Port Moresby and Surrounds

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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
Port Moresby
Port Moresby from Caribou - Aug 67

Port Moresby from Caribou – Aug 67

Boroko to Koki - 1967

Boroko to Koki – 1967

Boroko from the air - 1967

Boroko from the air – 1967

Port Moresby wharves - 1967

Port Moresby wharves – 1967

Port Moresby from Iduabada Hill behind the school – 1971

Port Moresby - 1967

Port Moresby – 1967

Boroko with Murray Barracks - 1967

Boroko with Murray Barracks – 1967

Coast Road, Port Moresby - 1968

Coast Road, Port Moresby – 1968

Port Moresby Harbour - 1967

Port Moresby Harbour – 1967

Port Moresby Harbour - 1967

Port Moresby Harbour – 1967

Port Moresby - 1967

Port Moresby – 1967

Ela Beach from Paga Point - 1967

Ela Beach from Paga Point – 1967

Idlers Bay - 1968

Idlers Bay – 1968

House of Assembly, Port Moresby - 1968

House of Assembly, Port Moresby – 1968

Policeman directing traffic, Port Moresby - 1968

Policeman directing traffic, Port Moresby – 1968

Port Moresby street - 1968

Port Moresby street – 1968

Native market - Koki near Port Moresby - 1967

Native market – Koki near Port Moresby – 1967

Koki market at Port Moresby – 1971

Fishing vessels, Koki  - 1968

Fishing vessels, Koki – 1968

Road to Rigo - 1967

Road to Rigo – 1967

Kunai grass - 1968

Kunai grass – 1968

At Administrator's Residence - 1968

At Administrator’s Residence – 1968

Fishermans Island with surrounding reef - 1967

Fishermans Island with surrounding reef – 1967

Native settlement on Fishermans Island - 1967

Native settlement on Fishermans Island – 1967

Swamps near Port Moresby - 1967

Swamps near Port Moresby – 1967

Gun emplacement, Port Moresby - 1968

Gun emplacement, Port Moresby – 1968

Gun Emplacement, Port Moresby - 1968

Gun Emplacement, Port Moresby – 1968

Gun Emplacement with Sgts. Brian Davies and Jim Wells

Gun Emplacement with Sgts. Brian Davies and Jim Wells

Hanuabada and Port Moresby Harbour - 1967

Hanuabada and Port Moresby Harbour – 1967

Villages near Port Moresby - 1967

Villages near Port Moresby – 1967

Village, Port Moresby - 1967

Village, Port Moresby – 1967

Hanuabada village  - 1967

Wanigela settlement at Koki – 1967

Hanuabada village with Port Moresby in Background - 1967

Hanuabada village with Port Moresby in Background – 1967

Hanuabada village, Port Moresby - 1968

Hanuabada village, Port Moresby – 1968

Hanuabada - 1967

Tubusereia village, 30 kilometres east of Port Moresby, 1967

Hanuabada 1967

Tubusereia village, 30 kilometres east of Port Moresby, 1967

Houses in the sea, Hanuabada - 1967

Tubusereia village, 30 kilometres east of Port Moresby, 1967

Hanuabada - 1967

Tubusereia village, 30 kilometres east of Port Moresby, 1967

Children playing between house, Hanuabada - 1968

Children playing between house, Hanuabada – 1968

Kokoda monument, Port Moresby - 1968

Kokoda monument, Port Moresby – 1968

Graves – Bomona War Cemetry – June 67

Grave of Pte. Kingsbury VC – June 67

Bomona War Cemetry – June 67

Bomona War Cemetry – June 67

Hombroms Bluff - 1968

Hombroms Bluff – 1968

From Hombrums Bluff toward Port Moresby - 1968

From Hombrums Bluff toward Port Moresby – 1968

Roana Falls - 1968

Roana Falls – 1968

Monument, Sogeri - 1968

Monument, Sogeri – 1968

Owers Corner, Kokoda Track - 1968

Owers Corner, Kokoda Track – 1968

Kokoda Track - 1968

Kokoda Track – 1968

Oberi, Kokoda Track - 1968

Oberi, Kokoda Track – 1968

Mekeo tribesman in typical dress, Port Moresby - 1968

Mekeo tribesman in typical dress, Port Moresby – 1968

Mekeo tribesman in ceremonial dress, Port Moresby - 1968

Mekeo tribesman in ceremonial dress, Port Moresby – 1968

Iduabada Tech boys in traditional garb for a performance at the Moresby Show – 1971

12 thoughts on “Port Moresby and Surrounds

  1. I lived in 39 Wau Ave Murray Barracks from 1967 to 1969. Our paths must have crossed. I have a few photos. And memories, happy to share

    • Thanks Elaine, it would be fantastic to see any images you have – i am particularly keen to see any images of the Murray Barracks army houses, the Primary School, the barracks swimming pool and the views from the ‘hill’ overlooking the harbours… My Father was going to replace Roger Jackson as CO, however Roger stayed on as we were shipped back to Melbourne where my sister required medical specialists… if it’s easier for you to contact me, you could try my work email bruce.williams@bastionbrands.com.au
      i look forward to hearing from you Elaine
      cheers
      bruce

  2. What a great collection of photographs and memories. A fascinating time almost forgotten in history, just before PNG independence… I was a 7 year old son of Captain John F. Williams who served in Murray Barracks for just under a year.
    We returned to Australia with some great memories, but minimal photo’s!! In particular i was interested in knowing if anyone had pictures of ‘daily life’ at the time – i.e.: married quarters at murray barracks, houseboys, vegetation – trees, gardens, etc and any social activity… Dad used to involve us in movie nights – and sing-sings… I’m currently trying to write a book about our time there and any help to bring a little more reality to the images i have in my mind would be fantastic!

  3. Photo No. 32 Captioned Tatana Village 1967 is actually of the Wanigela settlement at Koki. The Market is on the left just out of picture. There are no photos of Tatana in this collection.

    Great photos and great memories.

    • Thought so, because I lived in Tatana, and the closest photo to Tatana, would have to be the one titled “Hanuabada village with Port Moresby in Background – 1967” ….. bUt that is a reverse shot IF it were Tatana with background of POM… as the village would have to be on the RIGHT of the shot towards POM.., in any case, the CAUSEWAY to Baruni Village is not included.

  4. Nice Pics….the 4 sepia looking ones captioned Hanuabada 1967 are actually of Tubusereia village, 30 kilometers east of Port Moresby.

  5. Hi Bob, just love your shots! I was first here back in 74 as a kid working in Moresby. I came back as an Advisor to Police in 2003 from the Territory and I’ve never gone back! I live out at 16 Mile on the Laloki River just past the former field hospital which was turned into Hugo Cannery (Ox & Palm bully beef production).

    I’m just about to take over the leases which make up Hombrums Bluff and I would really like to know more about the place, especially if you know any military history of the area or further shots?

  6. Ahhh… the last 2 pix (Mekeo and Iduabada) sends me back a way… I had a PMV (21 passenger carrying truck) that I drove from Port Moresby to bereina regularly 1 day there, next day back… as the roads were terrible in 1973, still being little more than the old Wartime Jeep track extended a bit with a few bridges added… until we hit the main river into Bereina itself, where the Mekeo people’s villages were centred from. In those days, we had to go around the edge of the hill jutting out towards Yule Island, to get to Iesubeipua village which was fairly close to the line-barge where we could cross the St Josephs River to enter Bereina town. The Mekeo people were my best passengers, and those people would rather pay me extra fare, than allow space for 1 Goilala! – the almost pygmy Goilala were considered unfair fighters, as they would use razor-sharp axes instead of fists.

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