Photo Gallery of a Taurama Barracks Chalkie

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This gallery shows black and white photos taken by Sgt. Peter Chard during his time as a chalkie at Taurama Barracks in 1968-69.
 
Some chalkies including some of their educational activities
Sgt Ross Bailey at Taurama Beach

Sgt Ross Bailey at Taurama Beach

Sgt. Peter Chard spearfishing at Taurama Bay

Sgt. Peter Chard spearfishing at Taurama Bay

Chalkies at Brown River - Sgt. Steve Roxborough is sitting on the left.

Chalkies at Brown River – Sgt. Steve Roxborough is sitting on the left.

Chalkies working on one of their cars outside the Sgts Mess

Chalkies working on one of their cars outside the Sgts Mess

Science class at Taurama

Science class at Taurama

Sgt Peter Karake  and Cpl Atisi during a science class

Sgt Peter Karake and Cpl Atisi during a science class

Science excursion to Taurama Beach

Science excursion to Taurama Beach

A python caught whilst on a science excursion near Sogeri

A python caught whilst on a science excursion near Sogeri

First science class, 3 pupils. Further classes 29, 25 & 45 pupils

First science class, 3 pupils. Further classes 29, 25 & 45 pupils

Sgt Peter Chard, taken on the day of the royal visit, I was BOS that day. C Coy in background

Sgt Peter Chard, taken on the day of the royal visit, I was BOS that day. C Coy in background

Sports day at the barracks

Sports day at the barracks

Top floor of sgts accommodation looking towards the mess

Top floor of sgts accommodation looking towards the mess

Top floor of sgts accommodation with Sgt Peter Chard

Top floor of sgts accommodation with Sgt Peter Chard

Bukan who took care of my laundry

Bukan who took care of Sgt Peter Chard’s laundry

Scenes in Taurama Barracks
Entrance to 1 PIR -  Pte Driwa, C Company on duty

Entrance to 1 PIR – Pte Driwa, C Company on duty

Battalion parade ground - C Company barracks in the background

Battalion parade ground – C Company barracks in the background

Duke of Kent arriving outside C Company

Duke of Kent arriving outside C Company

Duke of Kent preparing to inspect the barracks

Duke of Kent preparing to inspect the barracks

Duke of Kent returning to car after inspection with Col Pears

Duke of Kent returning to car after inspection with Col Pears

Taurama Sergeants Mess

Taurama Sergeants Mess

Sgts Mess Menu

Sgts Mess Menu

Civic Actions Patrols including one from Buin to Kieta in 1969
Peter Chard on patrol!

Peter Chard on patrol!

Peter Chard helping himself to a pawpaw whilst on patrol in Bougainville.

Peter Chard helping himself to a pawpaw whilst on patrol in Bougainville.

8 Pl members on an Admin truck. Used to transport the patoon from Conga to Moratania

8 Pl members on an Admin truck. Used to transport the patoon from Conga to Moratania

Changing from an Admin truck to PWD truck about 6 miles from Moratana.

Changing from an Admin truck to PWD truck about 6 miles from Moratania.

Conga to Moratania

Conga to Moratania

Haus saksak  belonging to a PWD road contractor at Moratana.

Haus saksak belonging to a PWD road contractor at Moratana.

Moratania looking towards the foothills which we eventually had to go over.

Moratania looking towards the foothills which we eventually had to go over.

A village we passed through.

A village we passed through.

Aloyisius Noga -  President of Buin Council

Aloyisius Noga – President of Buin Council

Civic Action this was the culvert we built Near Boku approx 6 miles from Paul Lapuns village. Who was Paul Lapun!

Civic Action this was the culvert we built Near Boku approx 6 miles from Paul Lapuns village. Who was Paul Lapun!

Another view of the culvert

Another view of the culvert

Civic works on Buin to Kieta patrol

Civic works on Buin to Kieta patrol

Getting into good kai on Sogeri excursion

Getting into good kai on Sogeri excursion

Pte Bonobono entering a 7th Day Adventist village

Pte Bonobono entering a 7th Day Adventist village

Some of the soldiers on the Sogeri excursion

Some of the soldiers on the Sogeri excursion

Typical villagers encountered.

Typical villagers

Typical villagers

Typical villagers

Soldiers of 1PIR during 1968-69
August Bolai -  Sergeants Mess barman - Tolai

Pte. August Bolai – Sergeants Mess barman – Tolai

Battalion singsing

Battalion singsing

Battalion singsing

Battalion singsing

Cpl. Joe Ango - C Company

Cpl. Joe Ango – C Company

Holmes Tamarua - I think he was in radiology. I trained him to be the first local treasurer of the Sergeants Mess

Sgt. Holmes Tamarua – I think he was in radiology. I trained him to be the first local treasurer of the Sergeants Mess

