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margaretdb
30-04-2005, 10:41 PM
I wondered what other people who lived in Moresby in the late 60's and early 70's remember about it.

I remember the day Steamies in town got all the flavoured ice creams (I think there was about 20 flavours - it was a magic day for us kids)

I remember the "Show day" near the Uni in around 1968 when the showbags were "Real" sample bags, they actually had samples of matches would you believe !!!

I remember going to the drive-in every weekend - you didnt even care what was on - you just went every week. I remember that at the drive-in on your birthday your name was called out and you got some free lollies - not just a packet, but a drink, potato chips and many packets of lollies. We had a cyclone on my sisters birthday one year and still we went - there was two cars there, and they showed the movie (and she got her free lollies). I also remember when they built the picture theatre at Boroko near the entrance to the drive in. I remember "check your dockets" when you went to the drive in and had dinner there. (It was not the "greasy take aways" you get at drive in's now, but great meals).

I remember the songs of the time - (I always think of Moresby when I hear them)
"Is this the way to Armarillo" - Tony Christie.
"Raindrops keep falling on my head" - Johnny Farnham
"Green green grass of home" - Tom Jones

Lets hear what YOU remember ?

Margaret

kdonem
30-04-2005, 11:58 PM
I lived in POM mid 70s to early 80s first as a student at upng(76-80). Breakfast then was real breakfast where you had choice of different cereals,with cold milk, fried eggs, bacon and sausage and you could toast bread your own bread, however many you liked or you could have them without toasting with butter or any jam of the popular brands. Lunch and dinner were real and decent dinner. I mention this because it is very sad what the upng mess is feeding our kids at these institution now. is there any truth in this rumor that some students going in late to meals get very little to eat and leave the mess hungry. We could walk to the cinema outside next to the drive-in theater next to POM teachers colledge but you can't anymore as it is too dangerous now. I now work for a private firm and have been in the private sector since 1983 and it amazes me to how well off the top bracket of the public servants are while 90% of them are in a vicious cycle of borrowing to service to the next pay day. The top public servants and the politicians are sadly the biggest thieves and are bringing this country down. Public servants of the sixties and early seventies did real work. It is a very sad state PNG is in, looking at it from the private sector, it is unbearablly shamefull. If the politicians and public servants worked like we do in the private sector, PNG would be one hundred times better of then it is now.

kdonem

rhondam
13-11-2005, 07:29 PM
Oh yes I remember Moresby in the 60's:) .....Boroko cinema at the afternoon matinee.....when u walked into the drive in cost two bob...sitting up on the balcony with your guy:love: .....going to Ela Beach each Sunday to burn to a crisp....when a big drive was going to Bomana...swimming in the army pool when Steemies and Burns Phillip were the Harrods of New Guinea...when you waited 6 weeks for a record on the top 40 to be imported from south...memories how wish I was there again ;-)

margaretdb
18-11-2005, 08:51 PM
Davos - are you referring to the first year of the primary school or the high school ?

My sister and I went to Gordon Primary. I was there for 1 year in 1969 and she was there for a couple of years. It was built in 1969 and we were the first students. I was in the final year. I loved that uniform.

My sister went to Gordon High in the first year (I think it was two years later.)

Margaret

rhondam
27-11-2005, 06:37 AM
Margeret and Daveo....you both have a younger memories of Moresby than me.

There was no Gordons school when I left to go "South" in 1966 only Port Moresby High or Ela Beach Primary.

You have both brought back fond memories and big smiles to me.

My Dad owned PNG Motors cnr Hubert Murry Highway and Hospital Rd Boroko he was in Moresby till around 1970.

Moresby was a great place for a teenage girl in my time...so many boys so little time :)

I also remember Sunday night's at the Aviat club at the outside movies those curves at Three Mile, Crystal Rapids that I had forgotton (thanks Daveo) the smell from low tide at Koki and sending the house boy to Koki market to get you cheap veges. Moresby parties were like no others. No TV hated it at the time but it forced us to socialise and make our own fun.

Having a house boy made it hard when you had to start your life on your own...those dirty cloths were still there when you got home...damn so were the dirty dishes in the sink...lol

I would give any thing to go back to that time in Moresby...but like every thing progress takes over...we have great memories and that no one can take from us.

Bamahuta

Rhonda

Titan Ice
29-11-2005, 01:04 PM
I was there from the middle of 69 to about 72. I went to school at the Port Moresby High and then worked down at Steamships Shipyard. Saturday matinee at theatre in town. Sitting in the back with your mates and if lucky a girl. Swimming at Ela Beach, Brown River jumping off the bridge, yes Crystal Rapids. The Drive In was also special the in crowd would park right at the back and you where lucky to see half the movie. I once walked from 3 Mile Hill to a dance and walked back again from Boroko East, don't think you could do that now. We arrived in Moresby from Samarai in 69 and had our first exprience with the Moresby Show. 69 was the time that a riot took place over the league match Papua verus New Guinea. We lived opposite the Boroko Hotel and watched as streams of people ran pass and a white police officer and his men walked down towards the masses, he had only been in the country 1 day he was scared. We went to the show and left quite early as trouble was brewing and just missed having the car smashed up on the way home. PMF had a milkbar next to the theatre in town and I use to have a hamburger there. Anzac day was at Bomana War Cemetery then back to the Ela Beach RSL for a gunfire breakfast. New Year was also spent at the RSL as the piper played in the New Year. Burms Philp had the first automatic doors which had the locals worried a little trying to figure out who was opening the doors. Paga Hill was a place to view the harbour from and the outer reef.

rhondam
30-11-2005, 12:21 PM
arrrrrrr Titan....you were probably at school with my mates and in the matinee with the same bunch.
I left Morseby in '66 but you have mentioned exactly the things we used to get up to.
Was Mr Sargent still giving out the cuts at Moresby High when you were there??
Rhonda

Titan Ice
01-12-2005, 08:36 PM
rhondam

For once I never recieved the cuts I got close to being expelled for have a magazine in my bag that wasn't meant to be found. The only thing I can remember about the principal was he wore glasses. If my memory hasn't failed me I do remember a class mate being caned for something he did. I do miss those days nothing seemed important casual days swimming and picnicing. We use to go around checking out cars at the Drive In and when we found someone making out we would shake the car and run for our lives. Glad I could run. I had put my memories of PNG on hold until I found this web site and now the old brain is working overtime rememebering all the thing back then.

eenie
18-04-2006, 09:20 AM
There was a Catalina Flying boat dumped down near the end of the runway in Moresby. I think there was also a mock-up plane there that the firies used to light up and practice their stuff on. If I remember correctly, you went past a sports field (cricket pitch and AFL?), and then the Aero Club to get to it. Back the other way were aircraft hangers and then the main "terminal". I seem to recall that so long as you stayed away from the main terminal area, it was OK to explore not only the Catalina, but also the real planes that were parked on the airport.

k-karu
19-04-2006, 01:12 AM
I guess, being around in Port Moresby around that time, I miss the bus service. I kind of prefer them to today's PMVs. The other thing that I miss would be the Papuan Hotel and the Corner Bar where the just about every Tom, **** and Harry and his dog hung out. Also the RSL club down on Ela Beach.

rmccaskie
07-07-2006, 01:52 PM
Hi everyone. Wow! I've just come across this site and it sure has bought back some memories.

I was a child in Moresby from the age of 3 to 10 years old. Arrived in '66 and left in '74. Went to St Josephs and lived on Paga hill.

My father worked for the public works department and supervised the building of the Sogari high school.

I remember the Ela beach RSL and the outdoor movies on a friday night, playing on the beach with my brother and the little pontoon they had floating on the water outside the RSL.

I remember the smell of the beach at low tide and walking out on the reef to look for sea-urchins.

I remember salty-plums and dried ginger, fireworks and koki market.

I remember the catolina, as well as the wrecked planes and bunkers at the airport.

I remember driving up the mountains to hom-broms bluff ??? and the water falls falling onto the road.

I remember the house boys and pidgeon english, and the smell of food being cooked on kerosine fires, beetle nut and red teeth.

I remember the expeditions to find WWII guns and the competitions with my school friends as to who had the most.

I remember playing marbles in the school grounds and after school day-care, green tree frog, papuan black snakes and so many butterflies.

I miss it.

Kathy Crossley
07-07-2006, 02:01 PM
Hi, does anyone remember the Moresby kindergarten/preschool that was on Ela Beach Rd? I was there in the late 50s and left Moresby in 1963. Have always wondered what happened to the kindergarten.

Kathy Crossley
07-07-2006, 04:03 PM
Hi, I was in Moresby a bit earlier than late 60s/early 70s but still have lots of the same memories. I was there from birth to age 10, 1953-1963. Went to St Josephs and lived on Davara Rd. My father was a builder with John Stubbs & Sons. I remember the milk bar in town and the baby crocodile that was kept as a pet in a cage at the back of the milk bar. I remember going to the wharf with my father to buy fresh lobster for two shillings. I remember the smell from Koki village and the 'floaties' that found their way to Ela Beach. I remember walking on the reef, finding sea urchins, crabs, star fish and 'sea sausages'. I remember Friday night fish and chips on Ela Beach. I remember the drive in and free goodies on your birthday. I remember the Saturday matinees at the picture threatre at Boroko. I remember seeing 'Tonka', 'Hand in Hand', and 'Guns of Navarone'. I remember Sundays at the yacht club with my father and Santa arriving by helicopter at the yacht club. I remember getting lots of sunburns. My name was Kathy Bishop.

RMCR
08-09-2006, 12:33 AM
Hi, I just came across this forum and read it with great interest. My family was in PNG until 1974. I went to St Joseph's, and lived in Minihi Avenue, Boroko. I remember:

- buying coloured chicks at the show (purple, blue, pink)
- the drive-in... my Dad driving over the humps to get a spot and hooking the speakers onto the side of the car. Making the walk to the snack bar and special attention at birthdays.
- the cinema
- learning to swim at the olympic pool
- going to the riding school with my sisters and watching gymkana.. finding WWII helmets and bullets in the long grass. The family who drove their shetland pony to the club in the back of a mercedes with the seat removed.
- Mum taking us and the houseboy out of town to cut long grass for the horses.
- Dad volunteering to help burn a dead horse that had been speared by the locals.
- Going to (what I think was) the race track in the evening and playing red rover with the other kids, then going inside to watch a movie.
- Being allowed to stay up late to listen to the radio with Mum and Dad if we had a sleep during the day.
- taking a drive into the hills (Segari(?))
- standing on a sea urchin at Ela Beach and finding shells on Shelly Beach
- playing soccer in the St Joseph's under 8s and being thrashed by the kids from the army barricks.
- Mum driving us through riots around Koki Markets and telling us to get down on the floor of the car.
- the one set of traffic lights in town.
- Dad taking us to Parliament house
- Dad returning from overnight fishing trips and sorting the fish on the front lawn with his fellow fishermen.
- returning from Christmas in Brisbane to find out house had been burgled (twice)
- playing marbles in the dusty school playground
... and lots more

Cheers

jhinds57
24-12-2006, 01:11 AM
Wow..funny u should mention playing soccer for St Josephs under 8's..just so happens that I was one of the kids from the army barracks, my father Jim Hampton coached us..and yes I can truly relate to most of the things you have mentioned missing bout Port Moresby..never forget the pontoon out by ela beach RSL..you weren't a real kid unless you swam out and back again..and the undescribable smell on low tide from the village beside Koki market..and I wil never forget those great big smiling faces of the locals...after they have had there share of beetlenut..beautiful red teeth..and the mary's..child breastfeeding on one breast..and a piglet on the other..But we could never forget the soccer grounds we played on back then...it was a good day if there was a little bit off grass on some of the grounds..lol..cheers John Hinds jhinds57@hotmail.com

Spook
10-07-2007, 08:16 PM
Yes I remember the little twin hulled boat(Pontoon) moored off the Ela beach RSL. All the kids used to swim over the seaweed just off shore to get to it. and sit out there for hours. It was always packed with kids. salty plums,Being able to buy fire crackers all year round from the chinese shops in Boroko. The Wards drive in where every one used to sit out the front of their car with an esky on Satuday night. Also the friday night movies at the Murray Barracks Seargent Mess. The Sing Sings at the old show grounds. And does any body remember the stock car races out near the show grounds on the way to wards Strip.

robyn
12-07-2007, 10:57 PM
I grew up in Port Moresby - 1956 to 1968 - great memories. We lived at Ilamo Ave & Minihi Ave Boroko. Attended Boroko East Primary & Port Moresby High. I remember the fog truck that drove up the the circular drive of the primary school & all the kids would run through the white fog. School of the air, broadcast into the school rooms. Salty plums & red ginger. Swimming at Murray Barracks pool & Bomana pool. Being stung by jellyfish at Ela Beach. Judo classes & ballet classes. The drive-in, Boroko picture theatre. The PM Gun Club that my father & brothers were members of. The Red Cross, sunday school & Girls Life Brigade.
Robyn

Spook
13-07-2007, 07:56 PM
Hi Robyn,
I lived there in 1971-72 in Murray Barracks, grade 5-6. My parents were also members of the PM gun club but it seems you left before we got there. Do you remember the Cooks and the MacDonalds. They were all members of the Small Bore club there that my Parents joined when we got there in 71.

robyn
13-07-2007, 10:15 PM
Hi Spook,
I remember the McCartney's, the O'Brien's & the Rudge's from the PM Gun Club - as in the clay target shooting gun club.
Does anyone else remember driving (the whole family) to the native villages in the old jeep & all the children would come out to meet the jeep, asking to "throw penny", into the water & they would dive off wooden stumps & come out of the water with the coins they had retrieved.

Spook
14-07-2007, 01:03 PM
Alas no Robyn, Mum and Dad were only members of the Small Bore club next to the clay target range. But I remember going down into the scrub on the clay target range to collect the unbroken clay discs, when the range wasn't being used. I'll throw those names at the old man the next time I see him, and see if he knows the names. Even though we wern't there at the same time it is still good to talk to someone who has been to the same places I have, brings back so many memories.

robyn
14-07-2007, 09:26 PM
Hi RMCR
It seems that we both lived in the same street in Boroko. Do you remember any of the following names - de Silva, Cox, Erben, Gammon, Brown - all these people lived in Minihi Ave.

meg
15-07-2007, 12:57 AM
Hey Spook, yes I remember the stock car races. A friend drove the tow truck out there so we went quite a lot, remember the petticoat panic? Just reading through all the posts - it brings back so many memories. Made me laugh about the pontoon at Ela Beach, everybody must have memories of that, probably a right of passage. I remember our great expedition to climb Baldy Hill, the day we (a bunch of 12 year olds) decided to row to Local Island and the boat sank on the way back so we had to swim for it, Crystal Rapids, Idler's Bay, camping for weekends on Fisherman's Island, getting chased around the local cemetery at Sirinumu Dam by an old man with a machete (we were horrible kids), swimming in the Laloki up at 17 Mile and lazy afternoons at Aunty Woody's Rouna Hotel. We were so lucky to be in the right place at the right time to be able to grow up so wild and free - although the downside was that I had a helluva time fitting into so-called civilised society when we went finish. Never mind, I'm now at the age that I can be wild and free again and just called eccentric. Meg

Spook
15-07-2007, 01:13 AM
Hi Meg, I lived in Murray Barracks from 1971 to 72, Climbed bald mountain with my friend David. If that mountain is the one behind Murray Barracks, went to fishermans Island a few times, nearly got swept out to sea in a lakatoi that we borrowed from some locals. Went to Idlers bay regularly, played hide and seek in the old war bunkers there. Never got to local island though. don't remember the Petticoat panic but it was a long time ago! But they are good memories.

Spook
17-07-2007, 09:40 PM
Hi Robyn here is a pic of the small bore range right next to the shot gun range, thought you might remember it if you ever went down there. the woman in the pic is my Mother. Taken in 1971.

Spook
17-07-2007, 09:46 PM
And for all those who remember the pontoon off the RSL at ela beach, here is a pic of Ela beach looking back towards the RSL. If you look closely I think you can see the pontoon in the water. Pic taken in either 1971 or 72.

jaycee
19-07-2007, 10:55 PM
yes ,what lasting memories

paul ekman
21-07-2007, 05:03 PM
Just Registered As I Have Been Looking Up Information For My First Return To Png Since 1974. Taking My Kids For A Nostalgic Tour And To Walk Kokoda. Went To St Josephs And Was In Mrs Grahams 5th Grade. Before That I Think It Was A Mrs Healy And Also Remember Sr Antonia. Two Of My Three Younger Brothers Carl & Joe Also Went There. Some Names Of Friends Like Dexter Ning/derek Purdy/milosh Pelican And Two Indonesian Guys Arko And ?indri Spring To Mind. Lived In Murray Barracks And Was A Military Brat. Have Enjoyed Reading Everyones Memories And Stories And Can Relate To Most. Any Useful Current Information Would Be Appreciated. Regards Paul Ekman

Spook
21-07-2007, 10:14 PM
Hi Paul, I was just reading the information on this link. http://www.pngbd.com/forum/t2549s.html It may help you. It's a pitty to think things have gotten this scary, while it was always a bit of a worry to walk around off the base at night, it saddens me to think of how things have changed like this. All things relative though, I wouldn't walk around Fortitude Valley after dark either! I lived in Murray barracks 1971-72. Just across the road from the front gate of the school, in the married quarters on the base.

josophia
31-07-2007, 03:42 PM
I started at port moresby high in 1972 - remember the science teacher with pet snake, the food days when we brought in something to share, the drive in and movies, being incredibly naughty... I would love to hear from anyone in that first year of high school in 1972
jo

meg
01-08-2007, 09:43 PM
Hi Jo,
I started at Moresby High in 1972 as well. I seem to recall your name but am having trouble putting a face to it (senile decay). My name's Megan - I was blonde and dumb. I recall a few first names but not many surnames. I remember Dianne Auchettl, Margaret, Frances and Pamela, Diana and Jenny from Murray Barracks. And I remember 2 science teachers but can't recall whether it was in 1972 or later, one was a little woman that I only remember as 'the mouse' and the other was Mr Stephenson. Aah, my memory is so bad, but there was a teacher who I think taught commerce who lost it one day with David Dwyer who was a cheeky little bugger. Am still in touch with Dianne spasmodically, she is living in Queensland as well.
Megan

jaycee
03-08-2007, 06:32 PM
i remember the puplic pool at ela beach where we spent most saturdays and sundays,the skyline drive in and ofcourse saturday martnee at the papuan thearter

I remember the day Steamies in town got all the flavoured ice creams (I think there was about 20 flavours - it was a magic day for us kids)

I remember the "Show day" near the Uni in around 1968 when the showbags were "Real" sample bags, they actually had samples of matches would you believe !!!

I remember going to the drive-in every weekend - you didnt even care what was on - you just went every week. I remember that at the drive-in on your birthday your name was called out and you got some free lollies - not just a packet, but a drink, potato chips and many packets of lollies. We had a cyclone on my sisters birthday one year and still we went - there was two cars there, and they showed the movie (and she got her free lollies). I also remember when they built the picture theatre at Boroko near the entrance to the drive in. I remember "check your dockets" when you went to the drive in and had dinner there. (It was not the "greasy take aways" you get at drive in's now, but great meals).

I remember the songs of the time - (I always think of Moresby when I hear them)
"Is this the way to Armarillo" - Tony Christie.
"Raindrops keep falling on my head" - Johnny Farnham
"Green green grass of home" - Tom Jones

Lets hear what YOU remember ?

Margaret[/QUOTE]

paul ekman
16-08-2007, 11:43 PM
I REMEMBER CHASING THE "FOGGER" MACHINE AROUND THE STREETS CRASHING INTO EACH OTHER IN THE MIST. SOMETIMES WONDER HOW MUCH DDT WE ABSORBED INTO OUR SYSTEM. AT THE DRIVE IN THE DRINKS WERE 8 CENTS AND WE USED TO HANG AROUND THE MACHINES TO SCAB THE 2c CHANGE AND AFTER THE MOVIE WOULD GO ROUND WITH A SACK COLLECTING BOTTLES FOR A REFUND.
I REMEMBER OLD TARZAN MOVIES AT WARDS THEATRE AND SOME LOCALS WHO HAD NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE BOLTED OUT OVER THE TOP OF THE CHAIRS AT THE SIGHT OF A HERD OF ELEPHANTS ON THE CHARGE.
I CAN REMEMBER THE SMELL OF THE FUEL AT THE SPEEDWAY AND THE SLIDERS AND CARS. SOMEONE GOT BADLY INJURED/KILLED WHEN A CAR OR TYRE WENT INTO THE CROWD ONE NIGHT. FROM MURRAY BARRACKS WE USED TO GET A VARIETY OF TRANSPORT TO SCHOOL EITHER JEEPS ,TRUCKS OR WHAT WE CALLED THE TIN OR SARDINE CAN WHICH WAS A CLOSED IN TRUCK WHICH WAS AS HOT AS HELL. WHEN THE DRIVER TOOK OFF WE USED TO OPEN THE BACK DOOR AND FOLD DOWN THE STEPS AND SIT THERE DANGLING OUR LEGS AS IT DROVE ALONG OR SWING OUT ON THE DOOR.
WE ALSO USED TO BUY FIREWORKS FROM A CHINESE SHOP IN BOROKO ANY TIME OF THE YEAR AND HAVE "WARS" OUT THE BACK SHOOTING SKYROCKETS AT EACH OTHER AND BLOWING THINGS UP.
SANTA USED TO TURN UP IN A HELICOPTER.
THE KING OF THE PLAYGROUND WAS THE ONE WITH THE MOST MARBLES.
I STILL BUY SALTY PLUMS AND GINGER WHEN I CAN FIND IT. USED TO GET THESE TRIANGULAR PLASTIC FROZEN CHOCOLATE MILKS AT THE SCHOOL TUCKSHOP. I ALWAYS REMEMBER ENJOYING THE START BUT BY THE END THE ICE AND CHOCOLATE WAS TERRIBLE. WE HAD SIX MANGO TREES IN OUR YARD AND IT WAS HEAVEN. WOULD GO TO SLEEP HEARING THE FRUIT BATS CHATTER ALL NIGHT.

clats
19-08-2007, 07:07 PM
Hi Spook, The photo of Ela Beach brings back fond memories of Sunday morning beach cricket with the boys from Raniguri Hostel. Also remember the bottom pub was the only place to be on a Saturday morning. Great girl watchers viewing spot from the front bar balcony. They also baked fantastic pies straight out of the oven at about 11-30am. Although I had a few good memories of my early days in Port Moresby - arrived December 1968, because I was housed in Raniguri Hostel (very basic accommodation, hot as hell - no a/c or even fans in them days, not very effective fly wire with mosquitoes as big as wasps, poor food and worse dining times, and being broken into and cleaned out completely 3 times in 5 months) I was counting the days to complete my 21 month contract and get out of there, and back to civilization. Luckily in May 1969 was transferred to Mount Hagen, and fortunately not returning until March 1991, when we got kicked out of Bougainville. Always felt sorry for those people who were unfortunate enough to have spent their whole stay in such a wonderful country solely in Port Moresby. Stayed in POM till July 1992 and sorry to say it had not got any better as a place to live. Still had some great times and left behind some great friends. Must admit now though with bashing and robbing of soft targets, and the road rage we now have in Perth, maybe POM wasn't so bad after all. You don't know what you got until you lose it.

