‘Chalkies’ is the slang name given to members of the Royal Australian Army Educational Corps. The term here refers specifically to teachers who were conscripted into the Army during the Vietnam years to teach in Papua New Guinea. After basic and infantry training, they were sent to work with the soldiers of the Pacific Islands Regiment in Port Moresby (Taurama Barracks, Goldie River Training Depot and Murray Barracks), Lae (Igam Barracks) and Wewak (Moem Barracks). Most served between 12 and 18 months in PNG.
Today, these teacher/soldiers have met together to tell the story of their time in Papua New Guinea. On this site, the stories and photos of their time in the Army will be told.
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After a very successful reunion in Perth this year, the 2017 Reunion in Melbourne, is likely to be over four days – 26-29 October, inclusive.
Look for more details about this upcoming reunion in the new year.
I thought that readers would be interested to know that WO1 Frederick Alexander Wilson will be placed on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial on 11 November 2014.
He will be in the section known as the Roll of Honour Operational Service panel “Papua New Guinea, 1947 -1975″
This has been confirmed to me by the AWM. Another eleven men will also be added.
You can read the story of WO1 Frederick Wilson as published in PNG Attitude by clicking here
The primary purpose of these functions is to record and preserve the history of the 1966-73 eras. A secondary object is to meet up with like-minded people whose lives were changed by the National Service Ballot, which in our case, was probably for the better. A pictorial history on Facebook documents our most recent efforts in this matter.
If you HAVE a Facebook account, ‘liking’ this facebook page means any updates will appear in your timeline.
CHALKIE LOCATIONS IN PNG 1966 – 1973
Summary of MEMBERSHIP as at October 2012 and August 2013
As part of our endeavours to find as many National Servicemen who served in Papua New Guinea during 1966 to 1972, we have a spreadsheet that contains a list of names of those we have found as well as many names given to us by National Servicemen who we are still trying to contact. In all, there were 254 (Oct 12), 299 (Aug 13) and 377 (Nov 15) names in our list of which we appear to have contact with 117 (Oct 12), 160 (Aug 13) and 208 (Nov 15).
The following statistics are fairly rubbery in that much of the data is incomplete and contains details from both lists (contacted and uncontacted National Servicemen) but still gives us an indication of where we are at in our quest.
|First year of contact with PNG|
|Oct 12||Aug 13||Nov 15|