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Names of members will be listed in order of year, then Barracks and finally surname
|Sgt. John Teggelove||1966-67||Goldie River||Vic||Goldie River Camp relocated to new facilities towards latter half of 1967.
Trekked Kokoda July 2007
|Sgt. Rick Larsen||1966-67||Moem Barracks||WA|| Moem and Vanimo 1966-67. Lived on the beach!
Returned, married, to PNG in Madang and Lae in 1970-71
as Regional Psychologist, Public Service Board.
First Clinical Guidance Officer with Education Dept in
Port Moresby in 1972.
Privileged to travel most of the country and assist
with localisation of Education Dept.
Returned to WA first as an educational psychologist
and later Principal.
Still a consultant in Principal selection processes.
|Sgt. Peter Suna||1966-67||Moem Barracks||NSW||Father served in TPNG with 9th Division
Recruit Training at Singleton & Corps Training (Armoured) at Puckapunyal
In first Chalkie Group to TPNG and 7 went to 2 PIR
Patrols to Green River, Pagei Valley & Telefomin with A Coy
Vanimo posting was 6 months in those early days
|Sgt. Neil Gibson||1966-67||Murray Barracks||NSW|
|Sgt. Bruce Harris||1966-67||Murray Barracks||Vic|
|Sgt. Graham Lindsay||1966-67||Murray Barracks||NSW|
|Sgt. Peter Wedgwood||1966-67||Murray Barracks||QLD|
|WO2 Dan Winkel||1966-69||Murray Barracks||QLD||National Serviceman Jan-Apr 1958
Regular Army 1961-73
Life Member of RSL
|Sgt. Alan Day||1966-67||Taurama Barracks||NSW||On arriving at Taurama Barracks I had to share a tent with Denis O’Rourke
for several months. We are still close friends despite this.
|Sgt. Denis O’Rourke||1966-67||Taurama Barracks||NSW||Only secondary teacher among the first 6 Chalkies at Taurama in mid 1966.
Joined Dan Winkel’s trips to Popondetta, Trobriand Islands and Goroka.
|Sgt. Russell Jenkin||1967-68||Moem Barracks||VIC||After basic training at Puckapunyal,
I was posted to RAEME at Broadmeadows and St Kilda Barracks.
I now recognise the huge impact for good in my (private and professional)
life arising from the brilliant experiences (some quite challenging) and the
significant responsibilities given to us in our early 20s.
|Sgt. Kevin Smith||1967-68||Moem Barracks||QLD||A great adventure and experience!|
|Sgt. John Todd||1967-68||Moem Barracks||QLD||After Service, I finished my studies at James Cook Uni.|
|Sgt. Frank Cordingley||1967-68||Murray Barracks||QLD||Webmaster (now retired Chief Scientist – Qld Health)
Sent to PNG after only 16 weeks
(after Recruit training and 6 weeks of Medical Corps training)
20 months all told in PNG as RAAEC Instructor
|Sgt. Peter Darmody||1967-68||Murray Barracks
|Sgt. Grahame Hurrell||1967-68||Murray Barracks||NSW|
|Sgt. Bruce Nulty||1967-68||Murray Barracks
|SA||I taught in Adelaide for 2 years then 7 years in Darwin
and 21 years in Alice Springs.
|Sgt. Graham Carnes
|QLD||In April 1968, I was the first Education Sergeant to go to Lae.
I served in B Coy then transferred to the Officer Cadet School
just after its relocation to Lae.
I wrote the Rugby Union news from Lae for the Post-Courier.
|Sgt. Terry Edwinsmith||1967-68||Taurama Barracks||QLD||My articles appear on this site
In 1967 Chalkies at 1PIR wore the red Infantry lanyard
|Sgt. Norm Hunter||1967-68||Taurama Barracks||QLD||Represented the National PNG Rugby Union
and 1PIR teams in 1968
|Sgt. Philip Parker||1967-68||Taurama Barracks||Vic||The time spent in TPNG was an amazing experience…
What a way to spend 2 years of National Service!!