Maz
12-09-2007, 02:07 PM
Many great memories, lots more - dancing to Clockwork Orange (Jack)RIP and the boys, at the 4 mile club, sipping iced chocolate at Pinochios coffe shop in Boroko, the Choulais parties, Leo's truck carting many kids to the drive-in, the list goes on and on, maz

jaycee
14-09-2007, 04:23 PM
yea maz,i do remember the clockwork orange and 4 mile club, favorit watering hole.best time ever,leo choulai,i use to drag race him around town, friday or saturday nights when we got bored, best fish & chips at oyster bar across from
boroko police station,pom high best school ever. made many friends there.

OTE=Maz]Many great memories, lots more - dancing to Clockwork Orange (Jack)RIP and the boys, at the 4 mile club, sipping iced chocolate at Pinochios coffe shop in Boroko, the Choulais parties, Leo's truck carting many kids to the drive-in, the list goes on and on, maz[/QUOTE]

Maz
16-09-2007, 09:56 AM
Hi Jaycee,
There was also the HUN nightclub, very tiny but lots of fun, hanging out at the pool, and getting absolutely fried, (we used baby oil in those days to tan), how dumb was that!!!, knowing what we know now, ah yes and those drag races around town, Leos' truck did many miles, remember them well, did u live in Lae as well as Moresby?

Cheers,
Maz

Glenda
17-09-2007, 02:57 PM
I wondered what other people who lived in Moresby in the late 60's and early 70's remember about it.
MargaretWow, I have goose bumps!
I was in Moresby from 1968 till around 1972, I went to Boroko East Primary and Port Moresby High. I lived at the back of my Dads shop in Tabari Place above Dr Jacobi's surgery. Dad had a business called Hayco electronics and did all the sound systems an stereos.
My best friends were Sharon ?( I can't remember her surname), Jan Keen, Joan Barber and also Marion Latch. I know a heap more will come to me after I post this.
I remember the school dances at Port Moresby High and when ever I hear "looking out my back door", it transports me back to that time.
Grade 4 teacher was Mrs Graham, I think I decided that droping out of school in grade 4 would have been a viable option, she certainly left an impression on me.
Mrs Bridges in Grade 5 was fantastic.
We went to Koitaki on Weekends Dad was president there and my parents were at the 4 mile club every night. Movies at the four mile on, I think it was Thursday nights.
I was really into horses so Koitaki was great for that, I didn't have my own horse but people were kind enough to let me borrow theirs.
I remember the Saturday matinees in Boroko pictures, Pinocchio's cafe was a cool place to hang out. Loved salty plumbs, still do.
The show was always great fun and so cheap arm loads of show bags that were really real. Shopping at steamies and BP.
Listening to the radio the argonauts and the latest music was on at about 5pm.
Hanging out at the pool was always fun, the lady who ran the shop was always nice.
Going to the swap shop with my magazines and books once a week. I loved reading.
There are so many memories, and I don't think I ever fitted back into Australia, I was sent to school in Melbourne. I am in Queensland now about an hour from Brisbane which fits me much better.
I can' wait to hear what more people have to say on this forum!
My surname was then Hayward.

jaycee
17-09-2007, 08:00 PM
hi glenda, i could have seen you at the 4 mile club, i know joan barber, went to the same primary school at korobosea, joan lived at korobosae on dorren street, i think sharon boyce is your other friend. saw her and joan together alot . where you in form 1 in 1970? marion latch rings a bell i think she was in some of my classes at pom high, from 1970 to form 4, bruce spark was a friend of mine ,claimed to have seen a ufo one night in boroko while been drunk, i dont if that rings a bell 1974 .Wow, I have goose bumps!
I was in Moresby from 1968 till around 1972, I went to Boroko East Primary and Port Moresby High. I lived at the back of my Dads shop in Tabari Place above Dr Jacobi's surgery. Dad had a business called Hayco electronics and did all the sound systems an stereos.
My best friends were Sharon ?( I can't remember her surname), Jan Keen, Joan Barber and also Marion Latch. I know a heap more will come to me after I post this.
I remember the school dances at Port Moresby High and when ever I hear "looking out my back door", it transports me back to that time.
Grade 4 teacher was Mrs Graham, I think I decided that droping out of school in grade 4 would have been a viable option, she certainly left an impression on me.
Mrs Bridges in Grade 5 was fantastic.
We went to Koitaki on Weekends Dad was president there and my parents were at the 4 mile club every night. Movies at the four mile on, I think it was Thursday nights.
I was really into horses so Koitaki was great for that, I didn't have my own horse but people were kind enough to let me borrow theirs.
I remember the Saturday matinees in Boroko pictures, Pinocchio's cafe was a cool place to hang out. Loved salty plumbs, still do.
The show was always great fun and so cheap arm loads of show bags that were really real. Shopping at steamies and BP.
Listening to the radio the argonauts and the latest music was on at about 5pm.
Hanging out at the pool was always fun, the lady who ran the shop was always nice.
Going to the swap shop with my magazines and books once a week. I loved reading.
There are so many memories, and I don't think I ever fitted back into Australia, I was sent to school in Melbourne. I am in Queensland now about an hour from Brisbane which fits me much better.
I can' wait to hear what more people have to say on this forum!
My surname was then Hayward.

jaycee
17-09-2007, 08:20 PM
maz, i recall the hun,i never lived in lae but was there at the tech collage for few weeks.peter fong and robert chee use to to play at the tabu at badili , have ever been to the cryistal rapids at rouna for a swim? what else do you remember about port moresby QUOTE=Maz]Hi Jaycee,There was also the HUN nightclub, very tiny but lots of fun, hanging out at the pool, and getting absolutely fried, (we used baby oil in those days to tan), how dumb was that!!!, knowing what we know now, ah yes and those drag races around town, Leos' truck did many miles, remember them well, did u live in Lae as well as Moresby?

Cheers,
Maz[/QUOTE]

Glenda
18-09-2007, 01:29 PM
hi glenda, i could have seen you at the 4 mile club, i know joan barber, went to the same primary school at korobosea, joan lived at korobosae on dorren street, i think sharon boyce is your other friend. saw her and joan together alot . where you in form 1 in 1970? marion latch rings a bell i think she was in some of my classes at pom high, from 1970 to form 4, bruce spark was a friend of mine ,claimed to have seen a ufo one night in boroko while been drunk, i dont if that rings a bell 1974 .Hi Jaycee,
Yes it was Sharon Boyce, when I went down south to school we lost touch and I will be forever sad about that. I stayed at Joans a lot, her Mum was the dressmaker at Lexie's dress shop, it had all the really cool stuff.
My Dad used to do the movies at the 4 mile. The name Bruce Spark really rings a bell, and I wish I could remember but it will come to me though, lots of stuff is coming back reading this forum. I left in 72 to go to south to school.
Do you remember Anne Mulcay? I met up with her Brother on a bus one day and it turned out that she lived around the corner from me. We stayed in touch till we were in out mid 20's. Her Sister Kim was older and well known at POM.
Do you remember a boy we used to call titch, everyone really liked him. I can remember him getting really drunk at one of the school dances and we were all trying to sober him up.
I'm pretty sure I was in form 1 in 1970. I can remember that year one of the girls commited suicide, that had a huge impact on the whole school.
Form one math teacher used to comb his hair a lot and I did get kicked out of his class a couple of times because I had a pretty bad attitude at times.
I remember one of the boys in form 1, his Mother died and I often thought how dificult that must have been for him.
Mrs Herd was the home ec teacher, I really enjoyed that class. There was also a new teacher who drove a pale blue ford capri, can't remember what he taught though.
I can remember a boy called Uki who was often at the 4 mile, he had a dragster bike.
Do you remember the fish and chips at the place out on the road to the drive in, the guy who owned it drove a green sports car.
There are so many memories, and I wish I had some school photos so I could place people.
cheers, Glenda

Maz
18-09-2007, 01:53 PM
Jaycee, thought you may have lived in Lae as I recall Deb Hastings mentioning you (she is now here in Brisbane). I was trying to think of the name of that place where Robert Chee used to play, of course, the TABU, went there quite a few times, remember Willy Love, Robert Chee, Jack Clunne playing at the Chinese Club also, mainly on school holidays when all the kids were up from DOWN SOUTH. Recently went to a Lae and Morobe Province reunion held here in Brisbane, it was HUGE, lots of old faces from Lae High, instead of snacks being put on the tables, there they were as large as life, SALTY PLUMS AND dried ginger, had a good laugh at that one. Do you remember Terry Saleh from Moresby? Cheers, Maz

margaretdb
18-09-2007, 08:02 PM
Glenda - you have brought back some memories for me

Dr jacobi's Surgery - mmm, I remember that

Koitaki.... We lived in Sogeri for a year or so (my Dad was in charge of the polcie station in Sogeri for a year or so)

Here are a few photos of the Koitaki Country Club (One is with our friends Jo and Mandy in the pool at Koitaki Country club, 2 of the others are the ladies and gentlement of the Sogeri Lions Clb when they raised the money to buy an ambulance for Sogeri)

I remember the Saturday matinees in Boroko pictures, Pinocchio's cafe was a cool place to hang out. Loved salty plumbs, still do.
The show was always great fun and so cheap arm loads of show bags that were really real. Shopping at steamies and BP. (I rememberall of these)

Going to the swap shop with my magazines and books once a week. I loved reading. (I was just telling someone about this the other day. I was a fan of "June and School friends" picture novels)

meg
18-09-2007, 08:30 PM
Hey Glenda,
you must have been a couple of years ahead of me, I remember Dr Jacobi's - you would have been really central living there. You brought back some memories though about the the suicide. If my memory is correct, it was one of the Bostock girls. She was older than me, but I knew them, not very well, through other people. It was the first time I'd heard of anyone killing themselves and it really made an impression - still sad after all these years.
Did Bruce Sparks have a younger brother - this is a laugh, but my first kiss was at a party at the Hardacres near Coronation Primary A while playing spin the bottle and it was from a boy called Sparks but I can't remember his first name - obviously left an impression. I live down south of Brisbane now and I go to Sunnybank regularly to buy my salty plums and red ginger. Was it you who was talking about someone seeing a UFO while drunk? A friend of mine at primary and high school has an older brother who did all his schooling in Moresby and he is now something of ane expert in UFO stuff, John Auchettl. It's good to talk about the old stuff, I still miss it and Moresby.
Megan

Glenda
18-09-2007, 10:27 PM
Glenda - you have brought back some memories for me

Here are a few photos of the Koitaki Country Club (One is with our friends Jo and Mandy in the pool at Koitaki Country club, 2 of the others are the ladies and gentlement of the Sogeri Lions Clb when they raised the money to buy an ambulance for Sogeri)


Hi Margaret,
These photos did bring back memories, the lady in the centre is Dot Bell, her husband is Colin. I know the other ladies but can't remember names. The man sitting at the front edge of the truck pic is Alec or Mac, we used to stay with him sometimes. And I must know you too, I am sure I know the faces, what were your parent's names? The name Mulhern was mentioned to me by Alan Stucky who was also in the police service up there.
I have just spoken to both Alan and Annette Stucky, I actually went to their wedding when I was about 13. They live in NSW now
Thanks so much for posting these pictures!

I only have a couple of pictures, one in a gymkhana at Koitaki and one when I went to see Little Patty at the four mile club, Tony Hearn and his wife Sally were there too. I will dig them out and scan them in.
I remember Butch Lukin breaking his arm (I think it was an arm) when he was drunk and went to dive into the pool, but actually dived into the kids pool.
Do you rememeber them playing Polo cross at Koitaki, Freddy Klekham was really into it and is now in Fiji, he is still involved in Polo in Fiji, or was a few years back.

I used to read Princess Tina magazines and remember writing to them in the UK to become a member.

I am so excited about finding this forum!

Glenda
18-09-2007, 10:43 PM
Hey Glenda,
you must have been a couple of years ahead of me, I remember Dr Jacobi's - you would have been really central living there. You brought back some memories though about the the suicide. If my memory is correct, it was one of the Bostock girls. She was older than me, but I knew them, not very well, through other people. It was the first time I'd heard of anyone killing themselves and it really made an impression - still sad after all these years.
Did Bruce Sparks have a younger brother - this is a laugh, but my first kiss was at a party at the Hardacres near Coronation Primary A while playing spin the bottle and it was from a boy called Sparks but I can't remember his first name - obviously left an impression. I live down south of Brisbane now and I go to Sunnybank regularly to buy my salty plums and red ginger. Was it you who was talking about someone seeing a UFO while drunk? A friend of mine at primary and high school has an older brother who did all his schooling in Moresby and he is now something of ane expert in UFO stuff, John Auchettl. It's good to talk about the old stuff, I still miss it and Moresby.
MeganHi Meg,
You are right it was one of the Bostock girls, very sad.
Jaycee mentioned Bruce Sparks, and I do know the name but I just can't place him.
I don't rememebr the name John Auchettl, but I seem to hacve forgotton many names.
I can also remember my first kiss being at a party with spin the bottle, it was so very daring back then!
When I go into Brisbane I buy salty plums, usually at China town, it's certainly an aquired taste, most people think I am nuts to like them.

It was very central living in Tabari Place, but not really a great life style as a kid, there was no where to play, one day Jan Keen came over and left her bike at the bottom of the stairs leaning up against Dr Jacobie's surgery the Bike well and truly had gone when we came down stairs.

There seems to be a lot of us in Brisbane, I did go to a reunion in Melbourne in the late 70's but there wasn't a lot there. I am in the Upper Brisbane Valley which is about 90 minutes from Brisbane. My husband was asking me if I wanted to have a holiday in Moresby and I am now thinking about it, it would be great to see what it is like now.

It's great to talk to people who had the same experiences, it was certainly a different lifestyle.

meg
19-09-2007, 09:13 PM
Hey Glenda,
not sure about John but the other Auchettl kids went to Coronation Primary A. I remember John played drums in a band called the 'something Custards' so to a 12-13 year old he was pretty cool. Couple of good friends went to Boroko East though, Debbie Brooks was probably in your year and Melody Musicka would have been in the year after you. Was the swap shop that you went to the one at Taurama? My mum and I actually met up with the lady who used to run that shop around the end of the '70's in Sydney. There does seem to be a lot of expats in Brisbane. A friend went to a reunion up here probably about 10 or more years ago now and she said there were heaps of people there - maybe we're all gravitating back slowly. I would love to go back, I'm just afraid I'll be disappointed though, but I think I'll do it one just for the hell of it. I never fitted back in well either, but I'm kind of cool about being different now - just pass it off as eccentricity now I'm hitting the big half century soon.
Cheers,
Megan
PS. Remembered the band's name - it was the 'Copper Custards'

margaretdb
19-09-2007, 09:32 PM
Is anyone interested in starting a private yahoo or google group so that we can all share our photos or memories of Moresby ?

I am happy to do set it up.

It would just be a place to swap stories, save photos so we can share them and bring each other up to speed on what memories we have of people.

We could call the site "ellabeach" or "4mile" or "boroko" or anything that brings back a memory.

Let me know what everyone thinks of the idea.

Margaret

meg
19-09-2007, 09:33 PM
I really have to go through all of my Dad's photo's. He was a mad photographer and I've got boxes of slides and photos. Dad passed away late last year, but he worked for TAA and then Air Niugini so most of the photos and stuff relate to TAA or other airline or DCA staff. Did anyone else go to the TAA Mess at Gordons? My Mum and Dad were both in the darts team and Mum was the Ladies Darts Champion of Moresby in 1972 - whoo! what a claim to fame.
Megan

meg
19-09-2007, 09:34 PM
Hey Margaret,
I think it's a great idea - will give me incentive to hunt out the photos and slides
Megan

jaycee
19-09-2007, 10:10 PM
i do remember ann and kim mulcay , ann was in some of my class ,bruce spark use to go out with kim back then .they were there till end of form 4.cant recall titch nor uki. mrs griffith was my scicence teacher and she had a phyton in the scicence lab.i m sitting here trying to write this and can see all this faces but cant put names ,how frustrating is that . ithink i know who you are. do you know royan he was the shortest boy in class,we where in the same english. mrs davis was our english teacher. she had anervous break down,poor thing she couldnt handle the stress.do you know gary. cant remember his name, yes its all comming back to me now. joan. sharon and glenda .cheers Yes it was Sharon Boyce, when I went down south to school we lost touch and I will be forever sad about that. I stayed at Joans a lot, her Mum was the dressmaker at Lexie's dress shop, it had all the really cool stuff.
My Dad used to do the movies at the 4 mile. The name Bruce Spark really rings a bell, and I wish I could remember but it will come to me though, lots of stuff is coming back reading this forum. I left in 72 to go to south to school.
Do you remember Anne Mulcay? I met up with her Brother on a bus one day and it turned out that she lived around the corner from me. We stayed in touch till we were in out mid 20's. Her Sister Kim was older and well known at POM.
Do you remember a boy we used to call titch, everyone really liked him. I can remember him getting really drunk at one of the school dances and we were all trying to sober him up.
I'm pretty sure I was in form 1 in 1970. I can remember that year one of the girls commited suicide, that had a huge impact on the whole school.
Form one math teacher used to comb his hair a lot and I did get kicked out of his class a couple of times because I had a pretty bad attitude at times.
I remember one of the boys in form 1, his Mother died and I often thought how dificult that must have been for him.
Mrs Herd was the home ec teacher, I really enjoyed that class. There was also a new teacher who drove a pale blue ford capri, can't remember what he taught though.
I can remember a boy called Uki who was often at the 4 mile, he had a dragster bike.
Do you remember the fish and chips at the place out on the road to the drive in, the guy who owned it drove a green sports car.
There are so many memories, and I wish I had some school photos so I could place people.
cheers, Glenda[/QUOTE]

Glenda
20-09-2007, 11:01 AM
Is anyone interested in starting a private yahoo or google group so that we can all share our photos or memories of Moresby ?

I am happy to do set it up.

It would just be a place to swap stories, save photos so we can share them and bring each other up to speed on what memories we have of people.

We could call the site "ellabeach" or "4mile" or "boroko" or anything that brings back a memory.

Let me know what everyone thinks of the idea.

MargaretHi Margaret,

I am just glad that you started this thread on this forum! As there were so many different threads that didn't relate at all and you were the only one who put into words what we were all looking for.
It's a great idea but a yahoo private group wouldn't leave it open for new people to join in and I am really hoping that more people will add their info.
But in saying that I really haven't had a lot of experience recently with the yahoo type groups.
Perhaps an open forum, like this one. That way it still has the same format and people can join in easily, it can also be moderated. The software for these is free and easily set up.

Glenda
20-09-2007, 11:15 AM
Hey Glenda,
not sure about John but the other Auchettl kids went to Coronation Primary A. I remember John played drums in a band called the 'something Custards' so to a 12-13 year old he was pretty cool. Couple of good friends went to Boroko East though, Debbie Brooks was probably in your year and Melody Musicka would have been in the year after you. Was the swap shop that you went to the one at Taurama? My mum and I actually met up with the lady who used to run that shop around the end of the '70's in Sydney. There does seem to be a lot of expats in Brisbane. A friend went to a reunion up here probably about 10 or more years ago now and she said there were heaps of people there - maybe we're all gravitating back slowly. I would love to go back, I'm just afraid I'll be disappointed though, but I think I'll do it one just for the hell of it. I never fitted back in well either, but I'm kind of cool about being different now - just pass it off as eccentricity now I'm hitting the big half century soon.
Cheers,
Megan
PS. Remembered the band's name - it was the 'Copper Custards'Hi Megan
I remember Melody, she would come home with me after school quite often. I remember the name Debbie Brooks but can't see the face.
The swap shop was at Taurama I can remember the faces of the people who ran it but can't think of the names.

I can't remember any of the bands names, I can remember the ones who played at the school dances but not their names.

Many of the people that I have met who have come back south from PNG say that they don't quite fit in. I think we had such a different life, a life of relative freedom which is so far removed from the then constraints of suburban life. Our lives were something that unless you have lived it you could never understand. My older sister stayed in Australia and came up for holidays, she could not understand how anyone could live in such a horrible place. She couldn't see the beauty of it all. I can't live in the suburbs as I just don't fit.

