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aussie 23-10-2002 09:41 PM

Driving around Lae, Morobe Province
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When you fly into Lae, you have to land at Nadzab airport which is some 40 minutes drive out of the town centre depending on the state of the roads.

Welcome to Nadzab Airport :

aussie 23-10-2002 09:44 PM

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Our staff member Maureen (her first time in Lae for the Morobe Show) poses here for a photo with the bus driver before the drive into Lae City to the Huon Gulf Hotel :

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Big open carpark at Nadzab :

Editors Note: If you are travelling in and out of Lae often, it is wise to join the Air Niugini Executive Club. It is relatively cheap and can be a lot more comfortable in their lounge then being forced to wait for hours in the outer public area, especially if you flight is running behind schedule. Air Niugini charge K275.00 for membership per annum which also entitles you to their lounge in Port Moresby.

aussie 23-10-2002 09:55 PM

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Lake near the Lae Showgrounds :

I was dared to swim across this pond when I was about 10. I did it. Not sure who was there at the time, but it was quite dagerous, as the weed was very long and close to the surface. I was was aware of it the whole 150 metres I assure you. Hope my son never does this **** for a dare. Like I have proved here, I can't even remember who dared me 25 years later :) young and stupid.

Has anyone else swum across the Round Water?

This is not a dare. Don't ever attempt it. (N)


aussie 23-10-2002 10:00 PM

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If you are looking to book a car to take you to and from Nadzab, contact Morobe Tours : Telephone +675 479 4787 :

aussie 23-10-2002 10:10 PM

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Lae Golf Clubhouse.

Lae has one of the most beautiful golf courses in Papua New Guinea. Whilst having one of the highest rainfalls in the country, I have never known a time that golf could not be played.

If you are a tennis player, there are tennis courts for your pleasure as well as a chinese restaurant situated on the premises for a night out on the town.

aussie 23-10-2002 10:14 PM

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Lonely coconut on the waterfront close to the Lae Yacht Club :

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Location of Lae :

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Aerial view of Lae City :

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Lae Post Office taken 19th October, 2002 :

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ANZ Bank Building, Lae city centre :

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Mobil Service Station situated on the left hand side of the road heading towards the showgrounds. The lake (roundwater) is on the right hand side of this road :

aussie 23-10-2002 10:23 PM

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Roundabout - old Lae airstrip in the background :

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Looking down on the old Lae airstrip :

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Big Rooster :

aussie 23-10-2002 10:27 PM

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Lae Market 19th October, 2002 :

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Gun - surrounded by tropical plants :

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End of the airstrip, Milford Haven Road, 19th October, 2002 :

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PMV Bus Stop, CBD Lae, 19th October, 2002 :

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Lae Yacht Club :

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Lae War Cemetery :

Location Information :

Lae is a town and port at the mouth of the Markham River on the Huon Gulf. Lae War Cemetery is located adjacent to the Botanical Gardens in the centre of Lae.

Historical Information :

In the early months of 1942, Japan enjoyed a crushing superiority in the air, and it was Lae and its neighbouring airfields that were the objects of the first Japanese attack on New Guinea. Lae and Salamaua were bombed on 21 January 1942 by 100 planes, but the land forces did not enter the territory until 7 March, when 3,000 Japanese landed at Lae. There were landings too at Salamaua, followed on 21 July by further landings at Buna and Gona on the east coast in preparation for a drive through the Owen Stanley Mountains across the Papuan peninsula to Port Moresby. The vital stage of the New Guinea campaign dates from that time. Lae became one of the bases from which the southward drive was launched and maintained until it was stopped at loribaiwa Ridge, a point within 60 kilometres of Port Moresby.

LAE WAR CEMETERY was commenced in 1944 by the Australian Army Graves Service and handed over to the Commission in 1947. It contains the graves of men who lost their lives during the New Guinea campaign whose graves were brought here from the temporary military cemeteries in areas where the fighting took place. The Indian casualties were soldiers of the army of undivided India who had been taken prisoner during the fighting in Malaya and Hong Kong. The great majority of the unidentified were recovered between But airfield and Wewak, where they had died while employed in working parties. Of the two men belonging to the army of the United Kingdom, one was attached to 219th Australian Infantry Battalion and the other was a member of the Hong Kong-Singapore Royal Artillery. The naval casualties were killed, or died of injuries received, on H.M. Ships King George V, Glenearn and Empire Arquebus, and the four men of the Merchant Navy were killed when the S.S. Gorgon was bombed and damaged in Milne Bay in April 1943.

The cemetery contains 2,818 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 444 of them unidentified.

Prior to the First World War, north-eastern New Guinea and certain adjacent islands were German possessions, and were occupied by Australian Forces on 12 September 1914. Several cemeteries in New Guinea contain the graves of men who died during that war. There is one such grave in Lae War Cemetery, brought in from a burial ground where permanent maintenance could not be assured.

The LAE MEMORIAL, which stands in the cemetery, commemorates more than 300 officers and men of the Australian Army, the Australian Merchant Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force who lost their lives in these operations and have no known grave. Casualties of the Royal Australian Navy who lost their lives in the south-western Pacific region, and have no known grave but the sea, are commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial in England along with many of their comrades of the Royal Navy and of other Commonwealth Naval Forces.

Editors Note: My Uncle was killed during the war and is buried at this cemetery. Such a tragedy, so many young innocent lives mostly aged between 18 and 25 years of age. Many simply with the words 'Unknown Soldier' written on their graves.

aussie 23-10-2002 10:43 PM

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Best Buy stoa, corner of 2nd Street, Lae taken 19th October, 2002 : - old timers will remember this as the Burns Philp store.

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Brian Bell's store at Eriku :

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Morobe Showground Oval taken 19th October, 2002 :

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Anyone for a Lunch Box :

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Roads around after the upgrading taken in Lae, October, 2002 :

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Old PNGBC Building - taken 19th October, 2002 :

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PMV'S Lae Market, 19th October, 2002 :

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Morobe Provincial Government Building, 19th October, 2002 :

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Accommodation Wing at the Lae International Hotel which for old timers, was built where the TAA Mess used to be situated.

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Coca Cola sponsored Ferris Wheel at the Morobe Show held 18 & 19th October, 2002 :

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Newly built roads now surround Lae City compliments of AusAid :

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Haus Tisa, Lae - October, 2002 :

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Photo taken at the University of Technology PNG - The Rainforest Habitat :

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View of the Lae Showgrounds 18th October, 2002 :

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Young Morogean Girl at the Morobe Show, 19th October, 2002 :

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Inside the Melanesian Hotel, Lae :

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Lae Technical College :

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Paul's Coffee Lounge 1st Street in Lae : (Yes, old timers, he is STILL THERE and still making the same toasted sandwiches and coffee)

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Planet Rock Disco - situated just down the road from where the old Air Niugini hangar on the right hand side :

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