8/3/07 - Afternoon at ASOPA 31/3/07:
Would appreciate if you
could publicise an 'afternoon at ASOPA' on Saturday 31 March 2-4 PM. The
Sydney Harbour Federation Trust is in the process of preparing for the
adaptive reuse of the site, the adjoining 30 Terminal Regiment Buildings and
the former Golf Clubhouse ( divided into 2 Officers married quarters). We are
interested to learn more about the Asopa site, the uses of the buildings over
time, who has photos, candidates for oral histories, what people feel were the
significant achievements of Asopa and its successor organisations, what should
be interpreted about the site and the organisation, etc. If people can attend
it will be great to make their acquaintance and get their feedback.
Senior Heritage Planner
02 8969 2101
8/3/07 - Business Manager wanted ...
Ex-Kiap Craig McConaghy
is involved in a primarily eastern highlands based business called Coffee
I've just received this note from him:
"I am looking for a person (ex-kiap, ideally) who may be interested in coming
up to PNG in short stints and working with our co-operative group HOAC
(Highlands Organic Agriculture Co-operative) as a business manager, setting
them up and 'making business' as the Fairtrade people call it. In short, it is
a volunteer job and accommodation will be provided plus an allowance for food
and other necessities. Security should not be a problem and the willing worker
would be well received by the community for the sixty days that they are
allowed in on a visa. Coffee Connections would work in closely with
the person, facilitating and making sure they are comfortable, etc. I mention
an ex-kiap because largely the person would need to be a self-starter, a
listener and a good leader.
The person would be based at Okapa in the Eastern Highlands and their
principle task would be to set up a coffee buying, collection and
consolidation operation for HOAC (Highlands Organic Agriculture Co-operative).
Down the track HOAC would also like to establish a small supermarket operation
and anything else that helps in the area. The scope is limitless and it would
be a challenge for a person who still has a bit of PNG benevolence in their
Obviously there is a lot more detail needed and I can give that by phone or a
personal meeting when I am in Brisbane next week (14-21 March)."
Craig can be contacted by email at
5/11/06 - Melbourne (Sandown)
1/4/06 - recent updates:
31st Jan 2005 - short note from the
Editor, I've not forsaken this site it's just that I'm back in PNG working and
on my breaks back in aussie I'm usually feeling too drained (shattered may be
a better word) to do anything with the web site. Perhaps next break I may be
able to extract the proverbial ... in the meanwhile the Forum
provides the opportunity for colleagues and friends to inter-act.
For those who have forwarded material for
publishing, particularly photographs, these have not been lost and will be
published once I overcome my malaise which has also been compounded by dissatisfaction
with the way I've been presenting these photographs to date, mainly the
issue relating to download speed, an issue which is under review with my mate, John McGregor.
Message from Canberra:
Prompted by the success of the Melbourne reunion, a group of
Canberra ex-kiaps is organising a reunion lunch in Canberra between 11am and
3pm on Sunday 3rd October (the Sunday of the NSW/ACT long weekend) in the
Members Dining Room at Old Parliament House. Lunch will be a traditional roast
lunch, with orange juice, tea/coffee and fruit, and the all up cost of $35
also covers room hire. There is ample free parking and wheelchair access, and
the venue is on bus routes.
Bookings close 16th February 2004.
The venue is an easy walk from Floriade, New Parliament
House, the National Gallery, the National Library, and so on, and long wei
liklik from the National Museum and the War Memorial. As the October long
weekend is in the middle of Floriade, accommodation bookings should be made
sooner, rather than later. Further information on Canberra is at
Mike and Marg Cockburn
email@example.com (02) 6255
Rick Nehmy firstname.lastname@example.org (02) 6254 1762 (AH) please.
John Wearne, 25 Brunswick Circuit, Kaleen ACT 2617, please
6241 5265, and payment must accompany the booking, which should be made by 31
27/8/04 - IAN DOWNS - RIP
IAN DOWN'S DIED 1.OOPM TUESDAY 24TH AUGUST 2004 AGED 89 (DOB
6 JUNE,1915) AT JOHN FLYNN HOSPITAL GOLD COAST. FUNERAL AT 1.OO PM MONDAY 30TH AUGUST METROPOLITAN FUNERAL
PARLOUR, 44 NIND STREET (CNR DAVENPORT ST) SOUTHPORT, QUEENSLAND
(07) 5531 1722 THEN AFTERWARDS AT THE DEL PLAZA HOTEL SCARBOROUGH ST (OPPOSITE).
ROSS JOHNSON (Treasurer and Membership Officer,
The ABC has re-released
the Taim Bilong Masta series in both CD and MP3 formats. The CD
series comprises 24 disks at a RRP of $150, plus postage and packing. The
MP3 series comprises two disks with a RRP of $50, plus postage and packing.
MP3 disks can be played on most new CD and DVD players and all computers,
provided you have a CD drive and the relevant software (ie Windows Media
Player or RealPlayer) installed.
The old cassette tapes of the series (released in the 70's) are now, in
many cases, suspect - I tried to play mine and found that all were
unplayable (tape sticking inside cassette) and no amount of fast forwarding
or rewinding would free the tape. So if you have the series, try a few in
your cassette player to see if they are still playable!
Negotiations with the ABC have given PNGAA the opportunity to provide
this series, in either of the above formats, to our members at a
considerable discount. In other words, PNGAA can supply at a price to you
which is significantly below the recommended retail price and which will
include postage and packing. Full details will be in our June Una Voce
This is an opportunity to preserve for our future generations a
24-program social history based on the administration of Papua New Guinea up
to self government and independence in 1975. Told by Australian men and
women who spent so many years living and working in PNG. The series was
produced by Tim Bowden.
It costs just $15 a year to join the Papua New Guinea Association of
Australia (PNGAA) and receive the excellent quarterly publication, Una Voce.
Send your cheque, bank draft or postal order
made out to the PNGAA at PNGAA, P0 Box 452, Roseville NSW 2069.