Glenda
20-09-2007, 11:28 AM
i do remember ann and kim mulcay , ann was in some of my class ,bruce spark use to go out with kim back then .they were there till end of form 4.cant recall titch nor uki. mrs griffith was my scicence teacher and she had a phyton in the scicence lab.i m sitting here trying to write this and can see all this faces but cant put names ,how frustrating is that . ithink i know who you are. do you know royan he was the shortest boy in class,we where in the same english. mrs davis was our english teacher. she had anervous break down,poor thing she couldnt handle the stress.do you know gary. cant remember his name, yes its all comming back to me now. joan. sharon and glenda .cheers

Hi Jaycee,
I am pretty sure it was Royan (or was it ryan) that we used to call titch
Mrs Griffith used to have her hair pulled up in a bun and I think she had a visable birth mark on her face that she used to cover with heavy makeup.
I remember the snake got out of it's tank and was in the iron breams accross the ceiling.
Poor Mrs Davis she hit me over the head with a dictionary and it wasn't long after that that she had her nervous break down. I can remember a few of us tying one of those fire crackers to the leg of her table from the leg of her chair and when she pulled it back it went bang, not a big bang, but enough to make us all be in fits of laughter. No wonder the poor woman lost the plot.

Mrs Marr taught us Italian, she was lovely. Was it Mr Macallum that was the head master?
I do remember a boy called Gary, but can't remember anything else or a face.
I remember the plastic bags of frozen milk, yum, I loved them.
It is such a long time ago now and it is hard to remember things, but I am having a lot of memories come back.

meg
20-09-2007, 01:19 PM
Hey Glenda,
I'm still in touch with Melody, she's up here in Qld too but the last time I spoke to her she wasn't on the internet. Don't know if you're interested, but I could give her a ring if you wanted to catch up with her.
Megan

Glenda
20-09-2007, 01:45 PM
took photos down

paul ekman
21-09-2007, 01:51 PM
hello glenda,margaret and others. loved the photoes. i was a bit younger (mrs grahams yr 5 in 1974) so have not so many social memories or memories of friends as we left after that. i remember the koitaki pool but not as clean as in your pictures. it seemed like green soup the few times we went there.i am going back for the first time in 4 weeks and taking my family for 3 weeks so should be good to see the place again. its been great to read this forum since i found it while doing some research in preparation. i also cant get my wife or kids to like ginger or salty plums and i always have a supply and have some occasionally-even have ginger in my laptop bag at work.
cheers.

margaretdb
21-09-2007, 07:41 PM
Paul - you are so right about the pool. I swear it didnt have a bottom it was so green.

It would be great if you could post a few pictures here when you get back so we can all see how PNG looks now.

margaretdb
21-09-2007, 07:44 PM
Glenda - did Tony Hern ride a horse ?

I think I may remember him from the KCC.

Glenda
21-09-2007, 08:15 PM
hello glenda,margaret and others. loved the photoes. i was a bit younger (mrs grahams yr 5 in 1974) i remember the koitaki pool but not as clean as in your pictures. it seemed like green soup the few times we went there.Hi Paul,
I actually think that there may have been 2 Mrs Grahams, or that she transferred from Boroko East to St Josephs.
I remember everyone stripping the paint off the pool at Koitaki and repainting it, it was a very big job. Does anyone remember Kahgi (not sure how you spell his name) at Koitaki?

Paul I really would love to know what your trip was like as my husband is sugesting a trip but I am a little apprehensive. I think we will all be eagerly awaiting your verdict and to see some pics!

Have a great trip,
Glenda

Glenda
21-09-2007, 08:19 PM
Glenda - did Tony Hern ride a horse ?

I think I may remember him from the KCC.Hi Margaret,
He sure did, he played polo. I had such a huge crush on him when I was about 12 or 13, I used to go all googly when he was around.
He married Sally who was a nurse, she was full of life.

Cheers,
Glenda

paul ekman
21-09-2007, 08:19 PM
hello margaret. i plan to check a few places out and hoping to get a photo of spooks old place for him. turns out we occupied houses only a stones throw from each other but possibly at different times as i was there 65-68 and again 72-75. we will be in moresby for the first 4 days then the last 2 days of our three week trip. you may prefer to keep this forum as memories journal but i am happy to attempt to update anyones curiosity and i have a long list of old haunts i will try and visit.
cheers

paul ekman
21-09-2007, 08:34 PM
hello glenda. im not sure if she was the same teacher that left such an impression on you but she was a thin,tanned lady probably in her fifities. she used to have her hair in a bit of a wispy beehive/bun and was a bit scary but not as scary as some of those nuns. ill let you know how it goes as i have always wanted to return but circumstances such as work/kids/life etc have prevented it until now. i also had hesitations about corrupting my childhood memories with an adult perspective if you know what i mean.
cheers

Glenda
22-09-2007, 12:39 PM
hello glenda. im not sure if she was the same teacher that left such an impression on you but she was a thin,tanned lady probably in her fifities. she used to have her hair in a bit of a wispy beehive/bun and was a bit scary but not as scary as some of those nuns. ill let you know how it goes as i have always wanted to return but circumstances such as work/kids/life etc have prevented it until now. i also had hesitations about corrupting my childhood memories with an adult perspective if you know what i mean.
cheersHi paul,
Mrs Graham was about 50 (I think) but quite tall with black hair that was piled up into a bun I would imagine she was quite thin (I was very thin so most people never looked thin to me) and did have a tan. It is really had to describe a teacher as it always comes from a childs perspective and they all seemed tall and big.
I was reading one of the threads on this forum that said Boroko is a no go zone, a far difference from what it was like for me living in Tabari Place everyone shopped in Boroko and it was quite a social hub. There were often riots on a Saturday night, but on Most Saturday nights I was at Koitaki so it didn't really have a great impact. So probably for me if I go I really want to see Boroko, Koitaki, Rouna Falls/ Woodie's pub, my schools and to find out what happend to the 4 mile club, Koki markets. I found the thread about the drive in, it was facinating to see the website. For those who haven't seen it
http://members.optusnet.com.au/~p.berrett/drivein/png.html (http://members.optusnet.com.au/%7Ep.berrett/drivein/png.html)

I do so hope you come back with a positive feeling that enhances your childhood memories. And your children have an understanding of what your childhood was like. I would like to take some of my kids if I go too, but they may not be as eager as me.

Cheers,
Glenda

jaycee
24-09-2007, 10:02 PM
glenda is that geoff snowdon with u in the photo

Glenda
25-09-2007, 12:43 AM
glenda is that geoff snowdon with u in the photoI can't remember, I think he was a friend of my brothers. I think he was about 17 or 18 I think, I just can't remember that much about him.
My brothers name is Ian, he used to drive an MG around and he had quite a few friends up there.

robyn
25-09-2007, 11:31 PM
hi all, I remember a Jacobi (female) at PMHS, a year or two above me. We went finish in late 1968. I remember the Saturday matinee at Boroko pictures and of course salty plums & red ginger - never did like red ginger much. The phone-in to the radio station to request that special song on Sunday (I think) nights. Lexie's dress shop rings a bell. The swap shop near Boroko East. I was in the same class at PMHS as Kim Mulchay - Form 2, as it was called at the time. Someone mentioned Debbie Brooks - not sure if he is related, but I was in grade 6 with Norman Brooks at Boroko East. Like so many of you are saying, great memories & there is a feeling of not quite fitting into the Aussie society.
Robyn

Titan Ice
26-09-2007, 03:02 PM
Hi Robyn
I went to PMHS with a Norman Brooks from 1969 Form 2 to 1971 Form 4. He use to live out at 17 Mile. After I left POM I went to Lae then onto Madang. I met him in Madang when he worked for Wards Air Cargo. Norman was friends with 2 Ians', one a McIntosh and the other was a Wilkinson.

meg
26-09-2007, 08:20 PM
Hi guys,
yes, that Norman is Debbie's brother. The family lived out at 17 Mile as Titan said. You had to go over a low level crossing of the Laloki to get to the house and we used to bath in the river when we stayed there, because the water connection to the house was broken. We thought it was brilliant as kids. Norm was a bit older than me and I remember him being really kind to us kids - had a bit of a crush on him - poor Norm. I heard a few years after we went finish that he was up around Townsville somewhere, but that was a long time ago. Debbie is somewhere in Brisbane apparently, but I haven't seen her for years.
Megan

robyn
27-09-2007, 11:51 PM
I do remember two Ian's. Has anyone heard of a book called "Territory Kids"? The input in this book was by residents of PM, memories, photos etc., much of which was before my time, or I was too young to remember, but interesting to read. Does anyone remember the Minnis twins - Stuart & Jim?
Robyn

Glenda
28-09-2007, 11:35 AM
Hi Robyn,
You are a little older than me, but we probably share many similar memories, I think I was in form 1 in 1970.
I am fascinated by the book "Territory Kids", I have just read the forward and now have to buy it.
I found this link for those who would like to buy it.
http://www.seaviewpress.com.au/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=455


I don't remember the Minnis twins. If you were in the same form as KIm Mulcahy, do you also remember her brother Shane? And the Keens, Jan was in my class and I can remember she had a brother who was into surfing. For the life of me I can't remember his name.

I am also interested if anyone knows if there was a bowling club next to or near or part of the RSL on Ela beach. I can remember going to the RSL but I also seem to have a memory of a bowling club with lots of photos of past presidents or something like that around the wall.
Thoughts of PNG have brought on a rush of memories lately.

Titan Ice
28-09-2007, 12:32 PM
Hi Robyn

Yes, I remember the twins, I was at POMHS when they came. I was pre warned about them. I hung around with Jim I think. One evening we walked from 3 Mile Hill were I use to live to a dance at the Golf Club. Couldn't walk that now.
I been looking at Google Earth and checking out Port Moresby. Some of the areas I still can recognise there has been so many changes.

Maz
28-09-2007, 05:57 PM
Hi,

Jan Keen has a brother Garry Keene, blonde, now living in Townsville and another brother, who lives in Cairns, and yes there was a bowls club, near the beach my parents were bowlers and played there often, maz

Glenda
29-09-2007, 11:58 AM
Hi,

Jan Keen has a brother Garry Keene, blonde, now living in Townsville and another brother, who lives in Cairns, and yes there was a bowls club, near the beach my parents were bowlers and played there often, mazHi Maz,
Thanks so much for that. Jan was a really good friend and I can remember both brothers, now that you mentioned there were two. You haven't by any chance heard what Jan has been up to?
I am also really glad that I wasn't imagining the bowling club!
The memories are a little faded and sometimes when one comes back I wonder if it was real or am I confusing it with something else.
thanks, Glenda

Maz
01-10-2007, 10:05 AM
Hi Glenda,

Just remembered the other Keene brother is John, (living in Cairns), no idea what Jan is up to, know Garry really well, shared a house with him and a few others years ago in Townsville, then I returned to Townsville, 1986, caught up with Garry again, also in Townsville is Chris and John Andrews, good friends of Garrys, did you know them, and Paul Coman, Garry New (all ex DCA employees), can find out from Garry what Jan is up to and let you know. Cheers Maz

Glenda
01-10-2007, 08:43 PM
Hi Maz,
Thank you so much Maz!! I remember Jan's brothers as John and Gary but they were older than Jan and I. I remember they were both very good looking, blond and cool.

I would really love to find out what Jan is doing now and would really love to get in touch with her.

I was really only a kid, Jan's Dad used to go to the....... what I thought was the aero club (but probably was the aviat) and I would go with them sometimes, Jan's Mum had had a stroke. But mostly Garry and John were doing their own thing.

It's funny what I can remember, like their house and Jan's bike getting stolen from my place, her Dad getting a new Holden Brougham, we were good friends but I can't remember what happened, if she went south before me to school.
Thanks,
Glenda

Maz
02-10-2007, 08:04 PM
Hi Glenda,

Jans dad (also John) passed about about 2 yrs, I used to clean his house in Townsville, as he got on in age, he was very much into building model trains, and had an amazing collection. Garry is a panel-beater/spray painter in Townsville, never married never had kids, John (i think) has a few kids, will see if I can get onto Garry and find out where Jan is for you.

Cheers Maz

Glenda
02-10-2007, 10:54 PM
Hi Glenda,

Jans dad (also John) passed about about 2 yrs, I used to clean his house in Townsville, as he got on in age, he was very much into building model trains, and had an amazing collection. Garry is a panel-beater/spray painter in Townsville, never married never had kids, John (i think) has a few kids, will see if I can get onto Garry and find out where Jan is for you.

Cheers MazHi Maz,

This is so amazing, I have often thought of Jan and her family over the years.
And you know them well, just shows that it is wonderful to have access to a forum such as this. I am certainly happy that you have stayed in touch with the family after POM.
I will await the news!

I am sorry to hear that John Keen Died, I would imagine that he would have been a fair age. I remember him as rather dapper.
I also found out that Lexie Burns who had the dress shop at Turrama (not sure on the spelling) was living at Bribie Island, she also passed away recently.

Thanks,
Glenda

meg
04-10-2007, 12:16 AM
Hi all,
Bribie must have been a popular spot with ex-pats. Aunty Woody from Rouna Pub retired there as well but she passed away in the late 70's if my memory is correct. She was a tough old chook. I have been thinking of returning for a while now, but I'm so afraid o fit spoiling the memoriesl Someone on one of these forums was going for a visit so I'm waiting with bated breath to see what they think. My other option is to keep putting in for jobs at Cooktown - at least it's close to home.

robyn
04-10-2007, 10:57 PM
Hi Glenda
I used to work for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning at Lexie Burns dress shop when I was 14. I think our neighbour (Margaret Erben) organised it for me. Did you get a copy of Territory Kids yet? If so, the Minnis twins' sister is mentioned in the book. I think they left Moresby after grade six. I remember when we were in grade 6 their dad lost his arm in a car accident at Ela Beach. A while back someone mentioned Mrs Herd - Home Ec teacher - I was in her class too. One of her daughters was in my class - Susan. Yes, I do remember Kim Mulchay's brother.

Maz
05-10-2007, 11:14 AM
Hi Robyn,

You mentioned Margaret Erben, was that Nicki Erbens' mum? Remember the dress shop, used to shop there myself.

Cheers,
Maz

nurney_2000
05-10-2007, 11:32 PM
Does any one remember Johnny Rosser......a rubber planter,,,

robyn
05-10-2007, 11:37 PM
Hi Maz
Yes it is Nicki & Helen Erben. Last I heard Nicki married an English man & was living over there. Helen lived in the UK for a few years, but came back to Brisbane. Margaret Erben was living at Rochedale last time I spoke to her - a few years ago now.

Glenda
06-10-2007, 11:33 AM
Does any one remember Johnny Rosser......a rubber planter,,,I read this and instantly answered, but I remember Tommy Rosser, maybe his younger brother was Johnny, can't really remember.

As for Tommy, Tommy came to visit my parents when they were visiting me in Brisbane about 22 years ago and he had been on Perfect Match!

When we were at Kotaki he was a frequent visitor there. My family knew him well and his little bother used to stay with him when he was home from school.

He would be about 57 now. His little brother would be about 50 I think.

Last I heard of Tommy, he was going to open a bush safari business in north Qld taking people on tours.

Glenda
06-10-2007, 11:38 AM
Hi all,
Bribie must have been a popular spot with ex-pats. Aunty Woody from Rouna Pub retired there as well but she passed away in the late 70's if my memory is correct. She was a tough old chook. I have been thinking of returning for a while now, but I'm so afraid o fit spoiling the memoriesl Someone on one of these forums was going for a visit so I'm waiting with bated breath to see what they think. My other option is to keep putting in for jobs at Cooktown - at least it's close to home.Hi Meg,
I have really fond memories of visiting Rouna pub and Woody. I loved the animals, at one stage she had a baby croc, but he grew up pretty quick.
On my parents 25th aniverary, we stayed there during the week and and Woody put on a wonderful night for them. I so remember having one of the motel rooms as my very own that night.
We would always call in for lunch on the way to Koitaki.
I wish she would have written a book, what amazing tales she could have told!
Cheers,
Glenda

Glenda
06-10-2007, 11:46 AM
Hi Glenda
I used to work for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning at Lexie Burns dress shop when I was 14. I think our neighbour (Margaret Erben) organised it for me. Did you get a copy of Territory Kids yet? If so, the Minnis twins' sister is mentioned in the book. I think they left Moresby after grade six. I remember when we were in grade 6 their dad lost his arm in a car accident at Ela Beach. A while back someone mentioned Mrs Herd - Home Ec teacher - I was in her class too. One of her daughters was in my class - Susan. Yes, I do remember Kim Mulchay's brother.Hi Robyn,
Lexie had the coolest shop in town, my dad put in a sound system for her. Joan Barbers Mum used to do the sewing for Lexie.
I haven't purchased the book yet, have to budget for it. I really can't remember the name 'Minnis'. But I seem to have forgotten many names.
I remember Sue herd, I always thought she was quite tough, but then again a lot of the kids in higher grades than me seemed tough.
We need more pic's posted on here, the more photos the more it will jog some memories. I don't have any more pics.
Do you remember the icy pole bikes that used to get arouind, Bill Leahy (not sure on the spelling) used to own them.

Cheers,
Glenda

nurney_2000
09-10-2007, 07:25 PM
Johnny worked in the sogeri area...i was there 1975/76....in the high school...often went to kCC...any further info welcome...
paud

nurney_2000
09-10-2007, 07:28 PM
When you mention the rouna pub are you referring to the hotel...i remember rob and Dawn Mc Gregor

margaretdb
10-10-2007, 07:49 PM
When you mention the rouna pub are you referring to the hotel...i remember rob and Dawn Mc GregorMy parents were members of the Sogeri Lions Club and the Lions Club used to run raffles there at weekends to raise money to buy the ambulance for Sogeri.

Woody used to have dancing competitions there at the weekends and the kids loved the. That was the first time I heard the song "Running Bear...."

Was Dawn Rob's daughter ? Did she have long brown hair ?

margaretdb
10-10-2007, 09:05 PM
These are a bit old - they date back to 1968 - 1970.

margaretdb
10-10-2007, 09:08 PM
Here are a few more from 1968 - 1970

Glenda
11-10-2007, 12:41 AM
Hi Nurney_2000

I had left prior to 1975 and I can only rememeber Woody running the Rouna Hotel.
I really am not sure about Johnny Rosser only Tommy Rosser (who was a rubber man) was still going to KCC.
My family was very involved in KCC, I left to go south to school in 1972. My parents would have left about the time you were there. Dad (Des Hayward) was president of KCC for a few years.
We used to stay there on weekends in one of the donga's down the back.
I'm sorry I can't help you with any information on Johnny.

Cheers,
Glenda

Glenda
11-10-2007, 12:43 AM
MY brother has been sending through various images, things I have long forgotten, such as stock car racing behind Jacksons. He and his friend built a wonderful little red car.
He thought that they stopped the cars after someone was killed, but I did hear mention that the stock cars kept going for quite a while.

paul ekman
18-11-2007, 10:39 PM
well- 1 week back after 3 weeks in png. first time back since 1974. moresby - lots of big shiny buildings and also lots of poverty and expanded settlements & plastic rubbish. ela beach was filthy. the papuan hotel and theatre are a vacant block probably waiting for a bank/insurance or mining company building to go up. lots more people around than i remembered but all mostly friendly. stayed out at goldie river for 4 days then did the kokoda track with the family and a few friends and then another week exploring oro province before coming back to boroko for a few days. it has seen better days but still felt like my old home and i was excited to see it all again as well as being sad to leave. will probably go back again although havent enjoyed the tropical ear, tropical ulcer on my leg and never want to eat red bannana/taro/kau-kau for 3 meals every day ever again.

Glenda
22-11-2007, 12:40 AM
Hi Paul,
I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip back to Moresby. And it is wonderful to hear you talk of things like the Papuan now sadly gone. The Manager was a friend of my Fathers, Geoff someone and I remember going to see new movies, one I remember well was Ned Kelly with Mick Jager in the lead role.
I read so much about the dangers of Port Moresby now so it is refreshing to hear you say you would go back again.
I actually feel that I would love to go and see it again, but am very apprehensive about making the trip.
What would you say gave you the biggest surprise to see.

paul ekman
22-11-2007, 02:04 PM
hello glenda

if you decide to go back be prepared to accept the change and not to dwell on the past as things certainly look different from an adults perspective. my old house/yard/distance & time seemed smaller than back in the 60s &70s. the town is now approached from a highway that joins past hanabada to near the yacht club. the hubert murray stadium was new when we left but now looks a little worn. the town is disorienting due to the high rise buildings and i found it a little difficult to navigate and get my bearings. there are a lot less expats around and you tend to stand out and draw attention wherever you go but then again maybe as a kid i just wasnt aware of it. beetlenut chewing and spitting is rampant and i dont ever remember the roads and paths being stained red and littered with nut husks. i should sit down and write an extended review one day before i forget everything. as to risks i would rather be in boroko than on a train at night in sydney. people are generally friendly and curious and we didnt have any major problems but then again maybe i'm scary looking to them. my two daughters and son went around boroko without difficulty (17/18 &20yo). i did have to surrender my fishing knife when i went in the bank and when i went to collect it on leaving was interested to see the wide range of weapons my fellow customers had also handed over. i also think the guards and razor wire may be there to appease the fears of the tourists but then i remember some houses were like that back when i was a kid. ive said it before but it was still like going home despite all the changes.

meg
22-11-2007, 10:25 PM
Thanks so much for you info Paul. Like Glenda, I've also been a little cautious about returning, but I've always wanted to simply because it's home. I'm seriously planning a holiday for next year now. I know my mum would love to go back as she really enjoyed our years up in Moresby and my partner has heard so much that I think he just just wants to get it over with!! I was always afraid that I would be really disappointed as with everything else, things change, but as you say - be prepared for that. I think I can do that, coz it's still home to me anyway. Never really felt that Australia was home.

Regards, Megan

cbatchelor
23-12-2007, 10:10 AM
hi spook,
we had a stock car, it was purple and called the streaker, i loved that smell...we were there all the time in 1973 to 1975...

Geoff_S
27-12-2007, 04:16 PM
Hello all. My name is Geoff Snowdon. My family arrived in December '71 and left on 28 November '74 just before Independence. I started Year 2 at PoM high in '72 aged 14. Yes, I turn 50 in February. My sister, Jennifer (Jenny) turned 11 in '72; she would have started at PoM high in '74. My little sister, Peta Louise was just one year old then.

