Jim Vanderkamp was with the Public Health Dept, Malaria Control. The following photographs cover some of Jim’s experiences and tours of duty at Popondetta, Wanigela, Rabaul and on Bougainville.
Lamington Hotel (Steamships Trading Company), Popondetta, January 1965. (Mt Lamington in background)
Standing outside the Malaria Service, PHD, Popondetta, January 1965.
Rabaul, New Year's Day 1967 - Chinese Dragons.
Rabaul, New Year's Day 1967, outside Seeto Teck's Store.
Rabaul, New year's Day 1967 - another view outside Seeto Teck's store.
Rabaul, New Year's Day 1967 - the Dragon visited every store in "Chinatown".
Visiting another store
Rabaul, New Year's Day 1967 - a close up of the Dragon.
Rabaul, New year's day 1967 - repairs needed!
Rabaul, New Year's Day 1967 - a rope of firecrackers ready to go off
Rabaul, New Year's Day 1967 - away it goes.
Rabaul, New Year's Day 1967 - getting right into it.
Rabaul, New Year's Day 1967 - part of the action.
Rabaul, New Year's Day 1967 - the celebrations continue.
Matupit Island, Simson Harbour, 1966
Malaria Institute - Matupit Farm 1966. This building used to be a dance hall.
Part of the Rabaul wharf facilities - a shipwreck filled with concrete.
Rabaul airstrip, 1966
Typical Tolai children - Matupit Village, 1966
The township of Rabaul as it was in 1966.
View from Vunapope Catholic Mission overlooking sawmill timber and a shipwreck towards volcanoes in the background, 1966.
Matupit volcano craters, 1966
The smallest but very active Matupit volcano, 1966.
Simpson Harbour, 1966
Beehives, Simpson Harbour, 1966.
The largest Beehive, Simson Harbour, 1966.
Rabaul, Church building at Vunapope Catholic mission, 1966.
Rabaul, 1966 - self crouching at the mouth of a Japanese tunnel excavated during their occupation, WW2.
Rabaul, 1966. Another Japanese tunnel
Rabaul, 1966. A group of Japanese tunnels on the Rabaul/Kokopo road.
Rabaul, 1966 - General Yamamoto's HQ during the Japanese occupation of Rabaul during WW2. (Now a museum).
Wanigela, February 1965 - self with a family group.
Taking Malaria service blood-slides at an Anglican Mission school in the Wanigela area (Northern District), February 1965.
Wanigela, February 1965. This was the "every day dress" for the men.
A bit discoloured but a view of Buka passage from the Bukaluma Guest House front lawn on Sohano island (1971). The Guesthouse used to be the District Commissioner's residence before Administration HQ was transferred to Kieta and later on to Arawa.
Bougainville, circa 1971. The Kieta Hotel can be seen on the righthand side of the road (middle). Other buildings comprise Steamships; BP's; Breckwolds; Radio "moth bilong San Kamap"; the Commonwealth and national Banks and Jimmy Wong's store. The road to Arawa can be seen in background.
Bougainville circa 1971. Driving back from Buin to Kieta when caught in a flash flood from heavy rain.
Bougainville circa 1971. The old Kieta hospital site - the remaining general ward, midwifery ward and the Malaria Control office. Staff housing at back. Near the old ward can be seen the new museum as part of the Bougainville Cultural Centre to be. Note also the Sailing Club (lower right) - photo taken on a weekend, hence all the cars. I believe nothing now remains of these buildings.
Malaria Service Building, Kangu Beach, Buin 1971
Wanigela women, February 1965
Unexploded World War 2 bomb encountered at new road works on Bougainville - circa 1975.
Old Japanese gun on Kangu Beach near Buin (Solomon Islands in background)
Another view of the old Japanese gun at Kangu beach, 1971.
Worked for Burns Philp in Popondetta and Port Moresby from 1980 through 1987