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Canoe making (PNG) Village woman (PNG)
Making a canoe in a village close to Port Moresby. A highland woman weaving a bag for sale in the markets.
Port Moresby cathedral (PNG) Kids having fun (PNG)
The Cathedral in Port Moresby built in the style of a "Haus Tamboran" Children enjoying the water in a village near Madang.
Outriggers on Ela Beach (PNG) War relics (PNG)
Outrigger canoes at Ela Beach in ort Moresby. They had regular races/regattas from the beach. Old World War II relics can still be seen in the forests around most of the major towns. This one is near Rabaul which was occupied by the Japanese during the war.
Copra plantation (PNG) Kids near Moresby (PNG)
Driving through copra (coconut) plantations in New Britain. Children just having fun in the sand.
Highlands Show (PNG) Highlands Show (PNG)
Villagers dressed in their best finery for the Highlands Show. This one was held in Mount Hagen. The Highlands Show brings people from all over the country to compete in a myriad of competitions such as dance, costume and greasy pole.

Fishermen (PNG)


Long house (PNG)
Fishermen check their baskets off Port Moresby A long-house in the Southern Highlands - near Mendi
Highland village (PNG) Port Moresby (PNG)
A village in the highlands near Goroka. The mountain in the background is My Elimbari. Port Moresby in the seventies. It is probably very different now.
All dressed up! (PNG) Kokoda river crossing (PNG)
Dressed for the Show. The Kokoda Track - one of the river crossings. It could be scary.
Kagi village (PNG) Isurave village (PNG)
Kagi Village on the Kokodo track. Villages often had a "guest house" where walkers could stay. These were very basic - the floor and roof were mostly intact but there were no furnishings or conveniences. Isurava village - at the end of day 1. Everyone was very friendly and helpful but usually could not spare any food for you to buy so you had to carry all your supplies.
Watching for leeches (PNG) Kokoda end (PNG)
A lot of the track is heavily infested with leeches - hence my "concentration". You are advised to wear shorts so that if the leeches get on you, at least you get the chance to see them and do something. Four and a half days later! We had a friend meet us with a few "tinnies" and bottles of "champers".
The Kokoda Track was the first time the Japanese were beaten on land during the war. It was the scene of two "fighting withdrawals". The Aussies firstly withdrew from Kokoda back to within reach of Port Moresby. They were ordered to hold the position at Imita Ridge and die before allowing the enemy to enter Port Moresby. The Japanese supply lines were too stretched and they too had to finally retreat. Many died of starvation although they were camped in native gardens. They didn't recognise the food around them! The track is only 100 km long and is never higher than about 7000 feet BUT you climb the equivalent of Mount Everest while walking its length because there is only about 5 km that is flat. Our group trained for several weeks before attempting the walk - and we were all pretty fit and young at the time anyway.

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