We were Army brats and lived in Murray Barracks at No 14 Sattleberg Circle. Our back door led down to a small park that contained the family pool.
Here are some memories I jotted down. It was hard at first but slowly, like a game of Ouija, 'spirits' of the past came one at a time.

Arriving
Being sprayed by the cabin staff with cans of Mortein on arrival.
Hitting a wall of humidity as we dismembarked the aircraft.
Ernie, the biggest, tallest Buka you have ever seen smiling when he met us at Jackson airport.
Sleeping for the first six months, naked, on top of the sheets with the ceiling fan on high.

People at PoM High
Bonnie Meertens who looked me up in Brisbane over ten years ago. She was married (to a Peter?) with two children, living in Perth.
Paul Sainsbury who lived next door at one stage (12 Sattleburg Circle?), his girlfriend Julie.
Peter Stephens and his sister who was a year below.
Peter Stokes and his sister (Wendy?).
Gwendolyn Veth who sat next to me one year in science. I think the science teacher was Mrs Griffiths but
I don't remember the snake. She had dark hair that she wore up (maybe in a beehive) and always dressed very smartly (like all her wages
went on clothes).
My English teacher in Year 4 was Mrs Wright, I think.
Was one of the Maths teacher a Mrs Small?
Deanne Frost, who arrived in '73, I think. She was a friend of Peter Stephens's sister.
Margaret Barclay, was it? She may have been in the year ahead.
There was a Sue who was in my English class. I think she was the school captain.
There was a Glenda too but I am pretty sure she was in the same year as me. She was quite tall and we played squash after school one term. I can 'see' that she had a girlfriend but I can't remember who she was. It may have been a red-haired girl.
Two sisters named Foot; one was Karen.
There are a whole heap more faces, some of them very good friends but I am ashamed to say that their names just won't come. I'll keep trying.

Murray Barracks
The trailer-mounted fogger (TIFA was the acronym my Dad used) that chuffed its way around the streets spreading clouds of DDT
One house boy named Harvey.
BBQs - till I was sick of them.
Watching movies at the mess on Sunday nights.
Reading books, books, books (having no TV back then was a blessing). I can remember hurriedly turning off my light at midnight or beyond when my parents arrived home.
Swimming training at the main pool.
Cpl Eddie Lachs started a social club for the kids and we held a few dances in a hall on the barracks. A lot of Neil Diamond was played.
Getting myself kicked out of a birthday party for bringing (and playing) a Frank Zappa album that used the "f' word repeatedly.

Around POM
Dad's 27 ft motorised catamaran, "Wanem". BBQs on the front deck at Local Island with other boats tied up alongside.
Papua Yacht Club: sailing Corsairs on the harbour with Maj Brian Doyle; A Paper Tiger pitch-poling in a blow; Brian Doyle and I gybing a 32' polynesian cat to its mooring in a 'Goober'.
That yellow tinge the sky took on most afternoons in the wet season just before the deluge that stopped just as quickly as it started.
The fire sale at Steam Ships where my Mum was employed as their telephone receptionist.
Betel nut splashed over the footpath.
Catching a boy truck back to Murray Barracks.

Thanks for the opportunity to dig these memories out, Margaret.

I wondered what other people who lived in Moresby in the late 60's and early 70's remember about it.

I remember the day Steamies in town got all the flavoured ice creams (I think there was about 20 flavours - it was a magic day for us kids)

I remember the "Show day" near the Uni in around 1968 when the showbags were "Real" sample bags, they actually had samples of matches would you believe !!!

I remember going to the drive-in every weekend - you didnt even care what was on - you just went every week. I remember that at the drive-in on your birthday your name was called out and you got some free lollies - not just a packet, but a drink, potato chips and many packets of lollies. We had a cyclone on my sisters birthday one year and still we went - there was two cars there, and they showed the movie (and she got her free lollies). I also remember when they built the picture theatre at Boroko near the entrance to the drive in. I remember "check your dockets" when you went to the drive in and had dinner there. (It was not the "greasy take aways" you get at drive in's now, but great meals).

I remember the songs of the time - (I always think of Moresby when I hear them)
"Is this the way to Armarillo" - Tony Christie.
"Raindrops keep falling on my head" - Johnny Farnham
"Green green grass of home" - Tom Jones

Lets hear what YOU remember ?

Margaret

paul ekman
28-12-2007, 03:43 PM
hello geoff.
funny enough "the snowdons" came up on two occasions recently, one with spook who recalled you guys and one with my family at christmas as we were reminiscing over new guinea after our recent trip back. i cant remember you but the name rang a bell as did casey/dermanns/stanford/shepherds/ cross/curry/roylance/doyle/ray stevenson/knights etc.
i think my dad said your father had something to do with the workshops across wards road if my memory is ok. ive got photoes of the old fogger in action.
recently tried to walk through that back paddock but its all overgrown. were you guys the ones who used to ride that old motorbike around the paddock or was it the shepherds? someone also owned a white boxer/bulldog (?archie) that used to chase people up that lane to the paddock. we lived at 24 sattleburg circle 72/73/74 and at wau st in ?66/67/68.
cheers

cbatchelor
29-12-2007, 12:02 PM
I too remember being sprayed in the aeroplane. I was dressed in a pure polyester pink dress that stuck to me when I got out of the plane. We came from Melbourne and yes it was hot hot hot. My sister had a broken leg and when we arrived at our house it had 125 steps straight up, my dad had to carry my 13yr old sister, who was very tall, all the way up. We often ate at dunkos diner on the right i think on the way to the drive in. There was a little coffee shop in boroko with a yellow picture of a foot on the window where we ate toasted cheese sandwiches. I recall the arrival of princess anne and captain mark phillips, there was a huge to do at an arena. I remember independance day, watching the planes fly over. I rememeber a little car called a FART - an acronym for something I have forgotten. Being in the girl guides and supervising the cubs on their camp. Babysitting often even though I was only 11. Spending many weekends on islands, getting there by someones catarman, sailing with matthew connor for the first time. Our dog humphrey falling off the boat and under the motor while we all waited to see if he was dead or alive, he was alive and dad jumping in the ocean to save him, then having to jump back in because his smokes fell out of his pocket and were floating away (they were in a waterproof packet). Steak Diane at the Yacht Club. Dad's boat - rat fink, speeding over the waves sitting on the front of it, squealing with joy. The beautiful fish we saw when we stopped in the middle of the ocean. Climbing that many coconut trees I became almost professional at it. Finding a phone box behind the shop that rang tasmania (our grandparents) for free! Spending an enormous amount of time at the speedway with our purple stockcar the streaker which mum painted a picture of a naked woman on the roof of. Spending time with lefty, john and nadia o'connor and their kids. Walking home literally through the family pool as it was so hot and by the time we got home we were dry again. Watching all my friends leave on the arcadia. Adult parties that lasted for days while us kids just amused ourselves. Playing spin the bottle near a gas tank at the sargeants mess on a friday night and being caught by an MP, we all ran for our lives. Sweet potato chips at the university show day. Kokoda trail and the motel attached to it. Being scared to death by the mud men. Having to leave our dog there with our houseboy Gillian. A lot of fun.

Annette E
06-01-2008, 02:56 PM
Hey Glenda,
not sure about John but the other Auchettl kids went to Coronation Primary A. I remember John played drums in a band called the 'something Custards' so to a 12-13 year old he was pretty cool. Couple of good friends went to Boroko East though, Debbie Brooks was probably in your year and Melody Musicka would have been in the year after you. Was the swap shop that you went to the one at Taurama? My mum and I actually met up with the lady who used to run that shop around the end of the '70's in Sydney. There does seem to be a lot of expats in Brisbane. A friend went to a reunion up here probably about 10 or more years ago now and she said there were heaps of people there - maybe we're all gravitating back slowly. I would love to go back, I'm just afraid I'll be disappointed though, but I think I'll do it one just for the hell of it. I never fitted back in well either, but I'm kind of cool about being different now - just pass it off as eccentricity now I'm hitting the big half century soon.
Cheers,
Megan
PS. Remembered the band's name - it was the 'Copper Custards'I came across your post on google search and gee you bring back my band stalking/groupie years:love: , how pathetic am I:'( , but great memories so I had to post this:) .

I remember John Auchettl, yep! he was drop dead cool(:p) and right into space science stuff he used to hang out with Tex Stephens (also very cool), but the band were the only heavy rock band in PNG, great sound, just great(Y) , played at the PM High School alot, army barracks, around the clubs and on the ABC radio. I remember them mostly at the Germaniam Club (spelling?) out at wards strip/drivein way, with all my band stalking girl friends.

They played great stuff - CCR, Led zeppelin, Black sabbath and Deep purple, lots of stuff very cool band. That name you gave was their original name back when they got started in grade 6 at coronation primary around 1967? From what I can remember but they changed that to "Survival" around 1969/70??

They were just 12 year old kids... with a big sound, very cool.

I can only remember three members of the final band setup - John Auchettl, Chris Roach and Robert(?) Bruce. Chris was Greg Roachs (both drove gocarts at wards) brother Mark the younger brother, Chris left PMHS at form 4, Auchettl and Bruce went on to 6 form. Other band members from what I remember are Brett Homan, his father owned the music shop 'Keynote' and a guitarist called Goudy Dardy (spelling?) he was a local and older I think he was in the original formation of the band with Auchettl & Roach and worked in government printing at konedobu.

Still a groupie as I said how pathetic am I, and at my age.:'(

Glenda
08-01-2008, 11:23 PM
Hi Geoff Snowdon,

You jogged a memory for me, I can remember playing squash I think on Friday afternoons. If I remember right we had all sorts of sports on a friday afternoon at school, it was kind of elective. I think there was also table tennis that one could play. My friend then was Sharon Boyce and I think she also played squash.
I will be fifty in May, boy did that come up fast! I have had so many memories come flooding back since I joined this forum, but many are quite hazy and I just wish they were clearer.

robyn
09-01-2008, 09:55 PM
Glenda
Have you managed to get a copy of Territory Kids? If so, did you enjoy reading it & silly question but, could you relate to most of the memories?

Glenda
10-01-2008, 11:30 AM
Hi Robyn,
You are going to think I am awful. I don't have it yet but you have prompted me and reminded me. So I will get this book ordered finally, I just plain forgot as I am reading a huge pile of books on a particular subject at the moment. I am sure this book would be a welcome diversion and I hope a nice little stroll down memory lane!

Namaste,
Glenda

Glenda
10-01-2008, 11:33 AM
I think I am going to go to the PNG reunion at the Gold Coast on the 21st June, I am a little worried that I will turn up there and not know anyone and sit like the proverbial stale bottle on my own.

Has anyone been to one before?

http://www.pngreunion.com/png-reunion/papua-new-guinea-reunion.php

meg
12-01-2008, 12:44 PM
I came across your post on google search and gee you bring back my band stalking/groupie years:love: , how pathetic am I:'( , but great memories so I had to post this:) .

I remember John Auchettl, yep! he was drop dead cool(:p) and right into space science stuff he used to hang out with Tex Stephens (also very cool), but the band were the only heavy rock band in PNG, great sound, just great(Y) , played at the PM High School alot, army barracks, around the clubs and on the ABC radio. I remember them mostly at the Germaniam Club (spelling?) out at wards strip/drivein way, with all my band stalking girl friends.

They played great stuff - CCR, Led zeppelin, Black sabbath and Deep purple, lots of stuff very cool band. That name you gave was their original name back when they got started in grade 6 at coronation primary around 1967? From what I can remember but they changed that to "Survival" around 1969/70??

They were just 12 year old kids... with a big sound, very cool.

I can only remember three members of the final band setup - John Auchettl, Chris Roach and Robert(?) Bruce. Chris was Greg Roachs (both drove gocarts at wards) brother Mark the younger brother, Chris left PMHS at form 4, Auchettl and Bruce went on to 6 form. Other band members from what I remember are Brett Homan, his father owned the music shop 'Keynote' and a guitarist called Goudy Dardy (spelling?) he was a local and older I think he was in the original formation of the band with Auchettl & Roach and worked in government printing at konedobu.

Still a groupie as I said how pathetic am I, and at my age.:'(
Hey Annette,
I sort of recall that there was a name change, but I knew John because I was friends with his younger sister Dianne and John had his drums set up in the loungeroom of their home - they were probably an old set because I remember they had the copper custards name on them. I was at Coronation and then POM High with Dianne and Marc Roach was in my class too.
John is obviously still into the space science stuff - he's the director of PRA - phenomena research australia - which is about ufo studies. I'm still in touch with Dianne as she is up here is Qld also. My memories of John apart from him being truly cool, are getting lifts to school in his little black and blue Anglia (I think) and being able to see the road underneath your feet while you were driving coz the floor had rusted out. Fun memories.
Cheers, Megan

Annette E
13-01-2008, 02:10 AM
Hey Annette,
I sort of recall that there was a name change, but I knew John because I was friends with his younger sister Dianne and John had his drums set up in the loungeroom of their home - they were probably an old set because I remember they had the copper custards name on them. I was at Coronation and then POM High with Dianne and Marc Roach was in my class too.
John is obviously still into the space science stuff - he's the director of PRA - phenomena research australia - which is about ufo studies. I'm still in touch with Dianne as she is up here is Qld also. My memories of John apart from him being truly cool, are getting lifts to school in his little black and blue Anglia (I think) and being able to see the road underneath your feet while you were driving coz the floor had rusted out. Fun memories.
Cheers, Megan
Thanks for that memory; I had forgotten about the car. I remember he did take the blue Ford to HS and parked it right in front of the English Teachers (Morrison) class on the ground floor in the new brick block near the canteen and teachers room. At lunch, I remember once they would drive in very fast, brake heavily in the soft soil and fill the class with dust, and then they would be set off the see the head master. Yes I did get a few rides in the blue Ford, I donít remember the holes in the floor, but they had a wood T shift knob on the gear stick. They drove me home a few times from dances, and drove the Ford flat out down 4 mile. I also remember at time he drove a green Datsun. I remember Chris Roach had a VW Combe and Robert Bruce a Plain VW.

I donít remember Dianne, but he had a brother called Brian. Another friend was Roger McCook who had a brother called Bruce. Both went to PMHS, Roger went on to 6 form and I think Bruce went to boarding school???? Rogersís father was a chief pilot with Telair, that is how I remember that. Also I think John went out with a girl called Debbie Brown, I remember that she had a brother called Simon, they lived very close to us, that is how I got a lift home to Airvos Av. Her mother worked also for Telair at some stage. Also Chris Roach lived in the same street before they moved to 7 mile.

Thanks for the other information about Auchettl, my husband (not a PNG kid) has met him a few times, as he worked in the aviation business like my hubby. But that was back in the late 1980s. But I am not in touch with anyone these days.

Annette E
13-01-2008, 02:16 AM
They all went to the 2005 Port Moresby High School
http://www.geocities.com/moresbyhigh2005/

List of names
http://www.geocities.com/moresbyhigh2005/Registered.htm

Some Old Images
http://www.geocities.com/moresbyhigh2005/Photos.htm

Auchettls, Roach, Brown, McCook etc name is in the list. I never went. May be next time?

meg
13-01-2008, 12:04 PM
Thanks for that memory; I had forgotten about the car. I remember he did take the blue Ford to HS and parked it right in front of the English Teachers (Morrison) class on the ground floor in the new brick block near the canteen and teachers room. At lunch, I remember once they would drive in very fast, brake heavily in the soft soil and fill the class with dust, and then they would be set off the see the head master. Yes I did get a few rides in the blue Ford, I donít remember the holes in the floor, but they had a wood T shift knob on the gear stick. They drove me home a few times from dances, and drove the Ford flat out down 4 mile. I also remember at time he drove a green Datsun. I remember Chris Roach had a VW Combe and Robert Bruce a Plain VW.

I donít remember Dianne, but he had a brother called Brian. Another friend was Roger McCook who had a brother called Bruce. Both went to PMHS, Roger went on to 6 form and I think Bruce went to boarding school???? Rogersís father was a chief pilot with Telair, that is how I remember that. Also I think John went out with a girl called Debbie Brown, I remember that she had a brother called Simon, they lived very close to us, that is how I got a lift home to Airvos Av. Her mother worked also for Telair at some stage. Also Chris Roach lived in the same street before they moved to 7 mile.

Thanks for the other information about Auchettl, my husband (not a PNG kid) has met him a few times, as he worked in the aviation business like my hubby. But that was back in the late 1980s. But I am not in touch with anyone these days.
Hi Annette, some of those names ring bells. When you say you remember Roger McCook coz his dad was a Talair pilot, does that mean your dad was in aviation too? My dad worked for TAA and then Air Niugini for a bit. He was groundcrew. Lots of the TAA mob lived in the Airvos Ave flats so was just wondering. You must be a couple of years older than me and that would probably be why you don't remember Dianne. I think we were in 1st form when John was in either 5th or 6th.
Cheers Megan

Annette E
13-01-2008, 01:33 PM
Hi Annette, some of those names ring bells. When you say you remember Roger McCook coz his dad was a Talair pilot, does that mean your dad was in aviation too? My dad worked for TAA and then Air Niugini for a bit. He was groundcrew. Lots of the TAA mob lived in the Airvos Ave flats so was just wondering. You must be a couple of years older than me and that would probably be why you don't remember Dianne. I think we were in 1st form when John was in either 5th or 6th.
Cheers Megan
Hi Megan,

Dad was with DCA (An X WWII RAAF) mum worked down at the club just below Airvos Av. That is how I remember Brett Homman, his father worked for DCA, then he went and started the Music Shop Keynote in Turumu St, Boroko, behind BPs... I think???

I am a year ahead of John Auchettl, but left around 5th form.

I think the Auchettls lived in Angau Drive, it was close to the High School.
I would also see them up at the Boroko RSL on movie nights (Sunday) with Mom & Dad when it was on or when we could get there.

meg
18-01-2008, 08:47 PM
Hi Megan,

Dad was with DCA (An X WWII RAAF) mum worked down at the club just below Airvos Av. That is how I remember Brett Homman, his father worked for DCA, then he went and started the Music Shop Keynote in Turumu St, Boroko, behind BPs... I think???

I am a year ahead of John Auchettl, but left around 5th form.

I think the Auchettls lived in Angau Drive, it was close to the High School.
I would also see them up at the Boroko RSL on movie nights (Sunday) with Mom & Dad when it was on or when we could get there.
Hi Annette,
My dad was ex RAAF too, he was stationed in Moresby for a bit during the war, returned in the fifties for a few years working for Helicopter Utilities and then we all went back in the sixties when he was with TAA and Air Niugini.
One of my best friends Dad worked for DCA too, don't know if you would remember her, their name was Hardaker and they were from Albany/Perth. There were three kids in the family, Kelvin who was probably born around '57, Robyn who was my age (about '59) and a little brother whose name I really can't remember. They were only in Moresby for a couple of years and then went to Rabaul before going finish. I lost touch with her years ago, but have often wondered how/where she is.
Yeah, the Auchettl's lived just off Angau, can't remember the name of the road now, we lived just off Angau too, right down near the RSL, which is why I got lifts to school with Di.
Am seriously thinking of taking a trip back in the next year or so. My Dad passed away in late 2006, but Mum is living with me now and has fond memories of our years up there and I think she might enjoy it too. She's getting on, but is pretty fit and healthy for her age, so it might be a bit of fun to have a look around at all the old places - will just have to be prepared for the changes though.
Cheers,
Megan

tatfarm
20-01-2008, 10:08 AM
Hi, My name is Steve Munro. I was born in Rabaul. Dad was at Malaguna Tech and Mum was with Burns Phillip. We then lived in Lae and Madang. I joined the RAN and became a Clearance Diver getting back to New Guinea to clear WW11 ordinance also demolished the old German wharf. I am very keen to comunicate with someone from Kokopo to get a perspective of life in New Britain today. Some time ago I came across a News letter someone was publishing out of Kokopo but I lost the information.
I would appreciate any information anyone can send.

jimibostock
20-01-2008, 10:04 PM
How wondeful to read all these wondeful memories of PNG in the late 60s and early 70s.

My family, the Bostocks, lived there from 1963 till 1975. I went to St Josephs and we lived in Six Mile and Boroko.

I too remember the drive in and the special birthday ackowledgements, and I remember playing down under the screen with all the other kids.

I also remember the cinema. I remember Arthur's Pies in Boroko, does anyone else remember them being as good as I do.

I remember the good times at the clubs around town. I even remember the riot at the football which someone mentions in the forum. My Dad was manager of the Magani Badili club and I was a ballboy on the day mentioned.

I remember the sing sings, the Koki Markets, the salty plums, the red ginger, Ela Beach, and our lovely houseboy, Joseph.

I remember the great parties we used to have.

I most remember the day we left. To this day I still call PNG my home and I miss it so much and wish I could just go back there and live.

Anyone who remembers me or any of my family, please email me at jimi@108.net.au (i was commonly known as Jamie Bostock then). I would love to hear from you

jimibostock
20-01-2008, 10:17 PM
Wow. Paul, I remember Miss Healy at St Josephs. I think she was my first crush and she wore short dresses.

jimibostock
20-01-2008, 10:21 PM
Sorry to bombard the forum. I had forgotten about the stock car races. They were great fun. I remember motor bike racing as well. One of mys sisters was friends with one of the bike riders who was killed and I remember hos funeral procession being what seemed like a hundred bikes. I even think his family lived next to us in Boroko.

Talking about that, does anyone remember the Kingstons who lived in Boroko. Charmaine Kingston was my first love. It would be a hoot to hear where she ended up.

jimibostock
20-01-2008, 10:28 PM
Hi Glenda

I think the girl you are talking about was my sister Debiie Bostock. Maybe I am getting the years mixed up. She was 14 when she died and I still remember it like it was yesterday/

Someone also mentioned Dr Jacobi - he came to our house the night Debiie died. I think he lived near us. I remeber going to his surgery when I was sick.

