Category: Places

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Emirau Island: by Warren Martin

Several traumatic and dramatic incidents occurred on the tiny, insignificant island of Emirau during World War II. Emirau is situated in the St Matthias group, less than 1½ degrees south of the equator. Overshadowed...

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Fifties in Rabaul: Jan Barnes

I arrived in Rabaul in May 1955 having been married two weeks previously to Neville who had been in Rabaul as Brown and Dureau’s agent for the previous 12 months.We left Brisbane at midnight...

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Jimi River memories: Peter Skinner

Tabibuga in the Jimi River was one of the more far-flung patrol posts in Western Highlands District while my father Ian Skinner was DC during the mid-to-late 1950s and, while most of the time...

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Mount Lamington: Des Martin

On Sunday morning 21 January 1951, I was relaxing in the single men’s quarters Lae in what was then the Territory of Papua and New Guinea (TPNG). Actually I was posted to the Finschhafen...

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Jimi River memories: Peter Skinner

Tabibuga in the Jimi River was one of the more far-flung patrol posts in Western Highlands District while my father Ian Skinner was DC during the mid-to-late 1950s and, while most of the time...

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Return to New Ireland: Leen van Lien

In 1963 I qualified as a health inspector but did not get a job until a year later with the NSW Government. As a newly appointed officer I had to go through an office...

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Lombrum: Jerry Lattin

From 1963 to 1965 I was in command of the small naval cargo ship HMAS Banks in PNG waters. Later, in 1970, I had a year in HMAS Aitape commanding the PNG Patrol Boat...

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Morning in Goroka: John Pearne

Shared thoughts with those who have known Papua New Guinea Lines written following a return visit, after twenty-one years, to the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea One awakes, the memory of so many...

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Return to New Ireland: Leen van Lien

In 1963 I qualified as a health inspector but did not get a job until a year later with the NSW Government. As a newly appointed officer I had to go through an office...

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Goroka revisited

In my article Cruise to Rabaul, I ended saying how I had found, among the people I met, “…an eagerness for the upcoming elections and the hope that a new government could set PNG...