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03 February 2016

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Great story. Keep writing!

I enjoyed it too Bill.

The thing about the bus which I recall, is the amount of dust which covered us by the end of our trip to Kwikila's old kalabus where we were housed for the few months orientation.

We married guys had left our wives behind in Sydney to join us after the course. We got a room at Mapang until flying out via a stopover in Rabaul ('due to weather in New Ireland') to Kavieng.

I arrived at my posting in New Hanover on Christmas Eve.

Those 45 years have flown.

I need to read this book. I can get a glimpse of a beautiful past.
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Not a book yet, Philip, but Bill Brown is preparing more articles for PNG Attitude taken from his unpublished memoir, which I hope won't stay unpublished for long - KJ

Excellent please carry on. Many of us chalkies had similar experiences.

It sure brings back the memories. Thanks Bill.

Our arrival was also through that corrugated iron shed in 40+ degrees and that comment about the 'bus' that took us to our field training at Kwikila in '69....

You've said it Phil. Dark blue with white top admin colours and 60 miles of potholes and no padded seats and Nonsa from Buang driving.

Looking forward to the next episode Bill.

Your frank and detailed style is most engrossing.

I hope there's a book on the way.

PS They were still using the same bus to pick up new cadets in 1967 when I arrived - except maybe they'd painted it dark blue.

Terrific story Bill, just as I remember my arrival in PNG four years later.

But where can we buy your book?

Down to earth writing, the poor guy.

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