What make and model is this car?

October 28, 2010 at 12:13 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Frank, driving, & Jim Wall in a car in Melbourne during WWI

I’m intrigued to know what the make and model of this car is. Can any of my readers tell? If so, make a comment.

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Shots of the Sepik River

October 24, 2010 at 2:48 am (Angoram, Papua New Guinea) (, , , )

Sepik River at Angoram 2

Children at play, Sepik River, Angoram

Sepik River at Angoram

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Bowers battles the botanical barrenness and removes bitter bushes

October 12, 2010 at 4:59 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

David Augustus Wall & John Bowers in Como, early 1980s

David Augustus Wall & John Bowers look triumphant in the success of John’s efforts to remove nocuous bushes from the garden.

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Two past residents of Angoram looking fit and well

October 9, 2010 at 1:53 am (Angoram, expatriates, Papua New Guinea) (, , , , , )

Sava Maksic & Sue Treutlein - Cairns October 2010

(Photo supplied by Marina Treutlein.)

As Marina said: “both looking good, fit and healthy”, and I would fully endorse this. Perhaps the waters of the Sepik River have something of the elixir of youth about them, and whatever else, I can only say, Sue & Sava, you both look remarkable.

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A trip to the Sepik in January, 1978

October 7, 2010 at 7:57 am (Angoram, Papua New Guinea, PNG, Wewak) (, , , , , , )

Dave Wall, Pete Johnson, Wewak

Boram Beach, Wewak & haus tambaran, Angoram

Boram Beach & Ron Perry, Wewak Hills

Cemetery end of the airstrip, Angoram

Angoram, Jim Koeser, Fr Dwyer in Gavien

Wewak gas depot & Wall and Johnson at Boram

Sepik River, Ron Perry, trade store

Tobacco Rd, Angoram, Las Kampani, Angoram & Wewak

Fr Fons Ruijter's setup in Gavien, his vehicle on Tobacco Rd, Angoram

Sub-district office, hospital, Angoram, Wom, Johnson & Koeser outside post office, Angoram


Priceless artefact

Angoram shots

Angoram, Perry & Wall in Wewak

Mankimasta, Angoram, Wewak, Pete Johnson, Cape Wom

Catholic Mission, Angoram, Wewak Road, Angoram

Wall, Johnson, Koeser and maybe Elizabeth, Sepik River

Wewak, Angoram & Wewak (?)

Boram, Dave Wall

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Photo of the execution of the Namoa pirates

October 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )


Execution of the Namoa pirates

At the time some of my forebears were living in China. I hope they had no part in this! The photo comes from my grandfather’s collection.

I looked closely at an enlarged version of the above photo and I just made out an inscription at the bottom: “NAMOA” PIRATES. For a full description click on:


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The call of the river

September 21, 2010 at 7:11 am (Angoram, artifacts, David Wall, Deborah Ruiz Wall, Papua New Guinea) (, , , , , , , , , )

This photo has a bit of history about it. In 1969 a group of Japanese academics from Kyoto City University visited the Sepik, and stayed for a number of weeks in Angoram, collecting artefacts and even some human skulls – a Sepik art form. They did linguistic and anthropological studies in the area.

The leader of the group was a professor of English and a veteran of the Japanese campaign in China during WW II – a charming and distinguished gentleman. There were two other young men who were associate professors and a beautiful young woman – an anthropologist.

They all had an extraordinary capacity for Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky, which we all consumed in a convivial atmosphere of discussions with no language problems. I have the names of each member of the visiting party in a trunk somewhere or other in my attic.

Back to the subject of the photo. This was taken by one of the Japanese from a river boat that they were travelling on – on their way to Pagwai and hence to Maprik. I was also on my way upriver on a patrol in a canoe – from memory, to the Middle Sepik. The photographer called out to me after taking the picture –  “Come to Kyoto, David,  it’s your city!”

So much for the international flavour of the old Angoram.

Oh, yes, this is the first photo my wife, Deborah, saw of me, so it must have something about it!!

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C Wyatt, a legend in his own time, makes a visit.

September 10, 2010 at 1:36 am (Angoram, artifacts, expatriates, Papua New Guinea, PNG) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Cedric Wyatt, Rick Wyatt, CWyatt - a legend in his own time!

What a pleasure it was to see Rick after many years – an old expat Sepik hand – Education Officer, Cultural Development Officer and extraordinary character.

We spoke of many things and people – kiap(s), ol didiman, teachers,  missionaries, politicians, medical officers, medical assistants, malaria control officers, doktaboi(s), ol meri na misis, ol  mankimasta, traders, artefact buyers, educators, crocodile shooters, recruiters, the God fearing and the not so God fearing, canoes and the present state of PNG. These are just a glimpse of the depth of our discussions.

We were both intrigued with a rumour going around Angoram that the late Patoman, a mankimasta/butler, who had served many expats in the past, did leave a memoir, dictated to a tourist and written down in the 1980s just before he died. This manuscript, if it exists, would be a priceless document for a social historian researching the Sepik.

In life it’s a wonderful thing to catch up with old friends, especially ones of the calibre of Rick.

(To the locals Rick was mainly known as CWyatt, particularly in Kaup, a coastal village where he spent a considerable time as a teacher.)

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The Kimberleys unlocked

June 14, 2010 at 5:09 am (Deborah Ruiz Wall) (, , , , , )

Deborah Ruiz Wall's photographic brilliance revealed!

The sea, a source of food

Anthropologists, Yuriko Yamanouchi & Deborah Ruiz Wall, discover the complexities of the Kimberleys.

We all expect great things from these two intrepid social scientists!

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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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