Igam Barracks Photo Gallery

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Officer cadets at Igam Barracks with Sgt Andrew Dalziel

Military Cadet School (Igam) cadets on patrol

Igam Barracks from Colin Beszant

Bruce Nulty and his VW with Peter Darmody on trip to the Highlands from Lae

10 comments on “Igam Barracks Photo Gallery

  1. David Tiki on said:

    Hi,

    My name is David Tiki and I am a current serving member of the PNGDF and a son of a military personnel who served at Igam Barracks back in the 70’s after my old man and his unit were posted from Taurama Barracks (PIR) to Igam Barracks.

    I went to school with the Australian kids during my growing up but have since forgotten their names over time, there was a scout master an Australian Army officer who used to get us for scouting, I don’t know whether he is still alive or not, one time we went for patrol behind the tank hill and the rain was so heavy that he had to call the camping off and we all return to Igam and were billeted at his house, the next morning we went to our respective homes. I hope his son can read this and maybe acknowledge and confirm this story.

    Once again am glad and thankful that Sgt Chard has posted a lot of the old pictures on his website and is accessible to us especially those servicemen dependents of the colonial days when the PIR was under the Australian Command to recall those early days of life within a military camp.

    God Bless.

    David Tiki

    • David,
      I am glad that you have found the website of interest. I was posted to 1PIR also so we may have run into each other in the mess during games or film nights. I have returned to 1PIR in 2011 to revisit the battalion and cemetery. Some of those photos are on the web also.
      History is a wonderful topic especially when you have lived through some of the events.
      Regards.

  2. Kepe Ivan on said:

    I’m an interested candidate who likes to join PNGDF as a Cadet Officer for 2014. I’m currently studying at PNG Unitech majoring in applied chemistry as this year is my fourth year of study.

    Please I’m really interested to be a member.

    Thank you

    With regards

    • Kepe,
      We wish you every success with your application to join the Defence Force. If you are initially unsuccessful, try again or look for other avenues that may help your advancement. Success goes to those who continue striving rather than to those who give up at the first hurdle. I invite you to write an article for this website when you achieve your goal of entering the RPIR.
      Best Wishes!

    • Enkay Daniels on said:

      Hi , I am so into military stuffs inparticular with flying adn wish to join the PNGDF Air element. Please can any one fill me in with some intells on how I can go about to join the Force , and also tell me how the current state of the air transport unit is like.

      Thanks
      Kind Regards

  3. Terry on said:

    Peter,
    I am glad that you were able to supply more information to Michael Sullivan! As a serving military officer in the present PNG Defence graduating since PNG Independence in 1975, you are in a unique position to relate stories from those early times following the departure of the National Service Instructors in 1973. Your perspective is invited. An article published on our NashosPNG website would be a welcome addition to the many others collected over the past 2 years.
    The Igam Barracks mob would be especially pleased!

  4. Peter Aimos on said:

    Your father, then Maj Barry Sullivan, was the SI Advance Defence Training Wing, Joint Services College of PNG, when I went through as a cadet. I graduated and was commissioned in 1976. I later went on to do my Flying Training with the Royal Australian Air Force in Point Cook, Victoria and Army Aviation in Oakey Queensland. I attained my ‘wings’ and returned as a pilot to the PNG Defence Force Air Transport Squadron.
    I am now a Colonel and my current posting is as the Commandant of the PNG Defence Academy (once JSC) here in Igam Barracks, Lae.

  5. Michael Sullivan on said:

    My Father Barry Sullivan did 2 postings to TPNG 67-70 & PNG 79-81. We kids did the first trip to Port Moresby and Lae.
    Dad was in PNGVR then ADJT Igam Barracks with LTCOL Bishop, the second time he was SI Joint Services College Igam Barracks. Does any one know the where about of Lofty Hansen. Ian Pearce keeps in contact.

    • Greg Ivey on said:

      Michael, we need to know more about Lofty’s military position, place and time before we could see if we can help. You can email me if you wish.

      • Ken Grant on said:

        Hi Greg,
        To assist Michael, Lofty Hansen was a WO2 and his wife Margaret was a teacher at Igam Barracks School in 1968.
        Michael was in Grade 6 in 1968 and his father Barry was a Captain.
        How do I know.
        I opened the school as the first headmaster in 1968 and as Michael’s teacher.
        Both Lofty and Barry were very supportive of the new school, assisting with materials and manpower. We had to build desks, create gardens (Mickey Bishop was a gem) and start from scratch.
        I then went on to join Army Aviation, became a QFI and left as a Capt 5 to fly airlines.
        Cheers,
        Ken Grant

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