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Old 06-06-2003, 01:58 PM
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Chinese New Year in Lae, 1968 and 1970

Who remembers New Year in Lae when the dancing dragon would visit each tradestore and weave his magic to the thundering roar of enormous strings of fireworks, and the beating of drums from the support vehicles.

The courage the young men of that time displayed when dancing under the fireworks still sticks in my memory.

Does this still happen each year?
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Old 06-06-2003, 01:59 PM
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Immediately after the fireworks 1968.

I vividly remember the smell of the fireworks, the great clouds of smoke, and scavenging through the piles of red paper for unexploded crackers.
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Old 06-06-2003, 01:59 PM
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Scott and Craig Martin watching the fireworks, Lae 1968
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Crowds following the Dragon, Lae 1968.

Can anyone tell me which street this is?
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What street is this

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Crowds following the Dragon, Lae 1968.

Can anyone tell me which street this is?
The building on the right-hand side of the photo appears to be a trade store with residence above. But what is that thing sticking out of the roof - not the slim vent, the other thing?

Another item that may give us a lead is the vertical sign in the distance, to the right of the right-hand building. What is that?

Finally, the road appears not to be sealed ...

I want to say it's near Tommy Seeto's (corner of Air Corps Road and Mangola Street and opposite the (relocated) market), but I'm not convinced...
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The building on the right-hand side of the photo appears to be a trade store with residence above...
With the help of the 1966 PNG phone book and the series of postcard photos I got from my dad, I managed to piece this one together a while ago, Chris. It's Sixth Street - the large white building is the New Guinea Company, and the blue one is the back end of the Commonwealth Bank with the manager's residence on top.

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Old 06-06-2003, 02:02 PM
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Dragon in full flight, Lae 1968.

And check out the phone number "2042".
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Now that's a string of fireworks, Lae 1968.
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Old 06-06-2003, 02:03 PM
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Lae 1970.

I think the Food Bar on the left used to be Whitton's (or Whitten's) Store a very, very long time ago.
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Old 06-06-2003, 02:04 PM
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Lae 1970.

Amazing how close the public stood to the fireworks.
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