Historic PNG Photo Gallery

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This gallery will show photos of Papua New Guinea and its people taken between 1966 and 1973 as seen through the lenses of National Service soldiers serving in PNG.

It also shows other photos of interest in other pre-independence periods

 
Educational Corps prior to the National Service era
Captain Ian Bayles RAAEC teaching locally enlisted recruits English in TP&NG in 1959/60 when it was still part of Northern Command. Captain Bayles was attached to 1PIR serving at Taurama Barracks, while living at Murray Barracks with his family. He also taught recruits at Goldie River when the facilities there were constructed from local building materials, including bush timber and sak-sak matting walls. The Australian defence forces there later became PNG Command during the period when National Service chalkies conducted similar instruction before becoming the PNGDF in 1973 prior to Independence in 1975.

Captain Ian Bayles RAAEC teaching locally enlisted recruits English in TP&NG in 1959/60 when it was still part of Northern Command.
Captain Bayles was attached to 1PIR serving at Taurama Barracks, while living at Murray Barracks with his family. He also taught recruits at Goldie River when the facilities there were constructed from local building materials, including bush timber and sak-sak matting walls.
The Australian defence forces there later became PNG Command during the period when National Service chalkies conducted similar instruction before becoming the PNGDF in 1973 prior to Independence in 1975.

Trobriand_Islands

Trobriand Islands Village – “haus yam” on right

Local Villagers of the Trobriand Islands

Trobriand Islands villagers

Popondetta

Husking Coconuts – Popondetta Mission School – July 67

Chapel – Popondetta Mission School – July 67

Betel nut palm, Popondetta – July 67

Roof Building – Popondetta Mission School – July 67

Popondetta Mission School river – July 67

Police Club, Popondetta – July 67

Jungle stream, Popondetta – July 67

Popondetta airstrip – July 67

DC3 on Popondetta airstrip – July 67

Wewak

Centre of Wewak – 1970

Rabaul and surrounding volcanoes including the harbour which was a flooded caldera as they were in 1967. In 1994, Rabaul was partly destroyed, mainly from thick ash which still covers sections of the town. The harbour remains as beautiful and functional as before. The administration capital has moved to nearby Kokopo.

Rabaul and Harbour with the airfield in the background – Sep 67

Typical street, Rabaul – Sep 67

Bitapaka War Cemetery, near Rabaul – Sep 67

Tombstones, Bitapaka War Cemetery, near Rabaul – Sep 67

Beehives which appeared in 1937 which showed the harbour was the caldera of an active volcano, Rabaul – Sep 67

Beehives in harbour up close, Rabaul – Sep 67

Rabaul with volcano that erupted in 1937 – Sep 67

Rabaul Airport from crater lip (notice people on crater lip), Rabaul – Sep 67

Inside volcano crater, Rabaul – Sep 67

Yellow sulphur in volcano crater, Rabaul – Sep 67

Flying blind close to lava flow on a volcano – so close – on the way to Rabaul – Sep 67

This volcano grew from a small island in 1937, Rabaul – Sep 67

Rabaul airport – Sep 67

Army soldiers view Japanese War debris at Rabaul Harbour during Territory AFL Championships 1967

Rabaul volcanic eruption taken by a pilot mate of Dan Winkel in September 1994.
Flattened the airport and some light aircraft. Emergency airport built through a plantation out on the Gazelle Peninsular.
The place was covered with over 2m of ash and pumice. East New Britain capital moved from Rabaul to Kokopo.
Airport airport2
devastation hercules
hercules2 volcano erupting
Photos of men and women from the Western Highlands of PNG in all their finery at the Mt. Hagen Show in August 1967

Tribesmen with spears – Aug 67

Tribesmen in their finery – Aug 67

Ceremonial Dress – Mt Hagen Show – Aug 67

Mt Hagen tribesmen – Aug 67

Fierce Looking Tribesman – Mt Hagen show – Aug 67

Spear Mt Hagen Show – Aug 67

Mt Hagen axe – Aug 67

Headress and Drum Mt Hagen Show – Aug 67

4 meris Mt Hagen Show – Aug 67

Bird of Paradise Headdress Mt Hagen Show – Aug 67

Bird of Paradise Headdress Mt Hagen Show – Aug 67

Yellow headdress Mt Hagen Show – Aug 67

Family group Mt Hagen Show – Aug 67

rear view of native dress Mt hagen Show – Aug 67

Tribesmen Mt Hagen Show – Aug 67

Spectacular Red Headdress – Aug 67

12 thoughts on “Historic PNG Photo Gallery

  1. Great to see the old photos of Rabaul where I worked in the Bank of NSW from 1960-1963. The Bank ran an agency at Kokopo which was a dangerous place when the infamous 1961 (or maybe it was 1962) riot (between the local natives and the Buka tribe) was taking place.

  2. My Dad, Ken Murdoch was at Murray Barracks 57-59 and we have photos or PIR at that time if anyone is interested

    • Hi MARY, we were there at the same time in fact I remember you my father George Beard was at Taurama barracks with your dad. All the best Cliff my sister is Joyce.

  3. Please searching for the old photos of East Sepik,( maprik the first house of Assembly) ,if anyone have please email me,psyie37@gmail.com
    Thanks

  4. I have some original black and white photos from the 1960’s ..6 all up. My grandmother lived and worked there and acquired these pics . My grandfather worked for Hornibrook Constructions as managing director.

  5. Marvellous Photos here… not many people actually have surviving photos from thaT ERA in PNG. I certainly lost many from B&E’s by Raskols, thinking my metal box held money… THANKS! I am ex-PNGVR and ex-RAAF, now retired on a DVA Gold Card.

  6. PNGDF Chalkies

    After my Nasho Chalkie service at Goldie River 1972-73, I stayed on there as a Regular RAAEC LT for 1974. Later, I was posted back to PNG as a CAPT 1977-78 teaching Ag Sc at JSC Igam Bks. I served with three fine young PNGDF Education Officers LT Dauncey Wainetti (Highlander?), LT John Gabi Gabi (Papuan) and later Capt Paul Touvlon (Tolai?). I trust that they have all had good rewarding careers as the new PNG Chalkies. CO of JSC was LTCOL Tony Huai – did any Nasho Chalkies ever come across him in the early days? I have some prints from Goldie River and some slides from JSC in Lae that I can digitize and send.

    JIm Connolly Goldie River 1972-74, Igam Barracks 1977-78)

    • Jim, a great snap-shot of your service in PNG. We are interested in your digitised photos and maybe scanned prints. Also, your stories from Goldie or Igam. We know almost nothing about PNG Education Officers, for example. Please email to me (see Email address on Contacts page) when ready.

      • Hi Greg,
        Many thanks for your letter and reference to this web site. Have found the site of great interest and the pics bring back many warm memories of my 12 years in PNG.

        Please let me know your phone and private email contact on my attached email address . Joan and I get to Caloundra fairly often and would like to meet up with you and Christine for lunch.

        Kind regards,

        Murray Bladwell

    • Hi Jim, my Grandfather is Tony Huai, if you somehow get this can you reply to me we would really love to have those photos if you have any of him. Thanks heaps – Kaylene

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