Category Archives: South Pacific

New Guinea, New Britain, Bougainville; Port Moresby, Lae, Rabaul, Kieta, Arawa, Panguna, Barapinang, Nasioi

Bougainville reprise

The Panguna copper mine changed Bougainville Island forever. The impact of World War II on Bougainville was temporary. It lasted only three years, after which time the belligerent forces left. Bougainville returned to being a forgotten place in the world. … Continue reading

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The last challenge

The flight attendant came straight to my seat, smiling sweetly. “May I see your ticket, sir?” After battling my way on overbooked aircraft all the way from Bougainville Island, I was paranoid. And not just a little feisty. “Certainly, you … Continue reading

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Bound for Australia, but –

To make room for me on the flight from Port Moresby to Brisbane, they converted two first class seats into three narrower, coach class seats. The woman, who had already occupied the seats with her son, was enraged. “What are … Continue reading

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Somebody up there likes me!

I sat in Port Moresby air terminal and watched passengers board that Boeing 727 jet aircraft headed for Brisbane, Australia. After a while the air terminal was empty. I was alone, with all my stuff. After what seemed a long, … Continue reading

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Port Moresby airport sit-in

The ticket attendant at Lae airport was pessimistic. “We have a seat for you to Port Moresby, but all flights farther south are fully booked for the next three months. All hotels in Port Moresby are full. You’d be better … Continue reading

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A gracious person

The Fokker Friendship aircraft from Rabaul to Lae was fully booked. As I languished at the Rabaul air terminal, praying for a miracle, the ticket attendant came over, smiling. “We have a seat for you. A Chinese lady had booked … Continue reading

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Missed reservations

When that DC-3 left me on the ground at Aropa airfield, all my flight reservations to Australia departed with it. “We have a chartered Aztec flying to Rabaul tomorrow. You can go with us.” OK, that was good, but because … Continue reading

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Stranded in Bougainville

My TPNG visa, good for 90 days, was due to expire.  I  stowed the geophysical equipment and prepared to return to Australia. The Bougainville exploration project  was exploding, straining the air service from Australia to New Guinea.  Flights were fully … Continue reading

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More pictures from Bougainville

Here are some more photos I took, that don’t really relate to anything we did. The last photo shows a group of workers resting.  I’m the guy on the right.

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Picture of Trader Joe

Graeme Wellington has sent a Facebook link to a picture of Trader Joe McGinty, who I mentioned in an earlier blog.  Great picture! Graeme’s Facebook page contains many other pix of the early Panguna project, which you can also access … Continue reading

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