Sgt Neil Gibson Clicking on a photo will display a full sized image of the photo in a new window.
Neil was in the first intake of National Servicemen to be posted to TPNG and spent his time at Murray Barracks. He mentions Dan’s Tours in some of his photos. Dan was WO2 Dan Winkel who organised trips around the territory as a result of pressure from this first group of National Servicemen.
PI married quarters with background hills showing that this was the dry season
Locally Enlisted Personnel (LEP) huts at Murray Barracks. After the afternoon rain (about 4.30 from memory). The rain times were fairly consistent during the wet season
Murray Barracks during the wet season
The Army Chapel at Murray Barracks circa 1967
Recruits quarters at the old Goldie River recruit training camp
Sgt Ken Hannaford at Goldie River (old camp hut was constructed for Ken and I for our stay running a course for Pacific Islander (PI) soldiers going to Portsea for officer training)
Sculpture at Sogeri near the entrance to the Kokoda Track
Group of us on the Kokoda Track. Sgt Neil Gibson in front, Sgt Don Benson on the right, Sgt Frank Cordingley on the left, and Sgt Ken Morcom in the centre.
I think that this contraption was for crossing the Goldie River. Cannot remember who was trying it out.
Sgts. Keith Bryant, John Teggelove, Ken Hannaford and one other (unknown).
Sgts Jim Knight, John Cuneen (both regular army), Ken Hannaford on guitar, Bruce Harris and Neil Gibson
Playtime at Ella Beach. Not sure if this is Ella Beach or near the entrance to Moresby harbour
Group of Prisoners (red laplaps) and Guards at the landing site at Kerema (I think). We had a number of prisoners from the local gaol working
Sgt Peter Wedgwood with part of a group that we were teaching – on picnic somewhere. I recognise some of the PI guys as being in a group that I had for Maths.
Dan’s Tours at Popendetta airstrip. This was a day trip over the Owen Stanley Ranges.
Dan’s Tours lands at Tapini. Twin Otter that was restricted to 19 passengers from memory because of the nature of this airstrip. A typical airstrip on the side of a mountain requiring a last minute 90 degree turn before landing.
Remote village with a tiny airstrip – seen on our way to Tapini (Dan’s Tours). No obvious roads in or out
View of Port Moresby from an Army Caribou with the loading bay door down to improve the view
Village that we visited – may have been on one of Dan’s trips or one visited during “Good Will” patrol
A village somewhere in the Bamu River area
The Great Debate: Conscription and National Service in Australia 1912-1972