Postcards from Port Moresby 1973-1975

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With the 40th anniversary of Papua New Guinea’s independence now almost upon us, there has been a small but noticeable increase in the number of visitors interested in old images from the seventies. This includes any photos of the events … Continue reading

Postcards from Logohu Place

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 … … I Googled the  house at 3 Logohu Place, Boroko, today and it didn’t look like it had changed much in the 35 years since I called it home. In those long-ago colonial days the street sign called the little … Continue reading

Australia’s invasion of New Britain, 11 September 1914

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One hundred years ago, at dawn on 11 September 1914, an advance party of 25 voluntarily enlisted Australian soldiers landed on the breakwater at Kabakaul, in New Britain. They were subsequently joined by the rest of the 1500-man strong Australian … Continue reading

One day in the life of the University of PNG

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  In 1972 when this photo was taken, the forum at the University of Papua New Guinea was a much-used meeting place for students, as well as a kind of semi-open-air lecture hall for visiting speakers. I’m guessing that is … Continue reading

PNG’s first ministry with correct caption

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David Stephen has very kindly identified the members of PNG’s first cabinet in the correct order as they appear in this photo, left to right: Thomas Kavali (National Party) Minister for Works; Julius Chan (People’s Progress Party) Finance Minister; Reuben Taureka (Pangu … Continue reading

PNG’s First Ministry

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The grainy old photo above is the official photo of PNG’s first ministry, formed as a coalition under Chief Minister Michael Somare. Judging from the formal attire I would say it was taken immediately after the 17 members of the … Continue reading

Taim Bilong Janet

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There have been lots of stories in the news lately about domestic violence and how it is becoming endemic throughout the world. A lot of the spotlight has been on PNG, where violence against women and children has become a … Continue reading

Balua’s Wife

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An American couple has requested more information about what life was like for Papua New Guineans, living under Australia’s colonial administration in the mid- to late-20th century. This blog is primarily a picture blog but I’ll have a go and … Continue reading

Child Care in Port Moresby

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Most of the Australian women who arrived in Port Moresby in the 1960s and 1970s came from working-class or middle-class backgrounds. Having a domestic servant wasn’t a part of their life experience. That all changed, often within hours of their … Continue reading

Lighting-up Time at the Goroka Show

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There are so many brilliant sing sing photos on the Internet these days that it is fair to wonder whether a couple of old snaps from 40 years ago could add much to the general pool. It is just that … Continue reading

Nations Will Learn from You

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The years from 1972 to 1975 were an exciting time to be living in Papua New Guinea as the nation came to terms with self-government and independence. Just about everybody was singing one song in particular, not only because of … Continue reading

Celebrating Independence Day

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… This blog is primarily about the old days in Papua New Guinea and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to post some photos of PNG’s first Independence Day, in 1975. It is a trip down memory lane for some … Continue reading

Don’t Stuff around in a Q

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I have a T-shirt that is 40 years old this year. That may not be a record for T-shirt longevity but it’s pretty good all the same. It shares its birthday with Air Niugini – also 40 this year – … Continue reading

Our Haus on the Hill

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A couple of recent comments posted to this blog by Bruce Thompson, a former journalist with the South Pacific Post’s  newspaper, the Post Courier, send me back to the old photo boxes for some pics of our raunhaus, or gazebo. … Continue reading

Dame Josephine Abaijah: Flying Solo in a Man’s World

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When I look back now on those seventies years in Papua New Guinea, there is one politician who stands out as personal favourite, and that is Dame Josephine Abaijah. In those days when she had no title, Josephine and I … Continue reading

Sir John Guise in Days of Old

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When Sir John Guise became the first Governor-General of Papua New Guinea, way back in 1975, he posed for a portrait for the Post Courier newspaper and this is it. He is in the wash-house at his home in Port … Continue reading

The “Birdman” in PNG

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Do you remember when the “Birdman” came to the Goroka Show in 1974 and put on a great exhibition of hang gliding for everybody, with smoke flares and the like? In the previous year, the South Pacific Brewery had taken … Continue reading

Out of the Darkroom and into the Closet

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There are many fine portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, but this one is a bit special. It was taken in Papua New Guinea in 1974, when the country was soon to celebrate its independence, and it captures the … Continue reading

Photographing Papua New Guinea

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Today when I look at all the beautiful photos of Papua New Guinea on the internet, I can see that a great many of those digital colour images are vastly superior to the black-and-white print photos that Australian expatriates like … Continue reading