John Mudi - transport driver

Pte. John Mudi – transport driver

Kissik -  Sergeants Mess cleaner

Kissik – Sergeants Mess cleaner

One of the Taurama sergeants, a pommy regular,  I think his first name was Roger

One of the Taurama sergeants, a pommy regular, his name was Roger Snuggs

Sgt. Otto Pandiku - cook sergeant

Sgt. Otto Pandiku – cook sergeant

Pancho Evans at Xmas Party, 21 Dec 68

Pancho Evans at Xmas Party, 21 Dec 68

Peter Driwa - Manus

Peter Driwa – Manus

Pte. Driwa -  C Companyfrom Manus

Pte. Driwa – C Company from Manus

Pte. Gabriel Par - barman at Xmas Party

Pte. Gabriel Par – barman at Xmas Party

Sgt. Sam Pasan - medical sergeant

Sgt. Sam Pasan – medical sergeant

Sgt. Jack Ako - 8 Platoon on Buin Kieta patrol

Sgt. Jack Ako – 8 Platoon on Buin Kieta patrol

Sgt. Jack Ako on his wedding day

Sgt. Jack Ako on his wedding day

Sgt. Jim Kamong and WO 2 Pat Hopley

Sgt. Jim Kamong and WO 2 Pat Hopley

Sgt. Jim Kamong with his family

Sgt. Jim Kamong with his family

Sgt. John Tebera

Sgt. John Tebera

Sgt. Otto Pandiku

Sgt. Otto Pandiku

Sgt. Peter Karake from New Ireland

Sgt. Peter Karake from New Ireland

Sgt. Rawasi

Sgt. Rawasi

Sgt. Rawasi - the sheriffe

Sgt. Rawasi – the sheriffe

Sgt. Tomi from Buka

Sgt. Tomi from Buka

B J Smith RQMS

B J Smith RQMS

Sgt Jim Kamong and WO 2 Pat Hopley

Sgt Jim Kamong and WO 2 Pat Hopley

Sergeants at the Xmas Party 21 Dec 68

Sergeants at the Xmas Party 21 Dec 68

St. Sgt. Willi Kana - Sp Company from Manus

St. Sgt. Willi Kana – Sp Company from Manus

Stewards at Xmas Party 68 clockwise from top - Morican, Yaki, Famudi, Gandi

Stewards at Xmas Party 68
clockwise from top – Morican, Yaki, Famudi, Gandi

Sgt.Togalua Pioneer - Tolai

Pioneer Sgt. Togalua – Tolai

Tommy Gill - Sergeants Mess cook

Tommy Gill – Sergeants Mess cook

WO 2 Herman Komeng - . CSM C Company from Sepik

WO 2 Herman Komeng – CSM C Company from Sepik

WO 2 John Tsioni -  CSM D Company from Buka

WO 2 John Tsioni – CSM D Company from Buka

WO 2 Samuga  - CSM Admin Company

WO 2 Samuga – CSM Admin Company

Yuyugao, Lcpl Minaba, Willi Maut from C Company

Yuyugao, Lcpl Minaba, Willi Maut from C Company

Bandmaster Jamie Whitecross & Jock Peni, '68 Xmas Party

Bandmaster Jamie Whitecross & Jock Peni, ’68 Xmas Party

Sgt John Sameso from Bougainville

Sgt John Sameso from Bougainville

Sgts Peter Karake & Max Hambo at a formal function

Sgts Peter Karake & Max Hambo at a formal function

Xmas Party '68

Xmas Party ’68

In and around Port Moresby
Port Moresby from Paga Hill

Port Moresby from Paga Hill

Port Moresby from Paga Hill

Port Moresby from Paga Hill

Port Moresby with Paga Hill in the background

Port Moresby with Paga Hill in the background

Idlers Bay

Idlers Bay

Idlers Bay

Idlers Bay

Police Band at the South Pacific Games

Police Band at the South Pacific Games

Port Moresby and the well known policeman

Port Moresby and the well known policeman

Taurama Beach

Taurama Beach

The Macdui in Port Moreby Harbour - a victim of Japanese bombing in World War II

The Macdui in Port Moreby Harbour – a victim of Japanese bombing in World War II

The wreck of the Macdui in Port Moresby Harbour

The wreck of the Macdui in Port Moresby Harbour

The Rigo Country Club

The Rigo Country Club

Wirraway at Jacksons Airport

Wirraway at Jacksons Airport

Port Moresby Show

Port Moresby Show

Participant at a singsing, Kila Kila

Participant at a singsing, Kila Kila

Pikinini at Sogeri Market

Pikinini at Sogeri Market

A discriminating PNG smoker smoking the South Pacific Post or Niugini Toktok.

A discriminating PNG smoker smoking the South Pacific Post or Niugini Toktok.

From Trig Hill behind the camp. Houses to the right are the PI married quarters.

From Trig Hill behind the camp. Houses to the right are the PI married quarters.

From Trig Hill, Bootless Bay looking up the coast to the east

From Trig Hill, Bootless Bay looking up the coast to the east

From Trig Hill, the road from Boroko to the camp

From Trig Hill, the road from Boroko to the camp

From Trig Hill, transport compound in the middle, mound on the left is the rifle range

From Trig Hill, transport compound in the middle, mound on the left is the rifle range

Hanuabada Village

Hanuabada Village

Marine Base Port Moresby waterfront

Marine Base Port Moresby waterfront

Mekeo Dancers

Mekeo Dancers

Native hut at the end of the Sogeri Road, 4 wheel drive from this point on

Native hut at the end of the Sogeri Road, 4 wheel drive from this point on

Sgt Holmes Tamarua

Sgt Holmes Tamarua

2 thoughts on “Photo Gallery of a Taurama Barracks Chalkie

  1. Peter
    Amazing to see these photos and some of the faces again. Not only do they bring back my memories but have been helpful in adding to stories I have told the family about the time spent in PNG. Still have fond memories of diving in PNG and still have the cowrie collection I made up there. Seeing these has prompted me to start looking for my photo collection which I have not seen for some years now. Hopefully I will be able to find a few more of the “chalkies” we worked with at Taurama.

  2. Peter,
    The photos bought back so many happy memories! I did indeed know many of those pictured here, friends and colleagues from a distant past. Under the section entitled ‘Soldiers of 1PIR during 1968-69’ the ‘pommie’ soldier was in fact Roger Snuggs from Signals. For those who were not at Taurama Barracks at this time, you may well recognise many of the soldiers pictured as they, unlike us, were transferred to other battalions over their many years of service and may well have found themselves posted to your battalion or section during the period, 1966-73. Peter, a truly remarkable snapshot from 1PIR. Well done!

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