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aussie 02-02-2002 05:29 PM

Morobe Province
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Lae is situated in the Morobe Province and is accessible by road by many parts of New Guinea.

Morobe Province curves around the tropical waters of the Huon Gulf. The Saruwaged Mountains, rising from the sea at the tip of the Huon Peninsula are blanketed by tangled and impenetrable rainforest.

To the south-west, the fertile Markham Valley rests between equally awesome ranges while the waters between Huon Peninsula and New Britain are dotted with volcanic islands.

The Hinterland and coast of Morobe Province offers spectacular sightseeing, a wonderland of flora and fauna and numerous walking tracks, particularly near the Wau and Bulolo areas. A network of roads connects the capital city of Lae with Madang to the north west, through the markham Valley to the Highlands in the west and south to the Highland areas around Wau and Bulolo.

Lae is the second largest city in Papua New Guinea and was a tinymission station before the 1920's gold rush at Wau transformed it into a major port and industrial centre. It was the last place to farewell famous pioneering American aviator Emilia Earhart, as she took off on one of the final legs of her round the world flight before disappearing without a trace.

Lae was also the strategic base for the Japanese during World War II. The graves of thousands of allied soldiers killed in battle can be visited at the Lae War Cemetery, situated within the grounds of Lae's Botanical Gardens.

Known as the "Gardne City", modern day Lae is an attractive, tropical city well serviced by banks, international standard hotels, department stores, local markets and street stalls selling produce and artefacts.

aussie 02-02-2002 05:32 PM

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One of the largest supermarkets, Anderson's Foodland situated in Eriku, Lae. The original building was burnt down some years back and was rebuilt.

aussie 02-02-2002 06:34 PM

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Aseki Range, Morobe Province

aussie 02-02-2002 07:05 PM

Markham River, Morobe Province
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Markham River, Morobe Province

aussie 03-02-2002 02:40 PM

The Rainforest Habitat
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When in Lae, dont forget to visit the Rainforest Habitat which occupies an area of over 3,000 square metres, and has been purposedly built to create a display of some 15,000 native and exotic plants, and 21 species of birds.

Included in the display, you will find the magnificent Raggiana Bird of Paradise as well as crocodiles, lizards, butterflies, turtles, frogs and fish.

Situated at the University of Technology, approx. 15 minutes drive from Lae CBD:

aussie 03-02-2002 05:32 PM

Eriku Roundabout
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Junction near Andersons, Eriku:

aussie 03-02-2002 05:36 PM

Oval, Eriku, Lae
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Oval, opposite tradestores in Eriku Lae: Note the potholes...yes, Lae hasnt changed, still pothole city, however, there are now nice new roads around the market areas and other areas of the city.

aussie 03-02-2002 07:32 PM

Cattle Grazing
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Papua New Guinea imports most of its beef and milk. In 1900 there were about 250 cattle (bulmakau in tok Pisin) mainly brought in by German missionaries. Although the number had grown to about 30,000 by 1940, there was no real cattle industry before World War II.

Although the country's surface area is about 470,000 sq km, only about five per cent is considered suitable for high production graziing.

aussie 03-02-2002 09:57 PM

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This picture was taken in 2nd Street Lae in 2001.

aussie 03-02-2002 10:00 PM

Lae - 2nd Street
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The old Burns Philip corner opposite the old Lae Post Office.

Now another supermarket occupies the building:

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