Have many very fond memories.
|Sgt. Bill Bailey||1968-69||Goldie River||Vic||Returned to Victorian Education Dept.
Studied at Australian National University
Worked for the ACT Schools Authority in various roles
Finished career in sports administration
Retired in Queensland
|Sgt. John Jones||1968-69||Igam Barracks||Vic|
|Sgt Gregory Murphy||1968-69||Igam Barracks||Vic||After graduating from Melbourne University,spent a year teaching at Rutherglen High School.
From Puckapunyal, I was selected to go to PNG as a member of the Education Corp.
I taught English to the PNG Officer Cadets,
one of whom later became the Brigadier in charge of the Bouganville crisis.
|Sgt. Wayne Bensley||1968-69||Moem Barracks||NSW|
|Sgt. Roger Grigg||1968-69||Moem Barracks||Vic|
|Sgt. Graeme Murphy||1968-69||Moem Barracks||NSW|| I have returned a number of times to Wewak and visited the barracks,
as well as travelling up the Sepik by canoe and taking a school group
to assist Maprik High School.
I have very happy memories of my time in PNG with our group of Chalkies,
heading off on our motor bikes into the jungle.
I have lived at Terrigal on the Central Coast of NSW since returning
|Sgt. Ross Beer||1968-69||Murray Barracks||QLD|
|Sgt. John Rae||1968-69||Murray Barracks||NSW|
|Lt. John Retallick||1968-69||Murray Barracks||NSW||OTU, Scheyville -1966 (RAInf)
After 1 year, transferred to Education
2 years in PNG, various posting in Australia as captain
Resigned in 1976 for academic career
|Sgt. Jim Wells||1968-69||Murray Barracks
|Sgt. Ross Bailey||1968-69||Taurama Barracks||Vic||Just completed 50 years of service in Primary Education in Victoria.
Currently on Long Service Leave until April 2017 before retiring.
|Sgt. Ray Nichol||1969-70||Goldie River||Vic||Honours degree in anthropology,
then PhD on PNG socialisation and education.
Published a book ‘Growing Up Indigenous’, Sense Publishers, 2011.
Has some chapters on traditional and contemporary PNG education.
|Sgt. Alex Thomson||1969-70||Goldie River||NSW|
|Sgt. Geoff Peters||1969-70||Igam Barracks||Vic||Living on Sunshine Coast (Qld)
Passed away 26th July 2013
|Sgt. Andrew Remenyi||1969-70||Igam Barracks||Vic||Became an Educational Psychologist in the Education Department for 6 years.
Studied at London University 1975-76 with a
British Imperial Fellowship Trust Scholarship.
Academic for 20 years at Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences
then at the Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University as a Senior Lecturer
and Chairman of the Postgraduate Diploma of Rehabilitation Studies.
Adjunct Professor at Deakin University and is an Independent Medical Examiner
(Psychology) for both the TAC and WorkSafe.
Last 15 years in private practice as a Clinical and Organisational Psychologist.
|Sgt. Rob Duff||1969-70||Moem Barracks||NSW||Recruit and Infantry training – 3TB Singleton
Posted Vic Barracks Sydney and Russell Building Canberra
before 2PIR Moem
|Sgt. Phil Imison (dec’d)||1969-70||Moem Barracks||NSW||Passed away 17th Oct 2011 aged 65
Requested he be added to this list by his wife
|Sgt. Greg Ivey||1969-70||Moem Barracks
|QLD||Marches at the Brisbane ANZAC Day Parade
Member of PIB NGIB HQ PIR Assn
|Sgt. Boyd Robertson||1969-70||Moem Barracks||Vic||Volunteer Computer Instructor at Bendigo RSL Men In Sheds Program|
|Sgt. Kym Rothe||1969-70||Moem Barracks||SA||Lived privately in Wewak at my sister’s home for several months.
Returned to PNG to teach for 6 years, 1972-78.