[QUOTE=Glenda]Hi Jaycee,
I'm pretty sure I was in form 1 in 1970. I can remember that year one of the girls commited suicide, that had a huge impact on the whole school.

jimibostock
20-01-2008, 10:32 PM
Wow Meg

You made me cry, how you remembered that it was one of the Bostock girls (my sisters)

It was Debbie and as far as I know, she did not mean to commit suicide but got drunk and chocked on her oown vomit. Boy I remember the night so well and I am still so sad.

Keep posting, the memories are amazing

Hey Glenda,
you must have been a couple of years ahead of me, I remember Dr Jacobi's - you would have been really central living there. You brought back some memories though about the the suicide. If my memory is correct, it was one of the Bostock girls. She was older than me, but I knew them, not very well, through other people. It was the first time I'd heard of anyone killing themselves and it really made an impression - still sad after all these years.
Did Bruce Sparks have a younger brother - this is a laugh, but my first kiss was at a party at the Hardacres near Coronation Primary A while playing spin the bottle and it was from a boy called Sparks but I can't remember his first name - obviously left an impression. I live down south of Brisbane now and I go to Sunnybank regularly to buy my salty plums and red ginger. Was it you who was talking about someone seeing a UFO while drunk? A friend of mine at primary and high school has an older brother who did all his schooling in Moresby and he is now something of ane expert in UFO stuff, John Auchettl. It's good to talk about the old stuff, I still miss it and Moresby.
Megan

DebbieLeigh
03-02-2008, 10:46 PM
i do remember ann and kim mulcay , ann was in some of my class ,bruce spark use to go out with kim back then .they were there till end of form 4.cant recall titch nor uki. mrs griffith was my scicence teacher and she had a phyton in the scicence lab.i m sitting here trying to write this and can see all this faces but cant put names ,how frustrating is that . ithink i know who you are. do you know royan he was the shortest boy in class,we where in the same english. mrs davis was our english teacher. she had anervous break down,poor thing she couldnt handle the stress.do you know gary. cant remember his name, yes its all comming back to me now. joan. sharon and glenda .cheers Yes it was Sharon Boyce, when I went down south to school we lost touch and I will be forever sad about that. I stayed at Joans a lot, her Mum was the dressmaker at Lexie's dress shop, it had all the really cool stuff.
My Dad used to do the movies at the 4 mile. The name Bruce Spark really rings a bell, and I wish I could remember but it will come to me though, lots of stuff is coming back reading this forum. I left in 72 to go to south to school.
Do you remember Anne Mulcay? I met up with her Brother on a bus one day and it turned out that she lived around the corner from me. We stayed in touch till we were in out mid 20's. Her Sister Kim was older and well known at POM.
Do you remember a boy we used to call titch, everyone really liked him. I can remember him getting really drunk at one of the school dances and we were all trying to sober him up.
I'm pretty sure I was in form 1 in 1970. I can remember that year one of the girls commited suicide, that had a huge impact on the whole school.
Form one math teacher used to comb his hair a lot and I did get kicked out of his class a couple of times because I had a pretty bad attitude at times.
I remember one of the boys in form 1, his Mother died and I often thought how dificult that must have been for him.
Mrs Herd was the home ec teacher, I really enjoyed that class. There was also a new teacher who drove a pale blue ford capri, can't remember what he taught though.
I can remember a boy called Uki who was often at the 4 mile, he had a dragster bike.
Do you remember the fish and chips at the place out on the road to the drive in, the guy who owned it drove a green sports car.
There are so many memories, and I wish I had some school photos so I could place people.
cheers, Glenda[/QUOTE] Hi Glenda, I can't be entirely sure but I think I have a photo of Bruce Spark. WAs going through albums on Thursay and could NOT remember this guys name but after seeing it mentioned I am sure it is him. We were in the same class in form 2 i beleive.
Regards Debbie (nee Thorpe)

DebbieLeigh
03-02-2008, 10:55 PM
hello glenda,margaret and others. loved the photoes. i was a bit younger (mrs grahams yr 5 in 1974) so have not so many social memories or memories of friends as we left after that. i remember the koitaki pool but not as clean as in your pictures. it seemed like green soup the few times we went there.i am going back for the first time in 4 weeks and taking my family for 3 weeks so should be good to see the place again. its been great to read this forum since i found it while doing some research in preparation. i also cant get my wife or kids to like ginger or salty plums and i always have a supply and have some occasionally-even have ginger in my laptop bag at work.
cheers. Hi Paul, I have been trying to work out the years in my head and thanks to a class photo that Yvette Brewis posted in another site I know I was in Yr 1 in 1973, which means you would have been year 3 and the same age as my sister Mindy. Not many Mindys around so if the name rings any bells let me know.
Regards Debbie (nee Thorpe)

DebbieLeigh
03-02-2008, 11:38 PM
I too remember being sprayed in the aeroplane. I was dressed in a pure polyester pink dress that stuck to me when I got out of the plane. We came from Melbourne and yes it was hot hot hot. My sister had a broken leg and when we arrived at our house it had 125 steps straight up, my dad had to carry my 13yr old sister, who was very tall, all the way up. We often ate at dunkos diner on the right i think on the way to the drive in. There was a little coffee shop in boroko with a yellow picture of a foot on the window where we ate toasted cheese sandwiches. I recall the arrival of princess anne and captain mark phillips, there was a huge to do at an arena. I remember independance day, watching the planes fly over. I rememeber a little car called a FART - an acronym for something I have forgotten. Being in the girl guides and supervising the cubs on their camp. Babysitting often even though I was only 11. Spending many weekends on islands, getting there by someones catarman, sailing with matthew connor for the first time. Our dog humphrey falling off the boat and under the motor while we all waited to see if he was dead or alive, he was alive and dad jumping in the ocean to save him, then having to jump back in because his smokes fell out of his pocket and were floating away (they were in a waterproof packet). Steak Diane at the Yacht Club. Dad's boat - rat fink, speeding over the waves sitting on the front of it, squealing with joy. The beautiful fish we saw when we stopped in the middle of the ocean. Climbing that many coconut trees I became almost professional at it. Finding a phone box behind the shop that rang tasmania (our grandparents) for free! Spending an enormous amount of time at the speedway with our purple stockcar the streaker which mum painted a picture of a naked woman on the roof of. Spending time with lefty, john and nadia o'connor and their kids. Walking home literally through the family pool as it was so hot and by the time we got home we were dry again. Watching all my friends leave on the arcadia. Adult parties that lasted for days while us kids just amused ourselves. Playing spin the bottle near a gas tank at the sargeants mess on a friday night and being caught by an MP, we all ran for our lives. Sweet potato chips at the university show day. Kokoda trail and the motel attached to it. Being scared to death by the mud men. Having to leave our dog there with our houseboy Gillian. A lot of fun. Hi cbatchelor, I wasn't going to post anything until reading it all but i MUST ask .. these steps you speak of? Where exactly was that? I too remember mountains of steps as a 3 yr old and my dad was in the ARMY until 1963. Does it have something to do with that as I don't remember much about Murray Barracks but was born whilst he was still serving?
Regards Debbie (nee Thorpe)

paul ekman
04-02-2008, 03:31 PM
mindy may have been in the same year as my brother carl. ill ask him next time i see him and let you know. cheers paul ekman

Glenda
05-02-2008, 01:04 PM
Hi Glenda, I can't be entirely sure but I think I have a photo of Bruce Spark. WAs going through albums on Thursay and could NOT remember this guys name but after seeing it mentioned I am sure it is him. We were in the same class in form 2 i beleive.
Regards Debbie (nee Thorpe)[/QUOTE]Hi Debbie,
I really want to see a class photo, so I can remember people. Some memories just pop back which is great and some are are so cloudy that it's frustrating, it's sort like remembering an old movie, you and remember it but are trying to remember the names of the actors. I am soon to be 50 so probably anyone around my age would have been in the same grade as me, I think I was in form on in 1970. I do think I remmber your name though.

Glenda

DebbieLeigh
07-02-2008, 02:34 PM
Hi Glenda, I can't be entirely sure but I think I have a photo of Bruce Spark. WAs going through albums on Thursay and could NOT remember this guys name but after seeing it mentioned I am sure it is him. We were in the same class in form 2 i beleive.
Regards Debbie (nee Thorpe)Hi Debbie,
I really want to see a class photo, so I can remember people. Some memories just pop back which is great and some are are so cloudy that it's frustrating, it's sort like remembering an old movie, you and remember it but are trying to remember the names of the actors. I am soon to be 50 so probably anyone around my age would have been in the same grade as me, I think I was in form on in 1970. I do think I remmber your name though.

Glenda[/QUOTE]Hi Glenda, this photo is actually an individual photo not a class one. The name sparky rings bells, but if the Bruce Sparks you speak of was in your class then it may actually be this "sparkys" older brother. My name might ring a bell but it is actually Mindy Thorpe my sister who would have been your age. She turns 50 in July and im 48 in June. If you look at the photos posted by Yvette Brewis, Im the one 2nd left front row. Our dad ran the Skyline Drive In from at least 1963 to 1973. I beleive we left PM in 1974

MarkRu
29-02-2008, 02:03 PM
I loved in Moresby in "67 & '68 and was in Form One and Two. They were some of the best years of my life. My mother taught at St Josephs and my sisters went there. We lived next to the Cathedral. I chopped down a banana tree one day and cut off the archbishops phone line - they said he was on the phone to the Vatican at the time!! I never lived it down. I remember Brenton Michael, Sue Purivs, and Teena Mottershead. Was anyone in my class?

robyn
01-03-2008, 09:34 PM
Hi MarkRu
I went to PMHS in Form 1 & 2 in 1967 & '68. I know the name Tina Mottershead, but can't picture her at all.

MarkRu
03-03-2008, 04:55 PM
Hi MarkRu
I went to PMHS in Form 1 & 2 in 1967 & '68. I know the name Tina Mottershead, but can't picture her at all.
She had long black hair, was quite small and was very pretty. Her best friend was Sue (Purvis I think). They worked during the holidays in Burns Philps I think.

jonesc54
12-03-2008, 05:39 PM
Tina Mottershead - her father managed Burns Philp. She was in form 6 PMHS in 1972, her good friend was Margaret Kimmorley. Think Sue Hird was also in that year, and Greg Roach was a year ahead. The Roach family owned the funeral parlour.

jonesc54
12-03-2008, 05:44 PM
I also remember Debbie's death and the funeral - as I represented the school at the cemetery.
It was sad, didn't know Jamie, but knew Neil quite well - he was a representative swimmer and a couple of years older than me. Neil wore some nasty face injuries for a while as a rock came through his windscreen in one of the more anti-social periods of Port Moresby.

nurney_2000
17-05-2008, 09:01 AM
i cannot get this site to take my photographs of sogeri etc in the 1970's
so i have uploaded them to flickr.com....search under sogeri and they will pop up...regards
paud o'connor
sogeri
1975 /76

Terence Moore
20-05-2008, 01:12 AM
i cannot get this site to take my photographs of sogeri etc in the 1970's
so i have uploaded them to flickr.com....search under sogeri and they will pop up...regards
paud o'connor
sogeri
1975 /76Here's the link to Paud's photos

http://www.flickr.com/photos/paud/page1/

Leo Virtusio
20-05-2008, 11:39 PM
Hello,
My mom will be thrillled to see a picture of Mr. Haslett. She was a teacher at Iarowari High School and sometimes did some baby sitting for the Haslett kids. The first picture was of my primary teacher, Mr. Fisher.

Leonie
27-08-2008, 08:48 AM
I came across this site by chance, and have enjoyed the memories of Port Moresby that it has brought back. I lived in Minihi Ave with my parents and my brother Andrew from 1959 to 1972. We lived nearest Taurama Rd next to the Erbens. The McCartneys & Egginks were nearby. Andrew and I both started at Coronation School, and he went on to Port Moresby High. Later I went to a secondary boarding school in Brisbane. I came back to work in Port Moresby for a couple of years after I finished school.

I too have some great memories of Ela Beach; of sunrise breakfasts at Idlers Bay; and of Sogeri. I remember a small plant there that closed its leaves when you touched it. I remember the little geckos that found their way into the house and ran across the walls. In the bathroom they made tut-tutting noises while you had a shower. I also enjoyed the salty plums, and remember the fog machine.

I enjoyed growing up and working in Port Moresby, but was a bit put off when I was shot through the window at home by a prowler. I donít think they ever caught him. We moved to Victoria soon afterwards.

robyn
20-10-2008, 09:49 PM
Leonie, I lived nextdoor to the Erben's & the Gammon's in Minihi Ave. We left to live in Brisbane in September 1968. I went to Boroko East Primary A School & Port Moresby High, until Form 2.

awigley
10-05-2009, 07:46 AM
And for all those who remember the pontoon off the RSL at ela beach, here is a pic of Ela beach looking back towards the RSL. If you look closely I think you can see the pontoon in the water. Pic taken in either 1971 or 72.
i went back there in 2002. so much has gone, but amazingly the dressing sheds are still there - in pretty well the same condition. i was very happy to see that. of course the pontoons are long gone and probably most of the sea slugs but i took a photograph of a woman with an enormous turtle she had caught right in front of the dressing sheds.

Glenda
10-05-2009, 01:10 PM
It been ages since I wrote in this forum and since that time so many people I knew in Moresby have contacted me. It's been wonderful. I had some of Dad's old home Movies put on DVD and it was quite emotional to revisit my old life there and see the people I loved and the places I still dream about.
One part was Anzac day, I do remember going down to the march at Ela Beach and I can still hear the noise of the men talking after the march.

Recently I wanted to book a cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas that was calling in to Port Moresby for one day just so I could visit just once more. But I couldn't make it at the time. Someone I knew did go and said that what he saw was terrible. But I then thought if you have never seen PNG before you are not in a position to judge or understand.

Passengers were advised not to go ashore if they didn't have a tour booked with the ship.
I am seriously thinking of booking the next cruise I hear of that goes to Port Moresby. Even visiting the harbour would be wonderful, I wonder if the Macdhui is still there.

awigley
10-05-2009, 10:47 PM
i was there 7 years ago, so things may have changed by now. back then, i was staying with my son's partner's mother who is from bougainville, so we were mainly in bougainville, which believe it or not was safe, as long as you didn't enter the no-go zones. there were heaps of ngos and the united nations peace-keeping forces were there.
however, i really wanted to visit moresby and the old haunts and she reluctantly agreed to it. i was assigned a bodyguard! he was ex bra and a boxer and over 6 foot tall, so i felt quite safe as we travelled around. but the energy in pom is different. maybe because so many people come to the capital hoping to find work etc and they don't - so much of the population is out of work and desparate. there's a lot of crime, or there was then. and of course you have to see barb wire or electric fences around a lot of people's property. that can be quite off-putting.
in 02 there were 2 safe places to stay - the gateway hotel and a hostel which was on the site of the old bgd building at the end of mairi place in boroko. but check out the latest lonely planet guide before you go.

i've heard of quite a few people who've gone back and had an absolute ball.

so go with an open mind and don't expect to find your childhood there. it's no longer your home. but it is still a fascinating country.

Maz
11-05-2009, 11:40 AM
a few people are heading on back to Moresby/Lae, October 28, just a short trip of 7 days, we figure safety in numbers is the best way to go considering the state of png. But, hey we are sooo looking forward to it, so many old wantoks still remain in POM, they never left, so good to have contact still there. Anyone who wants to join us on our trip is more than welcome, we have 8 so far. Cheers, Marianne, zyeera@yahoo.com.au

paul ekman
12-05-2009, 09:53 PM
the macdhui is still there Glenda.
i went back in september last year with my brother who was born there and with a friend who brought his wife and 3 young children. we had been back in 07 which was the first time since 1974.(earlier posts on this thread)
we spent time in moresby then a week over in awala village before heading over to rabaul then back to moresby.
had an arthurs pie down on ela beach with locals who were keen to hear stories. koki markets was so much smaller than i remembered -no live turtle or chopped up tree kangaroo now. only some shellfish and fruit plus the expected junky stuff etc
bounced around in the back of the ute with snowy haired infants much to the delight and amusement of the locals. chugged up past koki with beautiful melanesian harmonies on the radio while pmv,s belched diesel up around the winding road at badili - took me back in time.
we hired a 4wd and tried to find the country club up past sogeri but its all gone and theres a cattle property there now. i was hopeing to jump in that slimy green pool for nostalgia. great fun ploughing through the sogeri red mud to owers corner. the lookout below rona falls is unchanged. lots of old model car bodies down the slope.
the museum at waigani was closed but we spoke to the gardeners and it was opened for a donation. great place to see.
id recommend go and visit png. its both a shock and a delight. smiling faces, hustling markets, beetlenut, swept piles of burning rubbish, broad leaf grasses and plants that close up when you touch them. walking barefoot around boroko. by all means be cautious but the locals we approached and dealt with were all friendly and engaging. maybe we have been lucky both visits? i couldnt live back there now but id never pass up an opportunity to go back for another visit and rekindle the memories.

Glenda
13-05-2009, 01:07 PM
I have been told that a few people meet at the Chinese restaurant at Kedron on the first Sunday in November once a year and one had mentioned Mrs Downie. Does anyone remember her, she was a teacher at POM high?

I have emailed you Marianne, thank you so much. I would like to think I could join you on a real trip rather than just one day on a cruise to have a quick look.

Paul, thank you for your post I was off and dreaming when reading it, but so sad that there is no more Koitaki.

robyn
02-06-2009, 08:37 PM
I have been told that a few people meet at the Chinese restaurant at Kedron on the first Sunday in November once a year and one had mentioned Mrs Downie. Does anyone remember her, she was a teacher at POM high?

I have emailed you Marianne, thank you so much. I would like to think I could join you on a real trip rather than just one day on a cruise to have a quick look.

Paul, thank you for your post I was off and dreaming when reading it, but so sad that there is no more Koitaki.

I remember the name Downie, I think she was my sewing teacher in Form 1 or 2 (1967/68)

Steve Adams
30-10-2009, 05:23 AM
Wow! Just stumbled over this forum and what a blast of memories reading this thread brings back!

I feel like I have been transported back there. Remembering Ela Beach pontoon, salty plumbs and ginger, Wards cinema and the Skyline drive In, Pinochios, etc etc. I swear I can still smell the fuel in the air at the stock car races...and who was that motorbike rider with the US stars and stripes??

I lived there from 1974 to 1976 and went to Gordons Primary then went off to boarding school in Brisbane. My Mum Anne had a material and Bernina sewing machine shop first in Boroko and then in Taurama. We spent hours hanging around the squash courts in Taurama after school. My Dad Mike flew for Air Niugini. They split about the time I left but mum stayed there for quite a few years afterwards and i went back for holidays until 1979.

Great childhood full of adventures and mischief. I think I'd freak if my kids were doing the same things we got up to though!

aquatrek
28-12-2009, 07:00 PM
[quote=margaretdb;43952]I wondered what other people who lived in Moresby in the late 60's and early 70's remember about it.

Hi, my name is Steve Smith and I was one of many contracted Public Service employees from 1975 onwards [me 09/1975 > 09/1977]. I became a computer Trainer in my latter months. Claude Clark was the Dept head I think. A notorious Bruce Tardrew was for awhile my boss [deported I believe after being found guilty of fraud]. Doc Brown was a Senior computer operator at the time. The computers were looked after by the firm ICL who had an office. My wife Janette Smith ran the Korobosea pre-school and we lived in Gagoma street opposite the school. Scuba became the passion via the instructor Len Capon. So if any one recalls those aspects pls get in touch - cheers aquatrek@tpg.com.au

janspencer
06-01-2010, 04:16 PM
Gee this brings back memories. I was in PM from mid 67 to March 73, did my schooling at PMHS. I was in Miss McAdam's home class from 68 to 72, she stayed as class teacher for the whole time. Other teachers I can remember from those times were Mr Redman, Mr Vermeer (mathematics), Mr Ginbey (history), Mrs Morris (English- notorious for her tests that ran through morning recess) Some of the students of those times I can remember were Lawrence Shaw, Angelo Giovas, Duncan Jamieson, Yvonne Dix, Melanie and Mandy Lord, Robyn McLaughlin, Bianca Dohrmann. Someone mentioned Teena Mottershead - recall the name but thats all.
Some of the places I recall - Wards Strip where I and countless others learned to drive by dodging the potholes, the showgrounds with their FREE showbags filled with usefull stuff (fans, caps, pencils etc), Arthurs Pies - he starrted out at the Boroko RSL, the Lowensteins fish & chips (flaming red hair and the hottest place in Moresby temperature wise), Boroko RSL's Sunday night films with the crowd looking on from beyond the fence, the Moreby Hotel with its barramundi andpies on a Saturday lunchtime, Steamies before and after the fire, Burns Philp with its "punka" cooling fan system.
We were also avid users of the exchange book shop in Taurama. A full weeks reading for approx $1.00. Great.
I used to live in Gordonia (now Saraga) and would walk to the airport passing the Catalina and the fire practice mockup. I have a picture of me standing on the Cat's wing somewhere
If anyone cares to respond to any names mentioned would love to hear from you.

paul ekman
07-01-2010, 01:52 PM
hello jan
the doermans were friends and i was about the same age as magaret who with michael was biancas younger sister and brother. havent seen them since leaving new guinea but i think michael and bianca may have joined the army at some stage. i know my father kept in contact for a while and that their father Carl has not long ago (? last 12months) passed away.
if you have any old photoes of the catalina could you post them on the site. it was one of the things i wanted to see when i went back as we used to play in it as kids but it is now gone.
cheers

fishless
14-01-2010, 02:15 PM
[quote=Glenda;70255]MY brother has been sending through various images, things I have long forgotten, such as stock car racing behind Jacksons. He and his friend built a wonderful little red car.

if you have any photos of the speedway please forward .
iSpeedway has not run for several 5-6 years now ,the last races were held at the Moitaka showgrounds at 9 mile ,
we built a new track around the koni tigers football feild then someone sold the ground from under us .
off road bikes still run events but motorsport is nearly dead, the car club exists on poker machine funds .

