New Guinea photos taken by R.K. Walls during the War

December 10, 2013 at 10:04 am (Commentary, R.K.Walls, Rabaul)

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R.K. Walls, 1941

R.K. Walls, 1941

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Rabaul & Vunapope, 1941 (Photos taken by R.K. Walls)

December 13, 2012 at 4:41 am (Commentary, Pacific war, Photos, R.K.Walls, Rabaul, Vunapope)


Rabaul & Vunapope, 1941

1. The Cathedral – Vunapope Mission – Kokopo

2. Bishop’s Palace. The path is of powdered coral.

3.Central Administration Bldg Rabaul – note the sentry – native police – bldg. is discoloured by the dust.

4. The Rabaul Swimming Pool – Rabaul C. Coy in Capt Freddie Field and Pte Charlie Hilliard in foreground.

5. Supreme Court Building Rabaul.

6 .Carpenter’s House viewed from across the lawn – Bill McClemens and self ( Kevin. Walls) – A hill formerly in existence here was levelled for site of house and a valley filled in for lawns – all by native labour by hand.

7. The verandah – adjustable verandah blinds imported from America – practically everything else is an Eastern curio or treasure. Big bowl is of green glass half filled with water – purple flowers very tiny floating on top. Lt Crawford and self (Walls) in background.

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Photo taken in 1941 by R.K.Walls

December 12, 2012 at 7:51 am (Commentary, Pacific war, Photos, R.K.Walls, Rabaul, Territory New Guinea)

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Photo taken in 1941

CQMS Draper & Pte Bob Watts at Kabakaul Plantation where Aussies landed in 1914. Note plantation in the background & tinned beer in hand.

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December 12, 2012 at 4:32 am (Angoram, Commentary, Photos, PNG, Rabaul, Territory New Guinea)

Melanesian beauty      Angoram photos

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A rare beauty!

December 11, 2012 at 11:56 pm (Commentary, R.K.Walls, Rabaul, Territory New Guinea)



“I haven’t seen one like this about here. It is probably taken on one of the islands – none of the locals can approach the good looks of this girl.”

Kevin Walls

Rabaul, 1941

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Scenes around Rabaul,1941

December 11, 2012 at 5:30 am (Commentary, Pacific war, Photos, R.K.Walls, Rabaul, Territory New Guinea)

Photos taken by R.K.Walls.

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Kevin Walls’ photos 1941

December 9, 2012 at 6:00 am (Commentary, Pacific war, Photos, R.K.Walls, Rabaul)

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Photos from left to right:

1.  Good example native hut – sides of coconut fronds – roof thatched with kunai grass

2.  New Guinea Club

3. The Treasury Building, Rabaul

4. Snap through porthole of ‘Katoomba’ in Sydney Harbour en route to Rabaul

5.  – outside the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Rabaul

6. Sgt. Walls & Lieut. Tolmer

7. Capt. Stockwell & Tommy Brannelly

8. Typical example of road around Rabaul

9. R.C. Church, St Xavier’s  – possibly the only fence in Rabaul

10. New Guinea Club

For a informative account of Kevin’s (R.K.Walls) active service, I would suggest a reading of The Coast Watchers by Patrick Lindsay, published by William Heinemann Australia, in 2010.

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Photos of Rabaul taken by R.K.Walls in 1941.

December 9, 2012 at 1:33 am (Commentary, Photos, R.K.Walls, Rabaul, Territory New Guinea)

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‘Easter Monday Sports Day, 1941, Rabaul,  Spectators – note Chinese girls’

Recently a number of photos, taken by the late Kevin Walls while he was in Rabaul in 1941 with the AIF, 8th Division, 2/22 Battalion, Lark Force as a Sergeant, have come into my possession, and gradually I’ll upload them on my blog with his comments.

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Matupi eruption, June 1941, Surrender leaflet, January 1942

March 31, 2010 at 5:05 am (Pacific war, Papua New Guinea, Rabaul) (, , , , )

Matupi eruption, Rabaul, June 1941

Leaflet dropped over Rabaul & Kokopo

Explanation of leaflet by R.K.Walls, AIF Sgt in New Britain at the time

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