Category: Transport

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Fly River: Peter Hay

When I got married in 1969, the idea was to have a year doing something interesting before settling down to kids and suburbia in Sydney. A shipmate from Jardines was Master of a coaster...

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MIVA in North Bougainville 1934: Chris Diercke

Rigu strip, N Bougainville 1934  L – R  Johnny Sanson, Dr Kroning (of Toberoi Plantation) talking to Fr Tonjes, Rudi Diercke (of Woskawitz Plantation), Peter Berkenheier (camera man).   By the 1930s the Catholic...

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Marooned in the Mortlock Islands: Mike Bourke

In September-October 2002, I spent six weeks in Bougainville Province, now the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, doing field work for a study of village agriculture. The first indication of the transport troubles that lay...

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From Cairns to Salamaua: Derek Crisp

Copy of E.D. Crisp’s report on flight from Cairns to Salamaua, 16 February to 2 March 1938. The following narrative is also shown as slides in the Photo Gallery under reference “One of the...

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Fifty years ago in PNG: Brian Darcey

In 1955, I had just returned to Sydney from a trans-Tasman crossing to New Zealand in Kylie, a steel ketch which had taken up the previous two years of my young life as we...

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Horses on patrol: Chips MacKellar

(Published Una Voce, June 1997, page 6) Malcolm (Chips) MacKellar 1953-1955 CPO Daru and Lake Murray (Western District) 1955-1956 P.O. Mount Hagen (Western Highlands District) 1957 ASOPA Long Course 1958-1964 PO at Madang and...

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Walking off Mount Otto: Phil Latz

In January 1964, as a licenced helicopter maintenance engineer, I was sent to PNG for the first time. One of the first tasks I remember took place in the Western Highlands when we flew...

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Insurance, PNG style: Phil Latz

With reference to Rod Noble’s story in the March 2014 edition of Una Voce about the ‘mighty’ Sepik river and Bam Island, here is another regarding that area. In March 1987, prior to Shell...

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Another near miss: Phil Latz

Toward the end of 1969, beginning a new tour of duty, I found myself at Wewak on the mainland of Papua New Guinea, again flying a two passenger Bell G3B1 turbo charged machine. This...