Robin. L. Port Moresby Speedway Association

John Knight
04-02-2010, 04:32 PM
Hey Paul, I just stumbled to this forum after someone found a photo of me at Murray Primary.
How are your brothers? I still remember pale little Mousey hanging off one of the mango trees between our houses telling my mum he was a fruitbat :-)

I thought Greg Chappell owned the old Honda stepthrough - it that the one you're talking about? I remember three or four of us all piling on it burning back and forth across that paddock behind our houses.

I've been up the PNG a few times since 1974 - but only on work trips to the mines, never back to the childhood stamping grounds.

paul ekman
05-02-2010, 02:41 PM
hello John good to hear from you.
i think your mum used to think we were feral and didnt like you hanging around with us. does she still sing? ahh those mango trees. i remember whenever i was up for a hiding i used to climb up to get away from mum and dad and camp up there until they cooled down a bit.
carl is still in sydney, joe is in gosford and victor is down at kiama. carl came back with me in 2008 and checked out murray barracks.
i really cant remember who owned that bike but thought it might have been the shepherds. i can remember it burning around with a crowd on it. i think it may have ended up in the stormwater drain a few times and it was responsible for a few sutures. that was a great little paddock and lots of fun. i recall getting powder from fireworks and making bombs to blow things up and trying to fire off unexploded 303 cartridges hitting them with a hammer. your mum was probably right!
good to hear from you. do you ever hear from anyone else from those days??
cheers paul

John Knight
05-02-2010, 03:32 PM
Hi Paul,
They were great times with so many kids living so close by and always ready for wheelie wheelie racing, red rover, butterfly chasing or whatever. I don't think my mum ever had a problem with you guys.

I do recall a lot of stuff getting blown up.

There was a pretty big trade in munitions at Gordon High School and I came home one day with a live 40mm AA round. I was told it was some kind of smoke grenade or something and I traded it for some 50 cal rounds. Dad hit the @#$%^&* roof when he saw it!

I also remember when we all got 5c skyrockets and we put launching tubes on our bikes and rode around having "dog fights" in that paddock.

I'm still good mates with Ruston Kelly who I met in grade 6 at Murray Primary.
Mum and Dad still see the some of the Murray Barracks crowd - It was their 50th wedding anniv last July and the Wansleys came - I earnt my first $$ washing his car up Sattleburg Circle.

I remember Father Ray visiting us in Sydney when he retired and left PNG. The poor guy had PNG-itis or whatever we called it back then really bad - he just couldn't get used to living in Sydney - too cold, even in summer and too many people. I think he went to work at an Aboriginal mission in the NT and died not too long after. I still have some of the war relics he gave to us - though customs took my Browning 50 cal and all the other guns :unhappy:


I checked out the barracks on Googlemaps the other day - it looks tiny now compared to how it seemed back then.

Kokopo
06-02-2010, 12:40 AM
Our family is from Kokopo, Joseph Schulz, try South Sea Horizons for info on Rabaul, Kori Chan runs this.

John Knight
11-02-2010, 12:46 PM
My war relic collection - mostly given to me by Father Ray, some personally scavenged. I remember going to Waigani swamp to the P38 crash site - there is a piece of the nose sheet metal there. I still have the water bottle - a really nice Japanese officers one with his name engraved on it with a big shrapnel hole through it.


A pic out the window of a Ansett DC-3 on the way up to Rabaul in 1973 (I'm fairly sure) when Mt Ulawun was really going off. It was one of the old batch of DC-3s with canvas bench seats up and down along the sides and the luggage held in a net at the back.
I asked the pilot if I could take a piccy through his window since all the windows in the back were so scratched up. He said he'd do one better and slid the window wide open! We circled it two or three times taking photos!


How do I add an image so it shows as an image and not a link?

Kokopo
06-04-2010, 09:41 PM
Great photo, remember going to the RSL on Sunday nights with mum and dad for the movies and eating battered Barrumundi and chips with my little sister and sitting in the big chairs for the movie to come on. What great memories, growing up at Ela Beach and living in POM.

Kokopo
06-04-2010, 10:14 PM
Hi Rob,
My mum said we use to go to the movies with your family on Sunday nights at the RSL at Ela Beach, was great growing up in those days, thanks for the memories, my dad is Noel Eichmann, who is now in Maryborough, Qld.
Cheers

Dexter Ning
10-04-2010, 02:54 AM
Came across this site when I googled my name. Went to St Josephs from 1970 to 75 and the only friend I could remember was Geoff Mcdonald. We both ended up going to St Joseph College in Sydney. My Family lived in Six Mile and my Dad ran a Retail shop .I remember when it was pay day, lots of drunks,riots,police and tear gas. Did alot of fishing and swimming in the rivers.Went to the Drive In, Ward Cinema and Cathay Club.

kanakaken
22-04-2010, 02:04 AM
I worked in Port Moresby in 1968 for PDC. Project Developement Corporation had the contract to build the army barracks there at Tarama Palms, Goldie River, Moem barracks in Wewak, etc. I worked at Tarama Palms and Moem in Wewak. As a 22 year old, away from home for the first time, I remember the loneliness even though I lived at Gordon Barracks with about 200 others. I also remember the oppressive heat and dust of dry POM. Other thoughts come to mind, like the first time I swam at Ella Beach, no one told me the unwritten rule, 'always wear your sand shoes'. I soon learnt though, especially after I had to walk all the way to the hospital with both feet full of sea urchin spikes. Also it was hopeless for swimming at low tide. I guess you could say, I became a man in Moresby. It was there I learnt to live without family and to stand up for myself against adversity and it was also the beginning of my adult education in the diversity of mankind and how to accept it with joy.
No matter from which land you come from,if you had light skin you were a European, not Aussie, English or Italian, just European. It was there that I met a true friend who became almost as close as a brother. His name was Emile Tavauta. He was a Tolai from Kurategete, a small village 30 miles outside of Rabaul, close to Kokopo. Emile was a plumber's assistant working with a man from Victoria. My assistant, Misiel Bob, also a Tolai, came from Raluana a short distance out of Rabaul on the Kokopo Road. Emile and I hit it off from the very first, I loved talking to him about customs, village life and his family of a wife, Iapin, a son Tatabu, a daughter Gisela and one on the way. Neither of us really liked POM very much, there was too much anger there, it seemed the locals were always at each others throat.
I have many other memories of POM but these are the strongest.
I spent almost two years working in PNG, POM, Wewak, Rabaul,Talasea, Cape Hoskins and Kimbe but the place I loved the most was Rabaul. If anyone Is wondering where I got the nickname (user name) from, it was given to me, long after I had left to 'go pinis' by people back home, listening to my stories of all the kanakas I knew in PNG.

rowanh
25-04-2010, 01:50 PM
Until about 1966, there was a small convent school at Ela Beach, just down the hill from St Mary's Church, and next to a fish & chip shop. I'd say the buildings were ex-Army from WW2. The school was closed around 1966 and a two storey white building erected. Brian Bell on the bottom floor and a Docs' surgery on floor 2. Can you remember the name of the school?

I went to Ela Beach School from '69 to mid '71, grades 3 to 5 ... Rowan Hughes. Teachers were Ms Close, Mrs Price, and Mrs Mouriliyan. Jo Keating was the HM until '69. Rod Hard (retired and now lives in Sydney) was the HM from '70. Rod buried a time capsule at the school in 1970, to be opened in 2000. I wonder if it ever was?

lincnz claims walking around at night was OK in the 70's. I disagree. My father was in PM in 41-42, just after H. Murray died ... it wasn't safe then! We went back in '61 and lived in the DCA flats in Kone. We were there only a few days when a burglar tried to clobber my father. Lae and Madang were fairly safe, until the late '60s. Rabaul could have been much worse if it wasn't for the 3000 police stationed there, and hourly night patrols with search lights!

kanakaken
25-04-2010, 05:55 PM
In 1968 in Port Moresby, I never felt unsafe or threatened and I traveled around on my own all the time. I think the reason was due to the fact of being a 'European', the locals had a certain amount of fear of us or were afraid of the repercussions if they assaulted us. I'm not sure of this of course, it's only a thought and one I didn't have until long after I had 'gone pinis'. There was one time when I was approached by a local while walking back to Gordon Barracks in the early hours of the morning. I noticed him keeping pace with me on the other side of the road. After some time he changed to my side and gradually caught up to me. When he was almost abreast he said, "Moning masta, yu olrait na gutpela ?" or something to that effect. This conversation went back and forth for some time asking where I had been, did I have a girlfriend & " yu puspusim em ??" etc. When he found I hadn't had sex, I guess he figured I was queer and then asked if he could " holim kok bilong yu?" I wasn't too pleased about this and told him off threatening to beat the crap out of him and I stupidly asked him if that was what he wanted. "No masta, tasol mi laik holim kok bilong yu !!" was the reply I got. I was very green in those days and it was quite some time before I learnt that, to the people of this land, homosexuality was as natural as breathing.
Eventually he left for greener pastures and I continued walking until I got back to the barracks and went to bed, dead tired. I told the blokes about it the following day and they all laughed their heads off.
In the future when ever the conversation turned to sexual preferences, I always made it clear in which direction my inclinations were, and accepted without any prejudice, that there were people who thought different to me.
As time went by, things changed as to the safety issue but not while I was there. I think it became worse after independence, for I used to ask the locals what would they do when they got independence. Most commonly the answer would be,"Kill off all the Chinese and take what they had. Then we will kill off all the Europeans too." I didn't really think that this was going to happen but many of the Chinese did, for just prior to independence, there was a mass exodus of Chinese out of PNG.
Rabaul is the only other place that I spent a lot of time in and I felt even less threatened there. Although when I was there in 1988 visiting friends in Gnatur village, I actually was threatened with violence for the first time. It wasn't from a local though, the locals being Tolais, but a bloke who came from some other part of PNG. The fact that I was with a local from Gnatur at the time is probably all that saved me from having a fight.
Cheers.

rowanh
25-04-2010, 08:31 PM
Strolling around in the wee hours was how the gay Europeans met the gay PNG chaps! It was more widespread than you think. My father was fairly senior in DCA, and he had to send a number of employees back to Oz, at the extreme insistence of the Police, in PM, Lae, and Rabaul. The local Mekios were a tribe, and a lot were gay too. They used to hang around the wharf when foreign ships came in.

JennyD
05-10-2010, 02:02 PM
Hi Robyn,

I was in PNG from 62-68 ages (5-12), and went to Boroko East. I remember my English teacher was Mr Hard and he used to call me lolly legs which made me blush because I think I had the biggest crush on him. So many memories are hazy, but I still remember salty plums and ginger, the red stains of betel nut on the ground, meris with their babies and the groceries in the bilums and the dragon at Chinese New Year which scared the life out of me. My dad was a policeman and we moved a fair bit, but I still feel like PNG is home and I know what you mean about never quite belonging anywhere else.

Hope to hear from you,
Jenny (Dyson)

JennyD
05-10-2010, 02:27 PM
Hi Robyn,

Just posted a reply to your message, but not sure where it ended up. Anyway, I was in PNG from 62-68 (ages 5-12) and also went to Boroko East. I can only remember one teacher though, a Mr Hard who used to call me 'lolly-legs' which made me blush.
Other memories which really stand out are eating salty plums and red ginger (yum), going to the drive-in and hanging the speakers on the inside of the car window (was that right?) and running behind my mother's skirt when the Dragon came around at Chinese New Year.
My Dad was a policeman so we moved around a bit (Madang, Moresby and Daru), but I can still rmember some things as clear as if it were yesterday. My mum was Irish and even though it was a culture shock for her, she loved PNG and spoke very fondly of the 'natives'-sorry if its not politically correct to say that anymore.

I agree with you, though, that after growing up in PNG it's hard to ever fit right in anyway else.

Hopefully someone might remember me from school and get in touch,
Jenny
:)

robyn
12-11-2010, 08:18 AM
Hi Jan, I remember a few names you mentioned, Miss McAdam, Mr Redman, Robyn McLaughlin, Teena M, Yvonne Dix.......aahhhh, memories

robyn
12-11-2010, 08:33 AM
Hello Jenny
You must have been a couple of years younger than me. I do recall the name Dyson, though. Was Denise Carey the Head Mistress at Boroko East when you went there? Do you remember any other names of the kids at school at that time?
Robyn

kobokai
23-06-2011, 01:31 AM
Until about 1966, there was a small convent school at Ela Beach, just down the hill from St Mary's Church, and next to a fish & chip shop. I'd say the buildings were ex-Army from WW2. The school was closed around 1966 and a two storey white building erected. Brian Bell on the bottom floor and a Docs' surgery on floor 2. Can you remember the name of the school?

[snip]

lincnz claims walking around at night was OK in the 70's. I disagree.

The school was St Joseph's. I'd forgotten about the new Brian Bell's building, but I don't recall the school being down there. The convent was next to the cathedral, but higher up the hill and back from the road. That's where I thought the school was. The kids used to file down to the fish and chip shop at lunchtime on Fridays. Did the school close in the 1960s? The convent was still active in 1969, when I finished primary at Ela Beach.

During the mid 1970s I walked and hitch-hiked all around Moresby, and as far out as Sogeri, sometimes at night. It wasn't particularly unsafe for a young lad.

MarkRu
23-06-2011, 11:42 AM
My sisters all went to St Josephs. We were there in 67 and 68. I was at PMH. We lived in the house right next to the Catherdral - our parents worked for the Catholic Mission and were teachers and electrician. We loved it there. I was in Form 1 and 2 my years there.

JennyD
23-06-2011, 05:00 PM
Hi Robyn,

Sorry it has taken so long to reply to you. The headmaster's name was Mr Ellison (I remember because I liked his son Bradley) and I also remember having a really nice teacher Maureen Bridge in Standard 5 as well as Ron Hard the next year (1968) before I left to go South. Also Mrs Lohberger Miss Masters and Mrs Stubberfield but I can't remember what they taught. Looked in my old autograph books and the names Julie Banton, Janette Leabeater, Helen McCrae, Andrea Field, Narelle Ford, Christine O'Sullivan, Helen Hopgood, Kym Hogan, Loma Lebrooy, Marianne and Julia Luckie, Chui Lee, Ruth Best, Gladys Seeto, Valyn Bladen, Susan Kennedy, Marilyn Mack, Deborah Austin, Russell Bell and Peter Whitehead come up. Do you ever go to any PNG reunions?

Bye for now,
:)

rowanh
25-06-2011, 06:13 PM
The school was St Joseph's. I'd forgotten about the new Brian Bell's building, but I don't recall the school being down there. The convent was next to the cathedral, but higher up the hill and back from the road. That's where I thought the school was. The kids used to file down to the fish and chip shop at lunchtime on Fridays. Did the school close in the 1960s? The convent was still active in 1969, when I finished primary at Ela Beach.


Bell building is now gone, replaced by a high rise. I was at Ela B. during 69 (Gr. 3) to 71, and for 2 days in 72. It was Jo Keating's last year and Rod Hard (now retired in Sydney) was HM for 70 and 71. She became a school inspector, and Rod Hard went to Murray Barracks. O'Reilly was HM from 72 until the late 80s, I believe. You would have been in Gr6 with Bruce Burcholz, Linda (Libby?) Hurry, Ian Sheehan, and Jeff? Smales.

I don't remember any other kids in the area, so the school must have been moved to Boroko before '69. It was there 61-64 when my older brothers were at Ela B.

kobokai
26-06-2011, 04:27 PM
You would have been in Gr6 with Bruce Burcholz, Linda (Libby?) Hurry, Ian Sheehan, and Jeff? Smales.

Libby Hurrey and Peter Smales. The other two I don't know, so probably a few years older or younger than me.

Some of my Ela classmates over the years are listed below. I think about 20 of these kids were still there in 1969:

Michael Barclay, Debbie Brown, Andrew Carter, Leo Choulai, Jenny Cory, Elsie Dean, Robert Denham, Graham Garlick, Oki George, Steven Gill, Libby Hurrey, Ricky Jones, Wendy Jones, Robert Lees, Trevor Mattingley, Dominic McDonnel, Alistair Miller, Fiona Mooney, Roger Newman, Jenny Parsons, Russell Reed, Sandra Savage, Ian Scragg, Nicky Simmler, Peter Smales, Kobe Steele, June Stumer, Alan Tsang, John Vagi, Kim Wiseman, Billy Young.

I'm Martin Steer. We had two teachers in grade 6, Miss Keating and Mr Clark. If anyone has the class photo for this year, I'd be grateful for a copy. Mine has gone missing.

Cheers.

rowanh
27-06-2011, 12:42 PM
Michael Barclay, Debbie Brown, Andrew Carter, Leo Choulai, Jenny Cory, Elsie Dean, Robert Denham, Graham Garlick, Oki George, Steven Gill, Libby Hurrey, Ricky Jones, Wendy Jones, Robert Lees, Trevor Mattingley, Dominic McDonnel, Alistair Miller, Fiona Mooney, Roger Newman, Jenny Parsons, Russell Reed, Sandra Savage, Ian Scragg, Nicky Simmler, Peter Smales, Kobe Steele, June Stumer, Alan Tsang, John Vagi, Kim Wiseman, Billy Young.

I'm Martin Steer. We had two teachers in grade 6, Miss Keating and Mr Clark. If anyone has the class photo for this year, I'd be grateful for a copy. Mine has gone missing.
Cheers.

I'm Rowan Hughes, 3yrs younger than you, but my two brothers were there before you. Steve was the admiral in the Nov '63 concert HMS Pinafore. I saw Jean Young (Billy's mum) in '86; he's a carpenter in Bris. Mick Barclay became a Qantas captain; his father Kel was in DCA, as was my father. The present HM of Ela-Murray is Sandra Savage, perhaps the same person? See the lo-res jpg from '61. The teachers were:
Prep: Mrs Earle, 1: Mrs Carrier 2: Mrs Jones 3: Mrs Hogg (Close 69-70, Jean Young 71)
4: Eileen Price 5: Mrs Graham (Mouriliyan during 71) 6: Jo Keating (to 69). Ron Clark was special ed., and Gr5.
I believe Mrs. Graham was there from the mid 50s to mid 80s. Jo Keating was HM at Coro' in Lae for 1957, after Breakspear left unexpectedly. She then went to Ela.
I left PNG for good in 73, and have only ever cruised through PNG waters on research boats since then.

rowanh
27-06-2011, 01:52 PM
Current HM is not Sandra but Suzanne Savage, so not the same person

kenw
27-06-2011, 06:01 PM
I need some help to awaken my memories of PNG - I have to say, I'm in awe of everyone's memory skills here! I was at Murray Primary from 1967 to 1970 (gr3-6) but I'd be hard pressed to remember many names of pupils or teachers (altho I have very clear memories of most of the places mentioned). We lived at 39 Wau Ave Murray Barracks - my dad (also Ken) was a WO1 in RAE - his boss was Capt Roberts. My siblings are Elaine, Shane and Susan. Some names that seem to stick in my mind are Greg & Tony Shute (neighbours), Mitch...?, Michael Reichaldt, Paul Vercoe, Paul Napier, Denise Renton, Angela...? Rachel Hunter, Miss Pisini, Mrs Winkle, Mr Shumaker, WO2 Takaru - strongest man I ever met (saw him on TV years later representing PNG in the Brisbane Commonwealth Games - in lawn bowls!). Do any of these names ring any bells?

Ken Jones
01-07-2011, 04:55 PM
Hi Guys

I have just found this site, and the memories have come flooding back, I had two stints in Moresby, the fist as as young kid, living at Boroko, just up from the footy ground, Lahara Ave, I think it was, but not 100% sure , it was along time ago, I was there from 1958 to 1964, lived next door to the Stevens family, Billy, Anne,Joy,Jimmy,Tex, and Beth, went to Coronation School, till I finished promary school in 1964, then returned to Sydney, to attend high school, then returned to Moresby in 1969, till 1972, done various jobs there, with, Papua Hotel, Ansett Airlines of PNG, Correctional Instistution , stationed at Rabaul, Mt Hagen and Madang.
My father George Jones, was the manager of BP's Boroko for many years, as well as Prresident of the Boroko RSL for a number of years as well. Anyway, just a quick introduction, I would love to hear from any old Coronation School students, from my era, or even after that, please feel feel to email me at......www.kjones1953@bigpond.com.

Kind regards......Ken Jones

likliklakatoi
21-11-2011, 10:13 PM
I was six in 68, so I went to Murray Backs primary. I remember listening intently to a small radio in the class room, as Neil took that first step on to the moon. The Chinese stores had lava lamps and apollo moon module models in the windows, that was cool. We did the drive in, cold chicken and Mateus rose
or cianti on the bonnet of the toyota crown. Remember the big brass band at Ela beach, the Macdui, snorkelling at Idlers bay. Dad was at the water transport squadron near the yacht club, each 12 weeks, a party would go out on the landing craft, to fishermans or local island, I would sit atop the barge door and watch flying fish skip over the glassy harbour. the thought of a Dawn service at Bomana on anzac day still moves me. Sageri waterfall and the rubber plantation, ...em nou lookim you.

jaquin
28-11-2011, 12:00 PM
Hi there, I was born/lived in Moresby and left Ela Beach p.s. in 1973 in the middle of year when my father retired and I finished my schooling in England. We lived in Mary St straight above Ela Beach p.s. and can remember Miss Keating/Mr Hard etc. I also remember a Liz Lynch who went to St Josephs and used to catch up with her & her dad at the Kone Club every Friday night after the movies at the bottom of Mary St. I'm trying to locate a photo of my class from grade 5 where we had Mrs Webb as our teacher.

maxienz
21-12-2011, 12:05 PM
hi
i have just found this forum and after reading through it, i think i must know some of you, i was 7 to 13 years old while in Moresby from 67 to 73.

wow it seems like yesterday so many memories of a life long ago i remember my dog mitzi my best mates Clayton and Danny my stingray bike, my crazy father Hank and all his crazy expat mates.

max

margaretdb
11-05-2012, 08:51 PM
There is a Facebook page called "I used to live in PNG" if anyone is interested.Lots of great stories on there

maxienz
17-10-2012, 10:19 AM
your memories of PM are just so clear i am a litte fuzzy with my own but when i read your comments it made me feel like i was there again, i wonder if you can recall Max Vanderharst i too went to Gordon school i remember the maroon uniforms.

