An original account by Captain Geoffrey Walker
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Here is an extract….
It must be said that my time in New Guinea and the Paradise Island must rank amongst my most romantic of nostalgia. I was very fortunate to live and work in New Guinea, Bougainville, Lihir, and Simberi, including such exotic places as Palau as well as the less exciting like Nauru and Ocean Islands. Over my years spent at sea and working in the region I can say with hand on my heart that they were some of the most enjoyable and the adage that PNG only attracts Missionaries, Moneymakers or Misfits is entirely untrue.
My first introduction to the “Paradise Islands” was in 1973. I had been offered a post as Master on one of the Pacific Island Navigation Company vessels trading around the Pacific Islands but during the process of seeking alternative new challenges away from a seagoing life, I came across an advert in an Australian newspaper, for a Cargo Superintendent based in Bougainville; to be precise, the Port of Anewa Bay, which is a stone’s throw away from the Islands colonial City of Kieta. With tongue in cheek and full of self confidence, I sent off a quick letter to the advertiser, thinking I would hear no more. To my great surprise, I received a prompt response, in which I was requested to attend an interview. My permanent home and place of abode was Hong Kong but it just so happened I was visiting Australia at the time so attending an interview in Melbourne was an easy task.