Category: Roads and bridges


First Land Rover to Mendi: Chips MacKellar

During 1955 and 1956 I was stationed in the Western Highlands District of Papua New Guinea. It was a wild frontier: tribal fights, freezing nights and development fever, as planters vied for the best...


Opening the Kassam Pass: Bob Cleland

An obituary of Ian Downs in the PNG Post-Courier mentioned him as “the principal facilitator of the construction of the Highlands Highway.” Stuart Inder in the Sydney Morning Herald had words of similar import....