Your comments about the drive in the building of the picture theater and going to watch movies is same as my own, i learn't to drive on the old air strip which was across the road from the drive in.

i have so many old photo's of our time in PM it give me much pleasure to just sit and look at them and remember old times, we were very lucky to have had the experience we all shared, PM back then for me was a magic time i would do it all over again in a flash.

my worst memory of PM was leaving my Dog Mitzi behind with friends i cried for days after leaving PM we left in a real hurry i hated my father for leaving her behind she was my dog and best friend for the entire time i lived in PM.

Regards
Max

JosephineGrieve
24-10-2012, 02:36 PM
Hi MEG - are you still there? i was in year 1 with you - am doing some research on that time - would love to chat. do you remember shaylene? susan smales, carol, willi?
HI EVERYONE - does any one have photos of port moresby high...drive in, Port Moresby Yacht Club...
does anyone remember the tamarind tree at ela beach?
does anyone remember what they ate at the drive in? and going down to the front of the drive in?
will look for your reply
cheers,
Jo

meg
27-10-2012, 09:57 PM
Port Moresby High 1972
Hi MEG - are you still there? i was in year 1 with you - am doing some research on that time - would love to chat. do you remember shaylene? susan smales, carol, willi?
Hey Jo, yep still here. oh this is awful - i know your name but having huge trouble with your face. and yes,i remember all those names and a few more. do you remember Di Auchettl?, still in touch with her and just recently made contact with a couple of ppl from primary school. but there was also jenny and another diane from i think murray - agh, brain is old now. Are you on facebook? there are a couple of great pages and lots of ppl i bet you know. email me if you like on meg@samford.net feeling *shame* perhaps you can refresh my memory, coz i know i should know your face
Megan

Andrew Rice
04-11-2012, 04:13 PM
We were in PM 64-69. I was at Gordon primary in 67 and 69, I think. Bit fuzzy around the edges with the memory. I went to the kindergarten at ella beach Still remember the fence being that steel plate they made runways out of, and it over-looked the sea. Got into trouble one day for getting up from lunch to watch a sea plane take off. That was 64. We went back to Sydney for 9 months, Then came back to PM. Started at Murray Barracks, then Coronation. The following year was Gordon, then Cleeland, then Gordon. My mum had a hair dressing salon at the front of the squash courts, over the road from Murray Barracks, and just around the corner from the new olympic pool.

rowanh
14-11-2012, 01:36 PM
> kindergarten at ella beach Still remember the fence being
> that steel plate they made runways out of,

I remember the Ela preshool, and I went to the one at Kone, next to the
scouts. Both built in '58, and also the one in Lae, which is still there.
Marsden (officially Marsten) matting was removed from the Kila airstrip
in 1945. You could get it at the CDW compound on Lawes road. 32C at
Jacksons was ripped up in late '72, so a lot more matting became available.

> getting up from lunch to watch a sea plane take off. That was 64.

That was TAA flight MD85 returing from Lake Murray/Daru, and landed at
11.40am in the harbour, every second Thurdsay. All takeoffs were 8am,
or earlier. Kone preschool had a great view of it landing, and then
taxiing back to the marine base in a huge cloud of spray. That was VH-WWC,
which crashed in 26/Apr/1962. The one you saw was VH-SBV (62-66). There's a
photo of it landing at Kone. My old house is the one directly above
the nearest blister.
http://www.aussieairliners.org/catalina/vh-sbv/vhsbv.html
http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austa/TAAFleet/VH-SBV.html

> My mum had a hair dressing salon at the front of the squash courts,
> over the road from Murray Barracks, and just around the corner from
> the new olympic pool.

There was a petrol station near the corner and Duncan had his Burger Nuttin
van in the driveway. I used to catch the bus from town to the Donald Clealand Pool;
4c for the bus and 10c for the pool. Feet had to be dipped in Kondies crystals,
and the pool was so laced with chlorine that my hair was bright green after half an hour.

Rowan Hughes

Andrew Rice
14-11-2012, 08:26 PM
Hi Max,
You and I may have been at Gordon together.
Cheers, Andrew.

John Adams
01-01-2013, 12:12 PM
[quote=Glenda;69753]I read this and instantly answered, but I remember Tommy Rosser, maybe his younger brother was Johnny, can't really remember.

As for Tommy, Tommy came to visit my parents when they were visiting me in Brisbane about 22 years ago and he had been on Perfect Match!

Tom's parents had a plantation outside Kwikila in Rigo SubDistrict. His siblings are Nikki (now Nikki Nolan), John, Maris and Ian. Tom was the second born, Nikki the eldest.
My late wife and I were married at Kwikila in June 1968. Tom Rosser Sr.,(father of the above) acting in loco parentis, gave away the bride; his brother Harry, who also had a plantation plus a trade store at Kwikila, was my Best Man.

Russel Duncan
12-04-2013, 04:28 PM
Hi Glenda , the fish and chip shop you mentioned was opposite the old Boroko movie theatre...Your right he owned a green sports car which he drove off the side of the cliff on the high road above Koki ( where the road was split ...low going into Moresby and High coming back towards 3 mile hill) .. Boroko movie theatre .where we all went for Sat afternoon matinee...before going to the Drive in.......where if it was your birthday .."Uncle Bill" ( an american guy whom I recall was the projectionist ) would call your name and load you up Lollies etc ...I still recall hot chips smothered in tomato sauce ...... I went to Ella Beach Primary ( for short period ...My mum owned the Groper hole snack bar near pool on ella beach ) ....also the Kai Kai bus , dad had Real estate company in Boroko.. Also went to primary school at Boroko before .I went to Port Moresby High ...Iam still in touch with one of the teachers ...Jenni( damm can't remember what her married name was then ...) but she had a little baby boy she used to bring to school......
Do you remember the dances in the new assembly hall .... or does anyone recall the high school dance at the stadium that was built for the South Pacific Games.....remember getting caught with a girl ( no I will be a gentleman and not say who ) out in the bleechers that night!!
Wow ..found this foprum by accident ,,, brings back so many great memories !!! I have heard there is a Port Moresby High renunion in Brisbane in Sept.

Andrew Rice
12-04-2013, 04:49 PM
Hi Max, What year were you at Gordon? I was there '68-69-70.
Regards Andrew

Mickfitz
16-05-2013, 12:56 AM
What a great thread. Came across a photo of the 1966 grade 5 class on another website yesterday. Today I came across this one.
I was at St Joseph's primary school Port M. from 1965 - 1967 & lived in Murray Barracks. We commuted to school by army jeep/land rover. Every day we'd get the welcoming smell of the Koki market area on the way.

I remember the fish'n chip shop which was indeed located downhill, near the beach from the school. We would wait for the jeep to pick us up after school from around there. Occasionally the owner give us some left over chips from the deep fryer for free & we'd think it was xmas.

Rounders, strict nuns, rugby using a coconut, cricket, mango fights (the riper the better), occasional snake, Richard Gallagher, Michael Wilton were some of my memories of the school.

"West Side Story" at Boroko, "Mary Poppins" in PORT M. cinema, many movies at the Skyline DI. Scout camp that went horribly wrong, when all provisions were lost when the river rose overnight & crocodiles prevented their rescue.

Serving mass with Father Ray (Quirk) at Murray Barracks & Goldie River. Swimming in the Goldie R. & daily at the Murray Barracks pool. Looking for old bullets in the nearby hills. Firecrackers by the case. Houseboys cooking/dressing up for festivals.

Played competitive soccer, cricket & rugby.

Holiday in Wau/Bulolo surrounded by steep mountains. Funny airports. Interesting markets.

Left PNG in 68 to secondary school at Hobart Tasmania. Went back to PNG in '75. My conclusion was that my childhood memories were very different to reality.

chrisitr
18-09-2013, 08:13 PM
Does any one remember Johnny Rosser......a rubber planter,,,
Hi Paud

A nice surprise to see your post as i while away a wet day trawling through the blogs. I found that Googling Koitaki Country Club yielded some interesting bits. The map shows that it has completely gone, being replaced by a rectangular building, possibly agricultural.
Chris

chrisitr
18-09-2013, 08:44 PM
Hi Leo

Seeing you mention Ray Risher at Iarowari Primary reminded me of my time at Sogeri NHS. Ray was my bridge partner and we used to play up at Itikinumu with Peter (?) and his wife. Ray left PNG around 1977 to return to NZ. Sadly he had dengue fever and he died soon after, cared for by his daughter, who is a nurse.

Anne Farrow
19-11-2013, 04:36 PM
I was just browsing around google earth and thought I might take a look at our old house on the corner of Ilimo Av and Basini Pde. I was sad to see that the house seems to have been replaced with units.
My family (George, Fausta, Ken, Suzanne, Anne and Grant Farrow) lived in Boroko around 1965.
I went to Coronation Primary and my brother and sister (Ken and Suzanne Farrow) went to Port Moresby High).
My brother had a crush on a girl called Margaret (she lived on the Paga Hill) and my sister had a crush on some guy named Peter who drove a Honda motorbike we called him Peter Honda hah. I remember my sister's best friend was a girl named Angela.
We were not long termers but I remember our time as the best part of my life.
My Dad worked for John Stubbs Constructions and was very much part of the Aviat Australian Rules Football Club. From that club I remember a name "Dutchy".
We swam at the pool and remember swimming in a water tank up the back somewhere from the pool.
We belonged to the and Nigel Cluer used to swim against my brother (he became a dentist and had a practice in Tugun, Qld).
I loved our house boys, Gideon and Wonga (respectively).
My dad bought a Chev Impala to pick up the boys in the football club because the Peugeot we had wouldn't fit them in.
I remember the family billeting members of the American navy much to my big sisters delight lol.
I remember picnics at Brown River and the big kids jumping from the bridge.
I remember crakers just for the hell of it, outside movies, and generally just running around having fun and finding war stuff. Swimming at Ela Beach and the pontoon mentioned by others and the jellyfish stings!

chris willcox
24-03-2014, 05:43 AM
Does any one remember Johnny Rosser......a rubber planter,,,
yes,first time i ever got drunk at his place age 14 in 1974 i lived at sogeri at the time, then moved to goldie river then murry b dad joined army up there after us kids got belted a few times,probably deserved it,we caused some havoc as young blokes,more so at pom high.dont know what happened to john,i think he worked for the van der-veens.

kafka
04-04-2014, 06:24 PM
I was seconded to the Department of Public Health from the PMG Department on a two year contract in June 1971. I was there by myself, staying in Ranagiri (Ranaguri?) Hostel while looking for a leave house. By the time my wife arrived she had had our second child.

I have so many wonderful memories of our time in Port Moresby. We used to go to the drive in twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays (the program was changed twice a week). What I remember best is that we would get there early so as to be at the front of the queue, grab our favourite spot (in the middle, second row), set ourselves up by laying out a rug in front of the car, unloading an Esky and a couple of fold up chairs and placing the baby's bassinet beside us. I planned to introduce this practice back home but the hill in front of the car was too steep.

I found Port Moresby to be a bit like a colonial town in Africa during the dying days of the British Empire. I was OIC Local Staff Section in the Department of Public Health. The Staff Section was made up of a section which looked after expatriates such as myself and was staffed by white women and the local staff section which looked after the locals and was staffed by Papuans and New Guineans (except for me).

I have fond memories of going to the Papua Cinema to see Tora Tora Tora.
One watched the movie through clouds of cigarette smoke. Part of the way through Tora, etc. the projector operator bumped the projector and for ten minutes we watched the film as it was projected onto the ceiling.

As I have said, it was a wonderful experience. One day I was walking to our flat in Gordon(s?) Estate from my office in Boroko. As has always been my habit, I was conducting a conversation with myself. Michael 1 said "in twenty years time you are going to remember how great it was living in Port Moresby." Michael 2 responded "it wasn't that great, that's just nostalgia speaking". Michael 1 replied "no, it really was a great experience". It really was.

I have so many memories (going to various soft drink factories to buy crates of soft drink, being swept down Brown River in rubber inner tyre, etc.)

I am glad to read that so many other people considered it a wonderful experience.

MurrayGil
12-05-2014, 01:00 AM
Have just found this forum and brings back memories.
I was in 3rd form in 69 and did school certificate in 70 before heading back to Aus. My friend was Claude Tawagi and we are still close friends and see each other often. I remember the Innis Twins, Tina Modshead, Sue Hird, Cathy Allingham, Peta Howarth, Tim Byrne, Mark heinze, Vyonne Dix.
Hope some of these people see this forum and reply.
Gilbert Murray

MarkRu
12-05-2014, 01:09 PM
I did form 1 and 2 in 67 & 68 and left at the end of 68. I was in that class with all those people you mention. They were great time and i loved living there. Were you in form 1 & 2? I have been in contact with some of them over the last few years. Am in Melbourne now. Mark Ruse

MurrayGil
15-05-2014, 12:57 AM
I did not do form 1 and 2 at PMH.
Had great times there. The drive-in, school dances and dances at the Aviat Club. Felt as though there was a party happening every weekend.
I am in Canberra now

Chows Corner
20-05-2014, 07:19 PM
Just came upon this site, and i though wow, same memories man. My parents used to own the corner shop opposite the boroko police station and boroko hotel. Chows Corner on Okari rd i think it was. Used to ride my bike to school about 100m up the road to Coronation primary. I left for boarding school in sydney in 1972/73 i think. My best mates were john lean, Rodney whitfield, Michael lee, wesley lee, Robert Taylor. The cool chicks in our year six year were named rebecca and debbi. My saturdays were consumed by soccer and movie matinees with mates and afternoons at the Cathay club

Andrew Rice
07-11-2014, 12:35 AM
Didn't any one do kindergarten or primary school in the early to late sixties. My Mum was a hair-dresser at the squash court centre, at Korobosea.

jojo1957
13-12-2014, 01:02 PM
HI all,, only Jo (me) in that photo with Margaret, also Jenny Davies (Ithink) and don't know who the other girl is. What a blast from the past.Glenda - you have brought back some memories for me

Dr jacobi's Surgery - mmm, I remember that

Koitaki.... We lived in Sogeri for a year or so (my Dad was in charge of the polcie station in Sogeri for a year or so)

Here are a few photos of the Koitaki Country Club (One is with our friends Jo and Mandy in the pool at Koitaki Country club, 2 of the others are the ladies and gentlement of the Sogeri Lions Clb when they raised the money to buy an ambulance for Sogeri)

I remember the Saturday matinees in Boroko pictures, Pinocchio's cafe was a cool place to hang out. Loved salty plumbs, still do.
The show was always great fun and so cheap arm loads of show bags that were really real. Shopping at steamies and BP. (I rememberall of these)

Going to the swap shop with my magazines and books once a week. I loved reading. (I was just telling someone about this the other day. I was a fan of "June and School friends" picture novels)

mikekennedy
19-01-2015, 10:31 AM
There was a Catalina Flying boat dumped down near the end of the runway in Moresby. I think there was also a mock-up plane there that the firies used to light up and practice their stuff on. If I remember correctly, you went past a sports field (cricket pitch and AFL?), and then the Aero Club to get to it. Back the other way were aircraft hangers and then the main "terminal". I seem to recall that so long as you stayed away from the main terminal area, it was OK to explore not only the Catalina, but also the real planes that were parked on the airport.

I lived at Jacksons in the house up from the sports field,. last house before the workers compound. My father was Airport manager 1968 until independence. Remember the old Catalina very well used to play in it and swim in the waterhole just down from it. Mate of mine stole all the keys out of all the light planes at the areo club one Sunday Really caused a stink.

rowanh
19-01-2015, 01:22 PM
I lived in that house from Jan to April '72. Your father Lloyd went on leave for 4months and my father George filled in. We were based in Madang. Dad filled in PM and Lae. The Lae manager was John Moffat.

In Dec 70 George was the business manager for DCA, and he bought the Erma Motel, to be used for the Aviation College. The Erma owner had a party to use all the remaining booze. Lloyd and George got through several single malts, some expensive claret, and a box of Winterman cigars.

Left Madang in Feb 73, and went to Townsville. Dad's last job was manager at Adelaide, but only for a matter of weeks. Died in '82.

Some kiwis saved the Catalina and took it to NZ in 79. They still haven't finished restoring it! It was used to smuggle gold and opium in the 50s, between Macau and Saigon, registered as VR-HDH. It took gold from the Casinos, and flew drugs back from Vietnam.

Rowan Hughes

mikekennedy
18-02-2015, 04:16 PM
Yes that is correct my fathers name was Lloyd, my mums name was Judith and she worked at the south Pacific Post as a proof reader. Used to give her hell if we found a mistake in the paper. I remember them going on leave that time, They went to New Zealand i was in NZ at that time having just got married and they came over to meet the new daughter in law. Dad was offered the job of Director of Civil Aviation with the new Government and also Airport Manager Brisbane. He took the Brisbane option as he had nearly 30 years of service with DCA and was looking to retire in Brisbane, where we originally came from. We were a bit like you in some ways as Dad was an air traffic controller, and we often moved from place to relieve someone. Rockhampton, Mackay, Cairns and twice back to Brisbane. Moresby was his longest stint, 9 years, first 4 as an air traffic controller.

rowanh
24-02-2015, 05:23 PM
There's a bit of Jacksons history at
http://www.airwaysmuseum.com/Jim%20Schofield%20biog.htm
(Click the photos to see captions.) Jim was the 3rd and last RD of TPNG. A national called Joe Tauvasa took over in 1976. The Aviat school was sold off in mid 80s, and no longer operates.

Brian Lee, a long time in TPNG, took over Brisbane circa 1983. He was the last civil servant to run YBBN.

Helentaglia
23-03-2015, 09:11 AM
Hi everyone,
It's been awesome reading everyone's experiences back home. I was born at the Moresby general hospital, Dr Kerry, Dr Jacobi and Dr Roma Cavill were practitioners at that time. While most of you were living in PM at the time you were all older so I don't recognise anyone's names and unfortunately can't match your name to ever meeting you until now.
I am very grateful to Glenda who has started this forum and all it's users as it's brought back the best of life in Moresby.
I attended Kone preschool in 67-68 and distinctly recall a lovely lady greeting me at the door and a great big wooden cubby house which we had hours of fun in.
I went to Korobosea Primary A school until grade 5, 1974 then started boarding school for grade6 and secondary school in Sydney.
I remember striding over muddy patches at the korobosea drive enterance.
I remember we all had a fantastic marble collection and couldn't wait for recess and lunchtime breaks.
I remember having classes over a loud speaker in a classroom sometimes and felt we were too far away.
I remember my friends playing elastics and cartoon character games which was endless fun.
I remember mangos falling on the bonnet of our car when they were ripe and collecting them for breakfast.
I remember Peter our houseboy who was a natural in the kitchen and cooked the most delicious meals, and never having to wash dishes.
I remember finding the best dirt tracks on my bike and going up and down hills.
I remember the coconut restaurant with the best nasi goreng ever.
I remember our neighbours, Cecilia,Bob, the Popes, the Scott's, the Whitheads and Deidres cat ginger.
I remember always having a supply of salty plums, and natives eating and spitting battle nut which was always grosse.
I remember the filthy Koki markets but fantastic produce and amazing Buka baskets.
I remember swimming forever at Idlers Bay and then falling asleep on the beach.
The Hibiscus, gorgeous bougainvillaea, stunning sunsets, moo moo parties, long dresses with bright big colourful prints,the bird of paradise colours, the Mary's always carrying their bubs in slings and baskets on their heads, the brass band at Ela beach, the wards matinee in the afternoons on the weekends, seeing Clinton Eastwood for the first time on the big screen at the Skyline drive in and falling in love with him forever, the birthday lollies and wishing everyone happy birthday also, finding our car in a row after playing at the front of the drive in, I remember crockpot dinners and chairs set up, Christmas time when no body complained, and mum always finding parking at the post or Bp's.
I remember that it was not always safe with the natives during the day.
I remember going to after school care sometimes up from and around the corner from Korobosea primary but don't know who ran it and would be forever grateful if I could find out, having a friend Cindy and Cassandra whom I never saw again but have them with me everyday of my life. Does anyone remember these girls from primary? and if they know where I could find them? Email anytime also welcome helentaglia@yahoo.com

Helen Tagliabue ,Adelaide SA, then Katalanos

rowanh
24-03-2015, 05:52 PM
Helen,
you can find info about many PNG identities on the Kiap site www.pngaa.net/resources/vale. Jim Jacobi (1926-2009) went to Moresby in 1952 after graduating from UQ. He left about 1992 and retired to the Gold Coast. Brian Bell arrived in '54 and remained a significant citizen until 2010 when he passed on.

I also went to the Kone preschool 63 and 64. Used to watch the Catalina land on Thurdsay mornings. We lived in the DCA flats nearby. These were demolished in the 80s and the site is now the flats for the Aust. High Commission, which I've heard is full of low life!

Moresby was the big smoke but you could'nt really drive any where. Not without getting rocked. These days you'll get shot at. My favorite place was New Ireland. The Boluminsky Highway is 193km long and is still the best drive in PNG. Drove it in 1969. Built in 1910.

Helentaglia
27-03-2015, 06:58 AM
Thanks Rowanh for your message :)

It's great to hear a mix of the old and new PNG, I doubt I would ever return, perhaps a port stop on an island cruise but who knows it would feel to strange without my folks with me. It was getting very dangerous after independence so I can imagine there wouldn't be much conformity now.

Surprisingly real estate prices are exhorberant in Moresby who would have thought an old weatherboarded house on stilts with a complete Reno needed would have a price tag over $A million +??

