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wendyemc 25-09-2003 12:40 AM

another blast from the past - photos of Lae from the 50's and 60's.
 
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Have just got back from visiting my Dad in the Blue Mountains and came home with a treasure trove of memorabilia: some postcard photos Mum sent my grandmother over the years we lived in Lae and a complete 1966 PNG phone book, which unfortunately would be too hard to read if I reduced it down to a size small enough for this forum. It certainly triggered some memories for me, though, and if anyone else is interested they can get in touch with me personally.

Meanwhile, here are the first of the photos, most of which are self-explanatory.

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Photo 6 - the last one for now as it's past my bedtime:-) I'll post some more tomorrow or later in the week.

muppie 25-09-2003 10:57 AM

Doesn't look much different to now :D

wendyemc 30-09-2003 08:51 AM

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Some more Lae photos. Thanks for the link to the new photo page, BTW, Aussie. When it's up and running and you have a link to it on your main page I'll certainly make use of it.

Regards, Wendy

wendyemc 30-09-2003 08:54 AM

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Photo 8 - again, self explanatory. This one has special significance for me as it's where my husband first took me to dinner when we started dating.

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Next photo. This one helped me orient my memories of Lae: One of Scott Martin's Chinese New Year photos showed the Commonwealth Bank, which used to be on the corner of Coronation Drive and 6th Street, next to a large white building I thought was Anderson's. I can see from this photo, though, that Anderson's was between BP's and Kam Hong's. Using the 1966 PNG phone book I mentioned in an earlier post to clue me in, the white building in Scott's photo has to be the New Guinea Company. But enough rambling: this piecing together the jigsaw puzzle of past memories is probably of interest to no-one but me. BTW, can anyone tell me who owned the Highland Products store in 4th Street opposite Lae Theatre back in the 60's?

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Photo 14: Lae golf course, the last one for now. I'll post some more later in the week.

Scott Martin 30-09-2003 09:35 PM

Lae in the 1960's
 
I am fortunate to have my mother, Barbara Martin, staying with me for a few days. Mother lived in Lae from the early 1950's until 1974 and is a wealth of information about Lae of old. Mind you she is getting on a bit and wants it known that the memory can be a little hazy at times.

Mother advises that the shop in 4th Street you enquired about was called "Betty's Green Shop", owned by Betty Crowley and stocked with greens and vegetables flown in from the Highlands by her husband Laurie Crowley (Crowley Airways).

Eric Whitton also sold fresh vegetables in his shop on 7th Street, between Yuk Chee Wong and Jimmy Birrell's Century Motors, and across the road from Alf Arenas' Garage.

Mother also confirms that the white building shown in one of my New Year photos is/was the New Guinea Company building.

wendyemc 30-09-2003 11:00 PM

Hi Scott, Nice to hear from you again. Like you I have been down a trip to memory lane while visiting my dad. I'm pretty sure the shop I'm thinking of was called Highland Products in my day as per the '66 phone book I got from my dad. The VW combi van in one of the recent photos I posted belonged to them. I know so becauseI dated their son, Michael in the summer of '64 and we went everywhere in that van. I don't know about it being the Crowley family; have a feeling it might have been Emery. Still, though Michael was only seventeen when I knew him he was having private flying lessons: I didn't ask who with at the time - we were too busy kissing:-) I remember the circumstances clearly, though, because of a poem I knew and loved at the time and still do:

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds and done a thousand things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there
I've chased the shouting wind along and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew;
And while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

One thing more I remember is that his father took me out sailing in his catamaran that he had moored at Voco Point - an experience that has stayed with me all my life, and which engendered a passion for sailing and canoeing: the thrill of being on the water without the noise of a motor and being privileged to share space with pelicans, cormorants and dolphins, not to mention innumerable species of fish.

If you're interested in clearer copies of any of the photos I've posted, or of the Lae section of the PNG phone book, let me know and I'll forward them on to you. Unfortunately, due to the downsizing necessary to meet posting requirements, a lot of the photos members post to these pages lose that all-important clarity needed to trigger those long-lost memories.

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This one his one of Bob's - a shot of carp swimming in aforementioned lily pond.

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Photo 19. This one has me stumped. It's in the postcard series my Mum and Dad posted South in the early to mid 60's but I don't remember anything quite this grand in Lae in that era. Can anyone out there enlighten me?

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Photo 20. Now this should bring back some memories:-)

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Photo 26 - Postcard series cover - an unspecified shot of Lae. Does anyone recognize where it is?

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Oops:-)
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That's it for now folks. catch you later.

wendyemc 01-10-2003 06:04 AM

Re: Lae in the 1960's
 
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Originally posted by Scott Martin
I am fortunate to have my mother, Barbara Martin, staying with me... Mother lived in Lae from the early 1950's until 1974 and is a wealth of information about Lae of old. Mind you she is getting on a bit and wants it known that the memory can be a little hazy at times.

Mother advises that the shop in 4th Street you enquired about was called "Betty's Green Shop", owned by Betty Crowley and stocked with greens and vegetables flown in from the Highlands by her husband Laurie Crowley (Crowley Airways).

Eric Whitton also sold fresh vegetables in his shop on 7th Street, between Yuk Chee Wong and Jimmy Birrell's Century Motors, and across the road from Alf Arenas' Garage...

Me again, Scott. I'd already worked out from another of your photos that the blue building with the food mart sign next to Yuk Chee Wong was Whitton's Freezer and Gift shop in my day. The ANZ bank was on the other side of Yuk Chee Wong's, on the corner of Coronation Drive and 7th Street. Century Motors must have been on the corner of 7th Street and Central Avenue and the garage on the other side of Central Avenue? There was also another fruit and vegetable shop in 4th Street, next to Worrals chemist, called the Salad Bowl. It's in one of the photos I posted, though again the detail is unclear once the photo has been downsized. Dad can't remember who owned that either, except he does remember that when Mum took the Lumme kids in while their mother Hope was in hospital for a good number of weeks that the people who owned it refused to let her pay for any fruit and vegetables she needed the whole time she had them in her care.

Regards, Wendy

PS. Say hello to your mother for me.

RonM 07-12-2003 05:11 PM

Re: modern arcade
 
Wendy , That looks likje the IPI building to me. It was in top town and built by my Dad Bill MIENTJES and others of course. We had many good times there and in fact there was a coffee shop in the arcade where we spend a lot of my youth.

Ron MIENTJES

wendyemc 07-12-2003 09:16 PM

Modern arcade (IPI building)
 
Thanks for the info, Ron. I had a private message re the IPI building from Hawk, who was manager of the Hotel Cecil in the late 60's, then worked for Ansett during the 70's, who were the main tenants of the building, apparently. Using his information re the coffee shop, I went back to Scott Martin's tourist booklet posted elsewhere on these pages, and was able to work out that it was called the Terrace Coffee Shop and that the IPI building was in 1st Street (probably where it ran into the commercial section of Second Street.)

Interesting to know that your dad was one of the builders. Can you tell me exactly when it was built? And can you answer any of my other questions, such as who owned the Salad Bowl and Highland Products stores on the opposite side of 4th Street to the Lae Theatre milkbar (near Worrals Chemist) in the 60's, or was that before your time?

Regards, Wendy

Jim Dudgeon 19-02-2004 03:11 PM

Shop name opersate Star Theatre
 
Wendy, htere was a hair cutting business over the road from the theatre, also a radio repair shop, called ROOKS RADIO.
Hope htis will help
Jim Dudgeon


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