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Old 30-04-2005, 10:41 PM
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What to you remember about Moresby in the late 60's and early 70's ?

I wondered what other people who lived in Moresby in the late 60's and early 70's remember about it.

I remember the day Steamies in town got all the flavoured ice creams (I think there was about 20 flavours - it was a magic day for us kids)

I remember the "Show day" near the Uni in around 1968 when the showbags were "Real" sample bags, they actually had samples of matches would you believe !!!

I remember going to the drive-in every weekend - you didnt even care what was on - you just went every week. I remember that at the drive-in on your birthday your name was called out and you got some free lollies - not just a packet, but a drink, potato chips and many packets of lollies. We had a cyclone on my sisters birthday one year and still we went - there was two cars there, and they showed the movie (and she got her free lollies). I also remember when they built the picture theatre at Boroko near the entrance to the drive in. I remember "check your dockets" when you went to the drive in and had dinner there. (It was not the "greasy take aways" you get at drive in's now, but great meals).

I remember the songs of the time - (I always think of Moresby when I hear them)
"Is this the way to Armarillo" - Tony Christie.
"Raindrops keep falling on my head" - Johnny Farnham
"Green green grass of home" - Tom Jones

Lets hear what YOU remember ?

Margaret
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Old 30-04-2005, 11:58 PM
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I lived in POM mid 70s to early 80s first as a student at upng(76-80). Breakfast then was real breakfast where you had choice of different cereals,with cold milk, fried eggs, bacon and sausage and you could toast bread your own bread, however many you liked or you could have them without toasting with butter or any jam of the popular brands. Lunch and dinner were real and decent dinner. I mention this because it is very sad what the upng mess is feeding our kids at these institution now. is there any truth in this rumor that some students going in late to meals get very little to eat and leave the mess hungry. We could walk to the cinema outside next to the drive-in theater next to POM teachers colledge but you can't anymore as it is too dangerous now. I now work for a private firm and have been in the private sector since 1983 and it amazes me to how well off the top bracket of the public servants are while 90% of them are in a vicious cycle of borrowing to service to the next pay day. The top public servants and the politicians are sadly the biggest thieves and are bringing this country down. Public servants of the sixties and early seventies did real work. It is a very sad state PNG is in, looking at it from the private sector, it is unbearablly shamefull. If the politicians and public servants worked like we do in the private sector, PNG would be one hundred times better of then it is now.

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Old 13-11-2005, 07:29 PM
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Moresby in the 60's

Oh yes I remember Moresby in the 60's .....Boroko cinema at the afternoon matinee.....when u walked into the drive in cost two bob...sitting up on the balcony with your guy .....going to Ela Beach each Sunday to burn to a crisp....when a big drive was going to Bomana...swimming in the army pool when Steemies and Burns Phillip were the Harrods of New Guinea...when you waited 6 weeks for a record on the top 40 to be imported from south...memories how wish I was there again
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Old 18-11-2005, 08:51 PM
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Gordons

Davos - are you referring to the first year of the primary school or the high school ?

My sister and I went to Gordon Primary. I was there for 1 year in 1969 and she was there for a couple of years. It was built in 1969 and we were the first students. I was in the final year. I loved that uniform.

My sister went to Gordon High in the first year (I think it was two years later.)

Margaret
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Old 27-11-2005, 06:37 AM
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We had Paradise and never knew it

Margeret and Daveo....you both have a younger memories of Moresby than me.

There was no Gordons school when I left to go "South" in 1966 only Port Moresby High or Ela Beach Primary.

You have both brought back fond memories and big smiles to me.

My Dad owned PNG Motors cnr Hubert Murry Highway and Hospital Rd Boroko he was in Moresby till around 1970.

Moresby was a great place for a teenage girl in my time...so many boys so little time

I also remember Sunday night's at the Aviat club at the outside movies those curves at Three Mile, Crystal Rapids that I had forgotton (thanks Daveo) the smell from low tide at Koki and sending the house boy to Koki market to get you cheap veges. Moresby parties were like no others. No TV hated it at the time but it forced us to socialise and make our own fun.

Having a house boy made it hard when you had to start your life on your own...those dirty cloths were still there when you got home...damn so were the dirty dishes in the sink...lol

I would give any thing to go back to that time in Moresby...but like every thing progress takes over...we have great memories and that no one can take from us.

Bamahuta

Rhonda
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Old 29-11-2005, 01:04 PM
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I was there from the middle of 69 to about 72. I went to school at the Port Moresby High and then worked down at Steamships Shipyard. Saturday matinee at theatre in town. Sitting in the back with your mates and if lucky a girl. Swimming at Ela Beach, Brown River jumping off the bridge, yes Crystal Rapids. The Drive In was also special the in crowd would park right at the back and you where lucky to see half the movie. I once walked from 3 Mile Hill to a dance and walked back again from Boroko East, don't think you could do that now. We arrived in Moresby from Samarai in 69 and had our first exprience with the Moresby Show. 69 was the time that a riot took place over the league match Papua verus New Guinea. We lived opposite the Boroko Hotel and watched as streams of people ran pass and a white police officer and his men walked down towards the masses, he had only been in the country 1 day he was scared. We went to the show and left quite early as trouble was brewing and just missed having the car smashed up on the way home. PMF had a milkbar next to the theatre in town and I use to have a hamburger there. Anzac day was at Bomana War Cemetery then back to the Ela Beach RSL for a gunfire breakfast. New Year was also spent at the RSL as the piper played in the New Year. Burms Philp had the first automatic doors which had the locals worried a little trying to figure out who was opening the doors. Paga Hill was a place to view the harbour from and the outer reef.

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Old 30-11-2005, 12:21 PM
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arrrrrrr Titan....you were probably at school with my mates and in the matinee with the same bunch.
I left Morseby in '66 but you have mentioned exactly the things we used to get up to.
Was Mr Sargent still giving out the cuts at Moresby High when you were there??
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Old 01-12-2005, 08:36 PM
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For once I never recieved the cuts I got close to being expelled for have a magazine in my bag that wasn't meant to be found. The only thing I can remember about the principal was he wore glasses. If my memory hasn't failed me I do remember a class mate being caned for something he did. I do miss those days nothing seemed important casual days swimming and picnicing. We use to go around checking out cars at the Drive In and when we found someone making out we would shake the car and run for our lives. Glad I could run. I had put my memories of PNG on hold until I found this web site and now the old brain is working overtime rememebering all the thing back then.
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There was a Catalina Flying boat dumped down near the end of the runway in Moresby. I think there was also a mock-up plane there that the firies used to light up and practice their stuff on. If I remember correctly, you went past a sports field (cricket pitch and AFL?), and then the Aero Club to get to it. Back the other way were aircraft hangers and then the main "terminal". I seem to recall that so long as you stayed away from the main terminal area, it was OK to explore not only the Catalina, but also the real planes that were parked on the airport.
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Old 19-04-2006, 01:12 AM
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I guess, being around in Port Moresby around that time, I miss the bus service. I kind of prefer them to today's PMVs. The other thing that I miss would be the Papuan Hotel and the Corner Bar where the just about every Tom, **** and Harry and his dog hung out. Also the RSL club down on Ela Beach.
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