In February 1965 I flew back to Papua New Guinea after being on leave at home in Sydney. I had been recovering from hepatitis and after 8 weeks leave I was fit and well and happy to return to teaching in Port Moresby. I was still living in the women's hostel on Touaguba Hill overlooking the harbour. However, I had put my name down to share a house. The Australian Government paid our fares to go on leave and return as well as providing accommodation for us.
The only way in and out of PNG is by ship or plane. This is the wharf in Port Moresby taken from the roof of my hostel in 1965
I had a motor scooter to get to work and go sight seeing on weekends. This must have been Saturday because these are the boats that were filled with church going passengers for the Seventh Day Adventist Church. After church the people returned to their villages in these big canoes.
Hanuabada is one of the villages near Port Moresby. Many of the houses are built over the water on stilts.
Koki is another village in Port Moresby where the people lived on house boats.
Also at Koki there was a big market place.
Port Moresby Hospital in 1965. It looks much better today. I spent some time here with hepatitis and later with a bladder infection.
House of Assembly 1965. PNG was governed by Australia from 1901 until 1975 with an interruption during the second world war when the Japanese invaded. In 1975 an attractive new building was completed in the style of a traditional 'mens' house in the villages, for the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea.
It was back to work for me at Korobosea 'A' (Australian curriculum) School. More buildings were being erected which made it fun on playground duty. The school is now Korobosea International School.
My class singing an action song. We were preparing for Education Week
Showing our best pages.
Almost time to go out and play. They were great kids to teach. No behaviour problems.