I haven't heard of the Boluminsky highway before it sounds super, I may put it on my bucket list after all lol.
I had a look at the Kiap website but need to try again as I couldn't find any links to my friends. Any other suggestions would always be received with immense gratitude.

I hope you have agreat day.

subway14
27-03-2015, 07:22 AM
nothing, I wasn't alive then :(

Helentaglia
27-03-2015, 06:47 PM
Thank you for replying :)

Barnabykyte
26-05-2015, 10:38 PM
Hello, Seems I predate a lot of the posts. I arrived in Port Moresby on the 23 January 1954 aged 10 years old.
My mother, younger sister and I arrived to join my farter. We first lived at Konedobu and I attended Ela Beach primary school when Mr Paul was my teacher. We later moved to Boroko Drive where Ororo Crescent joined back to Boroko Drive at I guess would be the South east end.
I attended Boroko Primary school and Miss Keating was my teacher. Mr Bill Woods was principal. His three children attended the school as well. Peter Woods was the eldest and Lyn Woods was the youngest but I cannot recall the middle girl's name.
My father was a keen photographer and I have hundreds of black and white and some coloured photos from 1953 (when he arrived) to November 1957 when we went pinish.
Love to hear from anybody of the same period. I read the post from Helentaglia and the things she remembers. I remember some of the things you remember Helen. Like the smell at Koki Markets but yes, we bought fish and produce there. I have written a lot of my memoirs about Moresby then as it was...... Peter

rowanh
27-05-2015, 12:07 PM
Peter,
1954 would have been about the start of the residential building boom. The city centre (in photo) still looked the same even in 1973 when I left.

There's some reminiscing about Jo(sephine) Keating earlier in this thread. She was HM at Ela from 1958 to 1969, when she left to become the PNG inspector of schools. As I recall she was in her mid 40s and a heavy smoker so I guess she's long gone.
In 1957 the HM at Coronation Drive in Lae was one Mr Breakspear, and he was notorious for seriously belting kids. He not-unsurprisingly suffered from simultaneous broken legs and went pinis. Jo Keating was sent to Lae as the temp HM. She then went to Ela in 58. My older brothers were there from 61 to 64 and she was HM then.

Barnabykyte
28-05-2015, 08:08 AM
Hello Rowanh, Not too sure if you have ever heard of Stuart Hawthorn (I think his website is pngbooks or something like that) but in a couple of emails we also wrote about Miss Keating. Muat have been quite a lady! I cannot recall what she looked like in detail, but I think she was a attractive lady in 1955 or so. She had a saying that would not go over too well now-a-days. She would say to me, when I messed up,
"I pull your arm off and hit you with the soggy end if you do not behave"
Never knew her Christian name. My sister is three years younger than me and her teacher at Boroko was Mrs Prentice. Danny Prentice worked for DCA (Department of Cilly Aggravation as my father referred to it as) as did my father. Dad worked at the Marine Base in Moresby. He went all over PNG but we, as kids at school, never got past Moesby.
I note in one of your posts, you mention the Catalinas. We went to Moresby in a Sandringham. Left Redland Bay at 1am in the morning and arrived in Moresby at 3pm in the afternoon, after stopping at Townsville for breakfast and again in Cairns. I ate, drank and slept aeroplanes in those days in Moresby and the Marine Base was just the place for me. When we lived at Konedobu, I would get off the bus from Ela Beach school at the base and mess about there until dad knocked off. QANTAS operated Sandringham, Beaver and Catalina flying boats in PNG then. There were three "crash launches" operating as well. CA61 was my favourite. My parents friend "Curley" Ross was a shipper and I got to go on CA61 quite a bit We went to Fishermans Island as there was an emergancy air strip maintained there. Those were the free and easy days before all the OH&S and security that governs our lives now-a-days. The attached is an early colour slide that may interest. Colour is a bit wishy washy now but then the slide is probably 60 years old now!!..... Peter

rowanh
28-05-2015, 10:15 AM
The Cat is VH-EBD, scrapped 1959. The 1950s Qantas fleet can bee seen here: http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austcl/QantasFleet/QantasFleetx.html
Qantas stopped the Sandringham service in 1957, and TAA took over in the early 1960s. Qantas also flew a weekly DC4; Bris, PM, Lae, from 1948 to 1960.

The DCA crash boat was skippered by Brian Darcey around 1956 and he went to Rabaul in 1957. See http://www.darceyco.com/ He's got a lot of blogs if you poke around on this site.

My father was in DCA, and we lived in the Kone flats, #1 at the front and closest to the power station. These were demolished in the early 80s, and the Aus High Commission built new flats in their place. I'm not familiar with the names you've mentioned as I was there a good 10yrs after you. I did end up living in most places in PNG, for at least 6 months. Lae and Rabaul were certainly a lot more picturesque than PM, and you could drive to a lot more places out of town. As mentioned above, New Ireland was my fav.

rowanh
28-05-2015, 05:39 PM
There was a Johnny Woods whose band was Johnny and the Deewais. May be a brother of the Woods you mention. He would have been in his mid-20s in 1971. They always played at the Aviat on Friday nights. One of the band members was Larry Danielson.

In 1981 Danielson and McHardie blew up a Woolies in NSW when woolies refused to pay a huge extortion demand. They were caught and jailed. Danielson died in 2014. See
http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2456350/crimes-files-bold-trail-of-extortion/

Johnny and the Deewais were still going strong when my brother left in 1974.

mikekennedy
09-07-2015, 01:23 PM
I seem to remember that John Woods was called Johnny DY and his band was called Johnny DY and The Splinters, I could be wrong as it was 1967 when I last saw them at the DCA club in Lae.

rowanh
10-07-2015, 07:43 PM
The DCA club in Lae was the CDW Club on Huon Drive (originally Ellery's Road). Razed about 2013. Or perhaps the TAA Club. Levelled in the mid 80s to make way Air Niuguini's new Lae International. The RSL was the usual venue for live bands in Lae. The Aviat in Kone is still going now; see the 1965 image. The old Mercedes was owned by Bob Baird. His wife owned the blue Isuzu Bellet.

See the stairs near the Pugeot 403. I got my first bit of crumpet under those stairs on a Friday night many years ago.

I can't remember how they spelled deewhy, but it means wood or timber in Pidgin, hence derived from "Woods". My brother has reminded me that the Aviat band on Friday night was usually the "Free Beats", and the DYs more often played at the Boroko CDW.

mikekennedy
11-07-2015, 02:59 PM
another band that used to play on Saturday Nights at the Comm Works Club in Boroko in the late 60's was GD and The Pirates.

rowanh
13-07-2015, 06:02 PM
There was also the Kone Club. The building is still there (as at 2013), but is empty. They also had bands. I believe the old Boroko CDW club house became the new Mandarin Club.

The Spring Garden Road Pub also had live band shindigs on Saturday nights. Mostly catering to Hanuabada/Porena residents. It just wasn't a big Saturday without a fatality or two. One of the Spring Garden DCA residents, Ede I think he was, found a stiff on a Sunday morn with the head kicked through his cyclone mesh fence.

The Aviat manager was James "Digger" Annand. He was last seen managing a pub in Pt Macquarrie. His pro boxing lasted four contests. He did a promo fight with Joe Frazier in the Murray Stadium.

RonG
26-08-2015, 02:36 PM
Hi to all who have posted on this forum.
I just found it and have had a simply awesome time reading through and being taken down memory lane.
I was in Moresby from 1968 to 1973.
I was in grade 6 at Murray Barracks Primary where Mr Chapman was my teacher. I lived in Hohola just adjacent to the barracks fence where my dad worked at the Electricity commission training school.
My memories from grade 6 are Erma Yip and having red hot chilis put in my eyes in the first week of being there.
Swimming in the pool in the barracks and getting green hair as a result.
And meeting my best mate Ashley Renton.
I went to PMHS forms 1,2 and 3.
I loved the life up there and the freedom we had was amazing.
Brown River jumping off the bridge.
Crystal Rapids, Ela beach where me and my friends slept a few nights...
My mates at PMHS were Shane Spencer, Eric Lawton, Les Scott, Chris Gaywood??, Martin Belfied, Geoff Howarth ( Moon), Uki Nemanin, Mervin Dim, to name a few.
We never seemed to be in class as we were always out riding our bikes somewhere. We often ended up at the scramble track where the motocross bikes and go carts raced.
I ended up at boarding school in Charters Towers in 1972 but use to come back to Moresby for all the holidays. One holiday which holds great memories was spent hanging out with Roxanne Dewitt and Jannette Leabeater and my old mate Ashley who came up from Sydney to stay with me. We had a blast together that summer.
One of my fondest memories from the drive-in theatre was throwing toads at the screen during the movie. We all use to just hang out on the grass patch below the screen.
Another memory I have is visiting an old copper mine in the Loloki Valley that was purported to have been owned by Errol Flynn. Does anyone else remember that?
Well I would love to hear from anyone who's name I have mentioned or anyone else who thinks they might have been in the same years/ years at PMHS.
Cheers
Ron

Barnabykyte
27-10-2015, 04:40 PM
Hello All, Attached is a photo of two of burns Philip ships at the wharf in Moresby in about 1955. I think the one to the left is the "Braeside" but I do not know the other. Can anyone identify her please. My dad took the photograph while we were living there from 1953 to end of 1957.

Barnabykyte
27-10-2015, 04:53 PM
Hello All, Here is another that some one may know some one from 1955 at Boroko Coronation School. It was my sister and my birthday party at our place on Boroko Drive opposite Ororo Crescent southern end. I have circled a couple of the McNeill's and myself. I do remember others. The Giles brothers are there as well as Peter Woods (His father was the headmaster at Boroko School) and Terry Griffin is in front...........

rowanh
28-10-2015, 05:05 PM
The full BPs fleet can be found here:
http://www.shf.org.au/archives-research/photographic-collections/the-burns-philp-collection/

Barnabykyte
28-10-2015, 07:28 PM
Hello Rowanh, interesting photo. Attached is one taken in about 1954. Same place? My photo was the Aviat Club at Konedobu. They obviously put the verandas on later and built the houses behind My mother and sister are walking to the right of the photo. I think this was at the Christmas party for the kids. I was too young to what could go on under the stairs!! Santa came in a Bell 47 Helicopter that belonged to World Wide Airways if my memory serves me correctly. My dad took a movie film of that.

rowanh
29-10-2015, 04:02 PM
I will show the ship photo to an old salt from the Bulolo (55-68).

The original Aviators Club was, I believe, was at the Four-mile Kila Strip, which is now a part of Pari Road. It existed from 1945 to about 1948. Contrary to popular belief the present Club was built well after WW2. The pair of old sheds in the car park were there from 1939 onwards. (My father was in PM and Milne Bay 41-43.)

The large block house behind the Club (demolished 1970 for new squash courts) was a boiler house, and not the much speculated parachute drying shed. The fuel oil was in the top half and the steam boiler was in the bottom.
There was also another boiler house over near the DCA flats. I suspect it was a part of the Qantas or RAAF Mess, which closed before we returned to PNG in 1961.

I saw a photo of Kone from 1940. There was a 9-hole golf course, the two old sheds adjacent to the Club, and a few tents. Champion Pde cut through the middle of the course, and went into town via Old Port Road.

Barnabykyte
29-10-2015, 07:01 PM
Interesting about the "Old Salt" from BP. I have on my book shelf Brett Hilder's book "Navigator of the South Seas" I belong to a writers group "Caboolture Writers Link" and we had a member Don Shand who was an Engineer on the Bulolo and served under Brett Hilder.
Thanks for the link to BP's ships, but I had already looked at that. I am sure I identified the Braeside but not the other.

rowanh
30-10-2015, 07:43 PM
Not Brett H. This old salt is a relative of mine. He was on the BPs roster from '54 to '69, AdSteam from '70 to '81, and MTL until '04. If it was a BPs tub then Ed will know its name.

You could send a copy of the photo to Jonathan Ritchie at Deakin. He has a fair bit of knowledge of Pacific shipping (jonathan.ritchie AT deakin DOT edu DOT au)

rowanh
30-10-2015, 09:40 PM
The old tub in the '54 pic appears to be the Montoro (1), which BP sold to Wah Shang in 1948. Built 1911 and 4057t. The (canoe X) elliptic, or yacht, stern is indicative of a pre-1930s build; in fact pre-WW1.

The new owner did not bother to paint on their funnel emblem, if they had one. BP may well have chartered it for a few runs in the 50s, when the cargo demands exceeded their capacity. A common practice in shipping. Even more common in the airline business.

rowanh
04-11-2015, 10:40 AM
... Santa came in a Bell 47 Helicopter that belonged to World Wide Airways if my memory serves me correctly. My dad took a movie film of that.

Your memory is OK. It was World Wide Air Services Pty Ltd. They were a local PM company setup by World Wide Helicopter Services (US-based). They were the biggest operators of choppers in the world. They hired out choppers for oil search projects, and later for remote mining. They kept their machines with US registration until DCA clamped down circa 1960. They then became Helicopter Utilities (Aus), but used short-term a/c imports.

I cant find the Bell-47 rego anywhere so it must have been a US import. A/c are much easier to track down compared with ships.

I remember when WWH lost an S-58 in Kieta and the pilot was injured, and medivaced to Rabaul at night. About mid-66. Dad set up cars with headlights and portable runway lights so the Baron could land in the dark. Rabaul was a bitch of a place to land at during the day, let alone at night.

kafka
19-11-2015, 03:25 PM
Further to an earlier post of mine, I worked with the Department of Public Health in Port moresby at the Boroko Office. When I first arrived in June 1971, having left my pregnant wife and toddler son in Sydney, I stayed for some time in Ranaguri Hostel on the outskirts of POM and near the department's head office at Konedobu. I believe the hostel was meant to house single (or unaccompanied) public servants. I have searched the internet for any reference to the hostel but found absolutely nothing.

Life at the hostel was great. I had a very small room with a bed , wardrobe and coffee table but not much else. When I was first taken to my room I was told by the Health Department man That i would need to pay the house boy $2.75 a week to clean my room and do the washing and ironing. I was taken aback and told him that I thought I should pay more, say $7, but he chastised me saying that if I did that all the house boys would want the same!

The small charge for a room included a hearty breakfast in an enormous canteen, a pre-packed lunch with fruit, and a three course dinner in the evening.

I would be interested in knowing what happened to the hostel and if anyone else stayed there.

rowanh
20-11-2015, 12:18 PM
...I stayed for some time in Ranaguri Hostel on the outskirts of POM and near the department's head office at Konedobu.

My sister-in-law lived in the Admin hostel up at the top of Spring Garden Road, 69-71, then married quarters at Tokorara. Looking at GE, the Ed Dept building is still there, but only a handful of Comm' houses. My parents paid a nominal $15/fortn. for a DCA house.

It was a different story if you had signed on while in PNG. No paid leaves, nor any perks. One DCA employee at Kone was a Kokoda veteran and stayed on after WW2. He started with DCA in 1953 in Moresby. When he died while still working the widow and kids were given one week to vacate the house and no free tickest back to Aus.

From memory my parents paid the hired help 5$/pw + accom + occasional bail in 1970. He was always getting into fights at the Spring Garden Road Pub. Even more interestingly, when he was doing a two week stretch at Bomana dad inspected the boy haus, and found all sorts of gay paraphernalia tucked under his bed. Wigs, lipstick, bras, etc.; all thieved from around town. I guess that explained the fights.

kimdj
01-06-2016, 07:59 PM
I was born at Tamara? Hospital in Port Moresby in 1963, my family moved all around PNG. My dads name was Bill Benham and I was wondering if anyone has heard of him? I have many, many vivid memories of a childhood like no other child living in Australia would ever visualize. We left in 1973 as one night a kanaka attempted to break in through the trap door in my bedroom, that was enough. I loved my childhood in PNG and found it very hard to adapt to arriving in Australia.

likliklakatoi
01-06-2016, 08:58 PM
I dont know your father Kimdj, but I certainly emphasise with your difficulty to re settle as a child in Australia. I have memories from 1-6 on the north shore of sydney before PNG, but the 4 years in PNG from 1968 leaves an indelible imprint of colourful memory, that remains as intense as it was on first impression. at 54years, I can recall most of that time. such a diverse place, incredible beauty soured by acts of incredible cruelty, what a contrast. Moving back to Brisbane in 1972 was hard, a cold traditional brick school,restricted freedom, suburbia, need I go on. We adapt and move on, sit on the beach some where in north queensland near a coconut tree, inhale the tropics, it wont be long before you feel at home and recharge. go-isi, nokenwori, lookimu.

rowanh
04-06-2016, 12:13 AM
at Tamara? Hospital

That would be the PM General Hospital on Taurama Road. It's still there now.

Jim Jacobi (1926-2009) was the first civilian practitioner in PM after WW2, and was also the only permanent GP at the hospital for many years. He may well have delivered you. (His #2 Izawadi came about '65. They had a practice at Tabiri Place.)

There was a school of medicine setup at UPNG quite hurriedly about 1968. The majority of student enrollments in '69 were local Australian expats. The colonial experiment was generally a bit of a closed shop until '73.

Hayden
01-07-2016, 07:11 PM
I went to Korobesa Primary School in 1969. Then to PMHS for forms 1, 2, and 3. We came back to Australia in 1974. One of my sisters Wendy, was a year behind me at school. I was pretty forgettable.

Hayden
01-07-2016, 07:16 PM
Sharon Boyce had a brother called Peter. Peter and I were great mates.

Glenda
04-07-2016, 06:38 PM
Sharon Boyce had a brother called Peter. Peter and I were great mates.
Hi Hayden, Sharon Boyce was my best friend at high school, sadly once I left to go to school in Melbourne we lost touch. I used to have sleep overs at their house, their parents were lovely as we're both Peter and Sharon.

Hayden
04-07-2016, 06:50 PM
I lost contact with Peter in the 1970's when we came back to Australia.

robert leys
25-11-2016, 04:26 PM
hello all out there ,
saw this site by chance yesterday,and a flood of memories came back!
would really like to get in contact with any one from PNG,and specifically those
who went to Ela Beach Primary School,from '63 to '68,when I left in 5th class to go to boarding school down south,as the saying went.
I have a few names....leo choulai,debbie and simon brown,[brother and sister] elizabeth hurrey,
michael barclay,margaret barclay[no relation]ronnie curtis,john curtis[no relation].
reading the posts made me very nostalgic,hearing about things like the Drive In,wards,the yacht club,chows corner,Local island,Fisherman's island, etc.

we lived on davara road,and my parents threw some monumental parties there.
They were Bob and Pattie Leys,and my older sister was Deborah Leys[Debbie],unfortunately all deceased.

Have so many stories that I'd love to share,and am having a significant birthday next year,as we all are,and really want to catch up with you.

look forward to hearing from you,and we could exchange email etc.

robert leys,
sydney,aust.

DrColl
23-02-2017, 08:40 PM
hello all out there ,
saw this site by chance yesterday,and a flood of memories came back!
would really like to get in contact with any one from PNG,and specifically those
who went to Ela Beach Primary School,from '63 to '68,when I left in 5th class to go to boarding school down south,as the saying went.
I have a few names....leo choulai,debbie and simon brown,[brother and sister] elizabeth hurrey,
michael barclay,margaret barclay[no relation]ronnie curtis,john curtis[no relation].
reading the posts made me very nostalgic,hearing about things like the Drive In,wards,the yacht club,chows corner,Local island,Fisherman's island, etc.

we lived on davara road,and my parents threw some monumental parties there.
They were Bob and Pattie Leys,and my older sister was Deborah Leys[Debbie],unfortunately all deceased.

Have so many stories that I'd love to share,and am having a significant birthday next year,as we all are,and really want to catch up with you.

look forward to hearing from you,and we could exchange email etc.

robert leys,
sydney,aust.

Hi Robert! I went to Korobosea Primary for 1 year, then Port Moresby High from 1970. Would love to chat re the good old days!
Cheers,
Collette (Ryan)

Chows Corner
08-10-2017, 11:38 PM
Hi Robert,
I stumbled upon this site a few years back..but haven't been back till now. I came upon your post about your memories..and amazingly i saw that one of your enduring memories was of Chows corner. That was my dads shop. We traded in clothing, bonds T shirts, toys, watches and transistor radios. We catered mainly for the expats. Directly opposite from the main police station. I spent my primary years at Coronation Primary down the road, and my best mates were Michael bain (whose parents owned an aquarium), Michael Lee, wesley lee, john lean, rodney whitfield and Robert Taylor, who was a few years older but was a whiz at soccer so we looked up to him. I remember vaguely that the two hot girls in our year were two girls called Debbie (Surname I can't remember) and Rebecca Norton. I was sent to boarding school for high school in Sydney round about 73-74. My parents left a few years after independence, when i was in Form 3. I remember there were special charter jets that use to take all the school kids back to brisbane and sydney when Holidays had ended. Theses tended to take off like at 1 am so they would land in australia after morning curfew. Sadly my dad Michael Chow, passed way some 17 years back, and my older sister Caren about 7 years ago. Mums still here as is my older brother Gary.

The Drive in, Wards Cinema, Brown River, River meets the Sea, Anzac Day marches, Cathay Club ( where i use to spend hours in the pool room or in the pool), Arthurs Pies, rex restaurant, The green jade restaurant, the Oyster bar (the Fish and Ship shop behind us run by a german family who's kids had flaming red hair, and who's potato scallops I ate by the tons) are a few of the fond memories. I still have friends and cousins who live there, but I haven't been back for some 30 yrs. My cousin recently went back and took piccies of our old shop (we lived above it). Its still there, but is now a takeaway chicken shop.

GraemeScott
22-10-2017, 05:11 PM
Hi there. I have just found this web site. I have been looking for a point of contact for PNG for years.
I left Ranaguri just before you arrived....absolutely loved my time there. I have lots to add, but I'm on holidays in Qld without a laptop, and doing this on my phone will take too long.
I do have a question though. Staying in Ranaguri on a permanent basis the was a wonderful Dutchman, G.M. van Musschenbroek, better known as Bert. Did you ever run into him?