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Old 30-09-2003, 09:35 PM
Scott Martin Scott Martin is offline
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Scott Martin is on a distinguished road
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.
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