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Forum: Schools in Rabaul 18-06-2016, 01:40 PM
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Posted By rowanh
Casuarina Ave it was. There's a picture of...

Casuarina Ave it was.

There's a picture of the Miss Ng (as we called her) here:
http://historical-rabaul.blogspot.com.au/2008/08/speldewindes-visit-after-34-years.html
She would be recently...
Forum: Schools in Rabaul 17-06-2016, 09:54 AM
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Posted By rowanh
Must have been '69. They are likely to be...

Must have been '69. They are likely to be related. The German New Guinea Co brought some 100 Chinese carpenters and their families to Rabaul circa 1905, and some Ambonese from Dutch NG. The Chinese...
Forum: Schools in Rabaul 16-06-2016, 11:08 PM
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Posted By rowanh
I'm sure you can just extract the photos with any...

I'm sure you can just extract the photos with any PDF editor.

Connie Ng came from Kamarere St to Court St at the start of '69, to teach Gr3. Kamarere St was an A school although I understand most...
Forum: Lae 16-06-2016, 10:42 PM
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Posted By rowanh
Can you put the photo up here? VH-ANZ (the 3...

Can you put the photo up here? VH-ANZ (the 3 letters were usually kept when changing to P2) was an ANA, then Ansett, then MacRobertson Miller DC3 up to Jan 1971. Supposedly wound up in Cambodia. C/N...
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 04-06-2016, 12:13 AM
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Posted By rowanh
That would be the PM General Hospital on Taurama...

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...
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 20-11-2015, 12:18 PM
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Posted By rowanh
My sister-in-law lived in the Admin hostel up at...

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...
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 04-11-2015, 10:40 AM
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Posted By rowanh
Your memory is OK. It was World Wide Air Services...

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....
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 30-10-2015, 09:40 PM
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Posted By rowanh
The old tub in the '54 pic appears to be the...

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...
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 30-10-2015, 07:43 PM
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Posted By rowanh
Not Brett H. This old salt is a relative of mine....

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...
Forum: Schools in Rabaul 29-10-2015, 10:45 PM
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Posted By rowanh
See this for a quick story about Graeme. Brian...

See this for a quick story about Graeme. Brian Darcey was the father of the girls at Court St.
http://www.pngaa.net/Library/Darcey2.htm

Graeme died in 2004 aged 80. Kids from his second...
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 29-10-2015, 04:02 PM
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Posted By rowanh
I will show the ship photo to an old salt from...

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...
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 28-10-2015, 05:05 PM
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Posted By rowanh
The full BPs fleet can be found here: ...

The full BPs fleet can be found here:
http://www.shf.org.au/archives-research/photographic-collections/the-burns-philp-collection/
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 13-07-2015, 06:02 PM
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Views: 187,267
Posted By rowanh
There was also the Kone Club. The building is...

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...
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 10-07-2015, 07:43 PM
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Posted By rowanh
The DCA club in Lae was the CDW Club on Huon...

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...
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 28-05-2015, 05:39 PM
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Posted By rowanh
There was a Johnny Woods whose band was Johnny...

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...
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 28-05-2015, 10:15 AM
Replies: 236
Views: 187,267
Posted By rowanh
The Cat is VH-EBD, scrapped 1959. The 1950s...

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,...
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 27-05-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 187,267
Posted By rowanh
Peter, 1954 would have been about the start...

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...
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 24-03-2015, 05:52 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 187,267
Posted By rowanh
Helen, you can find info about many PNG...

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...
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 24-02-2015, 05:23 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 187,267
Posted By rowanh
There's a bit of Jacksons history at ...

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...
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 19-01-2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 187,267
Posted By rowanh
I lived in that house from Jan to April '72. Your...

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...
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 06-12-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 30,042
Posted By rowanh
LizM>> November 1969 Before my time. Peter...

LizM>> November 1969

Before my time. Peter Gurry was HM when I was there.

You talk of the '70 earthquake, which is well documented. There was a large wave that hit many years before then, but...
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 23-05-2013, 02:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 30,042
Posted By rowanh
Linda, I was in Madang for 6 months in 71,...

Linda,
I was in Madang for 6 months in 71, and the second half of 72. DCA was moving a lot of people south then, so my father did a lot of temp jobs in PM and Lae, while he was based in Madang.
...
Forum: Tok SAVE 23-01-2013, 02:47 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By rowanh
www.tok-pisin.com translates EN:middle to...

www.tok-pisin.com translates EN:middle to TP:namel . It probably derives from EN:navel, being the centre of the body.

I don't remember the word namel from colonial days, nor do other Pisin...
Forum: Finding (Old) Friends 14-11-2012, 01:36 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 187,267
Posted By rowanh
> kindergarten at ella beach Still remember the...

> 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...
Forum: Tok SAVE 13-11-2012, 04:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 9,239
Posted By rowanh
History of Pearl Farming PNG

Anyone care to comment on the history of pearl farming in PNG? I went on a day trip to the POM pearl farm circa 1971, but today noticed on GE that the buildings were razed about 2006. They were on a...
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