Enjoyed 4 years on Bougainville and 2 years at Lae.
|Sgt. Garry Screen||1969-70||Moem Barracks||NSW|
|Sgt. Greg Smith||1969-70||Moem Barracks||Vic||Agricultural Instructor (Didiman) at Moem Barracks in 1969/70.
Walked Kokoda Track in 2007 with my 2 sons
and revisited Moem Barracks and Wewak.
Now retired Agricultural Scientist living at Rutherglen, NE Victoria
|Sgt. Michael (Mick) Lee||1969-70||Murray Barracks||QLD||1971-75 High School Teacher near Rabaul
then Lecturer at Administration College at Waigani.
(Students included future Police Commissioner
and first Minister for Agriculture.)
1976-84 TAFE Teacher (organisational development) in Adelaide.
1984-present: Began a yoga-based mind-therapy business in
Remarried and now semi-retired, spending summers in Maine with family.
|Sgt. John Ford||1969-70||Taurama Barracks||WA||Returned to the W.A. Education Dept until 1974
Then I operated my own Real Estate Agency until retirement in 2011.
|Sgt. Ian Ogston||1970-71||Goldie River||QLD||Author – ‘Armi Wantoks’ and ‘Chalkies’
Member of PIB/NGIB/HQ/PIR Association
Member of Chalkies Contact Group
|Sgt. Terry Clarke||1970-71||Igam Barracks||NSW|
|1970-71||Igam Barracks||SA||Taught Mathematics & Navigation at Lae
Post-discharge joined Army Reserve as 2 LT in RAAEC at
Hampstead Barracks, Adelaide
Revisited Southern Highlands briefly in 2003
|Sgt. Rod Cassidy||1970-71||Moem Barracks
Vanimo (3 mths)
|Sgt. John Humphrey||1970-71||Moem Barracks||Vic|
|Sgt. Ron Inglis||1970-71||Moem Barracks
|NSW||One of the few chalkies to go straight from university into the army.
Returned to Australia and began teaching career at Fort Street High School.
With wife spent a year backpacking overland from Bali to London and driving
a kombi around Europe.
Then spent three years teaching at a mission secondary school in Zambia.
Retired at the end of 2013 after 30 years as head of Social Sciences at
Regents Park Christian School.
Currently secretary of the Auburn sub-Branch RSL. email@example.com
Have published a guidebook on Australia’s First World War ‘sacred places’
along the Western Front.
|Sgt. Robert Scott||1970-71||Moem Barracks||NSW|
|Sgt. John Dark||1970-71||Murray Barracks||QLD|
|Sgt. Brian Haines||1970-71||Murray Barracks||WA||Secondary teacher and Deputy Principal: 1972 – 1974
Education & Sociology lecturer, WA College of Adv Edn/Edith Cowan University – 1975 – 1991
Completed MSc (Organisation & Management), Oxford University 1980-81
Education Policy consultant 1991 – 94
Founder & Director of Dow Digital web development company 1994 – 99
Information & IT Management consultant 1999 – 2009.
Business Manager, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Perth, 2009 – 2014.
Retired June 2014: Swimming, Tai Chi, carpentry
|Sgt. Gerald Keegan||1970-71||Murray Barracks||WA||Career in school administration, WA Education Department.
Retired in 2011 as Principal of Kalgoorlie School of Air.
