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28 December 2012


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My father Bernard Hawkins worked for Steamies. Is Mr Underwood's name Delmar? As I'm pretty sure my brother was named after him.I use to love the Xmas party's as a child. Good old days!!

Hi - I am happy to announce the updated Steamships history book will be available for free on Kindle later in the year.

It will also be published on a free Steamies app...again available later in the year. This launch will be a part of our 100 year celebrations.

I am happy to collect stories, old pics (etc) for inclusion. These will be collected and returned at our cost and full credit given. Email me at

I am looking for a man named Reinhard Meyer who worked for Steamship HQ in Port Moresby in the 1970s. Does anyone know of him or is in contact with him please let me know. Thank you.

There are a few copies available on the internet but you are looking at AU$660 - AU$675 for it.

Steamies seems to have ignored my hint about a cheaper paperback.

I managed to skim through this book at Phil Franklin's Haus Guria one evening over at Salamaua several years ago and Jim Sinclair has done an excellent job.

He also wrote a good book on SP Brewery, which featured the infamous Jumbo expedition up the Highlands Highway.

My late brother Ron Corden had some fabulous tales of long lunches in The Aviat Club with many ex Steamship renegades but they were timid somewhat compared to any of the Bank of NSW functions.

I joined Steamships in 1972 as sales rep for the wholesale grocery department at No 3 Shed in Port Moresby.

I rejoined the company a few years later as Assistant Manager of Wholesale Grocery.

I loved every minute of my time with STC & being in POM.

I worked for a short time around1967-68 for Steamships at their Mariboi rubber plantation In the Kanosia district.

I have endeavoured to find out a little more on this area and Steamships operations in the past without success: so I am very pleased to come across this site.

Steamies first big fire was at their Mt Hagen Hotel on 3 January 1971. On 3 November the Mount Hagen Hardware Store was totally lost in another fire.

The Main Store in Port Moresby caught fire at 6.45 am on Saturday, 9 September 1972. The Supermarket, Ladies Wear, Packing Room, Country Orders and Reserve Stock areas were all consumed and there was a great deal of water damage to stock and fittings in other sections of the store.

The store re-opened on a limited scale on 21 September (there was a big fire sale on 15-16 September). It took until July 1974 for the store to be rebuilt and open again.

I wonder if the book mentions when the Steamies store burnt down during the 1970s. The question has come up in the FB group "I lived in PNG".

Hi,I did a fitout of the goroka store in 1970 only to see it all tumble down when an earth quake hit about 5am in the morning,I had a great time there as the people were so retired and hoping to take a trip back there one day

I also worked at Steamships Goroka, Lae, Rabaul & Port Moresby, leaving in January 1984 for Cairns, now back in Campbelltown.

Hi Phil, I was accountant at Steamies, Samarai, and my wife was the senior clerk there from January 1973 to September 1975.

Prior to that, I was based at Moresby and was the accounttant for Liquid Air, Rabaul Stevedores, Coral Sea Travel, Sevensons and Nabiri Quaries.

We experienced some geat times with Steamies and they were a great company to work for. I have been trying to get hold of the book for some time now but haven't been successful.

Love your comments!

Good to hear the comments from Bill Dunlop as I worked with Bill at Plant and Transport, Works and Supply H.Q.Boroko.

I left at the end of 1981,

G'Day Phil
I had the pleasure to be the Transport Manager, From Easter 1973 untill 1976, When I then Became the Manager
Fot the Plant And Transport Authority,Bougainville.
"North Solomons".In those days.
Mr H D Underwood, Was "GOD" { MD } of Steamships,
Just like Tom Ellis Was he Kiaps GOD.
God bless All.

William dunop

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