December 2020 Venue: Killara Golf Club, 556 Pacific Highway, Killara, Sydney Plenty of parking/10minutes walk from Killara Railway Station; Disability access available Time: 11:30am – Registration; 3:30pm – Leave premises Cost:...

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Record Delivery Time

Jack Sweeney, who sadly passed away on 19 May 2018, aged ninety-seven, initially arrived in PNG in 1955 and worked for several years in various jobs, including crocodile shooting. In the 1960s he built...

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Tragic Events at Tauta – Sept 2020 Kundu

My first task this fateful day in September 1964 entailed flying a DCA aerodrome inspector from Goroka to Nondugl in the Cessna 185. Though my intention was to wait at Nondugl while the inspector...

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Gemo Island Hospital: in the Beginning

In 1937, English nurse Constance Fairhall, known to her colleagues as ‘Paul’, started a hospital for tuberculosis and leprosy on an island in Port Moresby harbour called Hanudamava, better known as Gemo. In 1934,...

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With DCA in PNG

My late father, John Walker, a long-term member of PNGAA, had two spells in PNG with the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). The first was in 1946 when he was appointed officer-in-charge of Jackson...

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Be Prepared for the Unexpected

When you get off the plane at the airport in Port Moresby, you’re met with a large sign welcoming you to the ‘land of the unexpected’. It’s a phrase used often in relation to...