|Sgt. Ray Bassett||1970-71||Taurama Barracks||VIC|
|Sgt. Kev Horton||1970-71||Taurama Barracks||QLD||My article appears on this website
My wife’s article appears on this website
|Sgt. Graham Leader||1970-71||Taurama Barracks||WA|
|Sgt. John Moore||1970-71||Taurama Barracks||WA|
|Sgt. Peter Porteous||1970-71||Taurama Barracks||NSW|
|Sgt. Greg Buffier||1971-72||Goldie River||NSW|
|Sgt. Glenn Hall||1971-72||Goldie River||Vic|
|Sgt. Greg Powell||1971-72||Goldie River||NSW||Married with 4 sons
Author of 11 books on Bushrangers and Bushwalking
Retired Teacher, now Casual work
|Sgt. Andrew Dalziel||1971-72||Igam Barracks||VIC||My article appears on this site|
|Sgt. Peter Kilian||1971-72||Igam Barracks||VIC||1971: Recruit training – Puckapunyal
Infantry Training – Singleton
Canberra – Directorate of Army Education
1971-1972: Military Cadet School – Igam Barracks
|Sgt. Ian Minns||1971-72||Igam Barracks||VIC||1971: Recruit training – Puckapunyal
Infantry Training – Singleton
PNG Military Cadet School (MCS) – Lae – 30 Jun 71 – 30 Jun 72
Lae Area HQ – 1 Jul 72 to 6 Dec 72
Coached Igam Barracks Aust Rules team in 1972
|Sgt. Graham Thomson||1971-72||Igam Barracks||SA||Opportunity to experience a fascinating country
that wouldn’t have presented itself otherwise
|Sgt. John Fragomeni||1971-72||Moem Barracks
|Sgt. Bob Strachan||1971-73||Moem Barracks
|NSW||Sept 1971 Igam Bks & Lae Institute of Technology (TESOL)
Oct 71 – May 72 Goldie River
June 72 – Feb 73 Murray Bks
Mar 73 – Jan 74 Taurama Bks (including secondment to 2PIR Moem Bks, Wewak)
2 yrs Nasho + 1 yr extension under the Nat Service Act”
Rather unique that I ‘worked’ at all TPNG Army Barracks.
|Sgt. Alex Artomonow||1971-72||Murray Barracks
|Sgt. Richard Boddington||1971-72||Murray Barracks||VIC||Migat gutpela tingting long PNG|
|Sgt. Richard Morgan||1971-72||Murray Barracks||NSW||
Also had a year at Education Unit in SVN (1 ALSG) with fellow
education Sgt, Ken Rowe in 1970. I was able to extend National
Service to the maximum allowable (4 years),while still remaining
classified as a national serviceman. Our first child (Andrew)
was born in TPNG during our two years there in 1971 / 1972.
|Sgt. John Hain||1971-72||Taurama Barracks||NSW|
|Sgt. Jim Connolly
|1972-74||Goldie River||QLD||First intake of the “18 month” Nashos (Did not do Inf Corps Trg).
Stayed on in 1973 after Labor Election Victory in 72.
Stayed on in 1974 as an RAAEC LT.
Daughter born at POM Hospital, Taurama Jan 74.
Posted to JSC, Igam Bks 1977-78 as RAAEC CAPT (Did the Mt Wilhelm climb).
Served in RAAEC (ARA) left as LTCOL in Feb 1997.
(Was Hon COL COMDT RAAEC 1999-2003).
Footnote: Daughter seconded to POM from Dept Finance as a senior advisor
to PNG Treasury 2009-2010
|Sgt. Ron Lynch||1972-73||Goldie River||NSW||1967: Completed the HSC at PBHS
1970: Complete B.A. Degree at the University of Sydney,
majoring in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics.
1971: Did the Diploma of Education.
1972: Conscripted in the Army, did recruit training at Singleton,
then spent the rest of his time as a sergeant in the Goldie River Barracks, Papua New Guinea.
1973: Mathematical teacher at North Sydney Boys’ High.
1986: Head Teacher of Mathematics at Canterbury Boys’ High.
Remained in this position until retirement by personal choice preferring to perform
face-to-face teaching rather than seek higher administration positions.
Ron passed away 4th February 2017
|Sgt. Ian Colwell||1972-73||Murray and Igam
Moem and Taurama
|QLD||Queensland University Regiment prior to call-up.
