Monday, December 31, 2012

Rabaul


Rabaulmixed media on canvas Roger Smith 1979
Rabaul    Mixed media on canvas       Roger Smith        1979
I produced this painting while still living and working in Goroka and gifted it to my friends from Wanganui, Michelle and Ean Cantell, who were living in Lae at the time I went 'finis'.

While rather abstract expressionist in style, it reflected my response to the the turbulent nature of the volcano that over looked the peaceful tranquillity of the bay and palms.

 As it turn out this proved to be rather prophetic as Rabaul's volcano (Tavurvur) is one of the most violent in the region and destroyed the town in 1994 when it erupted again.
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Goroka Pharmacy

The Goroka Pharmacy
Source: Sarah Jane Stace
I remember this well as the owner was a Kiwi called Peter Price and his father just happened to be the headmaster at Rotorua Lakes High School where I was teaching, before coming to Goroka.

Talk about coincidences!  If I recall correctly the enterprise was a little gold mine for the owners.

Goroka Pharmacy circa 1971
Source: Brian Wilson

Steamships department store was across the street from Burns Philps
Source: Sarah Jane Stace

The Goroka Museum
Source: Sarah Jane Stace
The Museum held some good artifacts, particularly the stone tools.  It also traced the development of the Eastern Highlands and the journeys of the Leahy's.
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