During the 60's I was teaching in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea. By 1967 I had completed my compulsory three years but I had made many friends and I loved my job so I returned to live there some more. I had a boyfriend too which helped me decide to return.
I taught in Pt Moresby at Korobosea Primary 'A' School. That means a school teaching the Australian Curriculum for expatriate children mostly from Australia but some from Europe and some local children too.
The building in the background was the medical college behind the hospital (I think)
I wondered, "Would the boat float?" I wasn't popular for having doubts. It was early morning so J could get the boat transported by road without traffic hassles.
The boys managed to get the boat onto the truck which took the boat to Ela Beach from Boroko.
All seemed good so now it was time to add the outboard motor.
It did float and we had some fun trips in the boat. We went fishing in it too. I was amazed at how easy it was to catch fish in the tropics. I hung my line over the edge of the boat and you could see through the crystal clear sea and watch the fish come and feed off the hooks. You could see when to give the line a tug and hook the fish. One after the other we landed into the boat. There was hardly any waiting for a bite. We had some great fish dinners on these days. However, I was not mad keen on boating or fishing it is okay now and then but I find it a bit boring.
in earlier posts, and I had enjoyed going out with friends but it was always exciting at the end of the year when it was time to fly back home to Sydney (at the governments expense) and spend Christmas with my family. The photo above is the road to Jacksons Airstrip with its tiny terminal.
We only have a small family. Mum, Dad, my brother, David, his wife Ann and children, Liz, David and Michael. David and family were also on leave from TPNG.
It wasn't often that we were on leave together so this is a rare photo of the four of us. (Now I am the only one left)
My mum could cook the best Christmas dinner, English style.