I recall issues of anti-Army prejudice in society,
however I was impressed by many of the people in the three services
who I worked with and recall some excellent leaders.
|Sgt. Edward Mangano||1972-73||Murray Barracks||WA||Deceased|
|Sgt. Peter Shackleford||1972-73||Murray Barracks||SA|
|Sgt. Philip Doecke||1972-73||Taurama Barracks
|Vic||1971 Primary Teacher Hermannsburg, NT
1974 – 1976 Primary Teacher Tanunda Lutheran School, SA
1977 – 1984 Primary Teacher, Immanuel College, Novar Garden, SA
1985 – 1993 Middle School Teacher, Sports Coordinator, Marrara Christian College, NT
1994 – 1997 Head of PE National Sports Institute of PNG, Goroka PNG
1997 Doctoral studies, Human Movement Studies, QUT, QLD
1998 – 1999 PE/Sports Coordinator, Peace Lutheran College, Cairns, QLD
2000 – 2002 PE/Athletics Director, Morrison Academy, Taipei, Taiwan
2002 – 2005 Chair, Dept of Kinesiology, Health & PE, Biola University, La Mirada, California
2006 – present Program Director, B Education / B Applied Science (Disability),
lecturer in PE, RMIT University.
|Sgt. Warren Ison||1972-73||Taurama Barracks
|2Lt. John Stringfellow||1966-67||Taurama||WA||Commander 11 Platoon, D Coy.
The first Scheyville OTU graduate to be posted to the PIR.
I arrived in TPNG the same day as class mates Pat Savage MC and Alec Ball
who drew the smaller straws and were posted to Goldie River.
|2Lt. Ian Freeman||1968-70||Goldie River
|NSW||Instructed in weaponry and navigation.
Patrolled numerous areas shown as “Not yet Known”.
Conducted exercises along the Kokoda Trail.
Most instruction was in Tok Pisin.
|Sgt. Graham Wheeler||1966-67||Goldie River||QLD||Barracks Hygiene Sgt from 1 Field Hygiene Company, Ingleburn.
Served at Goldie in the old camp.
|Sgt. Graeme Johnson||1969-70||Moem Barracks||WA||15th Intake – 1/69 :- Recruit training – 2RTB Puckapunyal Victoria
Corps training – Army School of Health Healesville Victoria
Civy qualifications ( EHO ) led to posting as Hygiene Sgt. @ 2PIR
Duties include all Public Health matters inc. the fogging program.
Served 17 months @ Moem with periodic work assignments to Vanimo,
Company exercise in Maprik area & secondment to visiting Field Hygiene
Posting length led to contact with two groups of Chalkies.
Much “swanning around ” via ” RAAF Air ” Caribou & Hercules .
|Cpl. Greg Leahy||1969-70||Murray Barracks||WA||Our role was providing medical equipment
and medical supplies to PNG Command.
Member of “Nashos WA”
March on ANZAC Day with other Nashos at Bunbury.
|Sgt. David Sandoe||1965-66||Murray Barracks||NSW||David flew all over PNG
– to large towns and small villages to assist in testing
recruits for the Pacific Island Regiment (PIR)
He has returned to PNG since Independence on business
|Cpl. Keith Oxenbould||1967-69||Taurama (10/67-1/68)
|Vic||At Wewak there were only about 6 OR’s
(both Regulars and Nashos) in RAEME and Supply.
We lived initially in an old house near the beach
and we had to drive to the Sgts Mess to pick up our
meals and eat them in a shed next to the house.
A building was refurbished for the OR’s barracks
and attached Mess with our own “cook”
|Sig. Trevor Webb||1969-70||Goroka and Bulolo||NSW||Five months in 1970 attached to Survey Corps
and camped at Goroka and Bulolo airstrips.
Worked with Australian and British surveyors
to calculate heights of mountains.
|Cpl. Ted Middleton||1969-70||Murray||WA||Primary role was in radio workshop at Murray Barracks.
In 800 Sigs Squadron, gave instruction to trainee technicians,
civic action patrols to Lake Kopiago and Mt Hagen,
communications centre at Rabaul during civil unrest,
communications between TPNG and Australia, and maintenance.