Papua New Guinea Association of Australia Collection, UQFL387, Box 9, Folder 5, Parcel 4, image 56
The Papua New Guinea Association of Australia Collection, UQFL387 consists of photographs, typescript articles, correspondence, diaries, notes and ephemera documenting personal experiences of colonial administration and general life in Papua New Guinea. The collection was assembled by Dr Peter Cahill, from material donated by members of the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia.
Box 9, Folder 5, Photographs were donated by Josie Wallenius. The folder include photographs of her parents Don and Kath Honeysett in Mandated Territory of New Guinea, where Don was an employee of Bulolo Gold Dredging Ltd. Parcel 4 consists of photographs taken in Bulolo and Baiune on mainland New Guinea and include views of Bulolo Gold Dredging mine, social activities, and locals. The photographs cover the period 1929-1932 approximately.
Bulolo was an important gold dredging centre, situated on the Bulolo River in the Morobe Province. Dredging for gold was begun on 21 March 1932, with the whole of the 1,100 ton dredge (No 1 dredge) transported to the field in pieces by air from the port city of Lae. The largest single part was the main tumbler shaft, 12 feet long and weighing 6,870 pounds. Construction of No 2 dredge was underway before No 1 dredge was completed in October 1932. The mine constructed eight dredges at Bulolo and Wau from dismantled parts flown in using three Junkers aircraft. This resulted in a total airlift of 39,417 tons of freight, for production of 1.3 million ounces of gold, until the planes were destroyed by Japanese fighters in 1942. (Information from 28942, Hubert Archibald Williamson New Guinea Photographs, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland; State Library New South Wales. (2015). Papua New Guinea: exploration for gold.)
Handwritten text on back of photograph reads 'The Lae cricket match / March, 1933. / Your just in ?'. Stamp mark on back of photograph reads 'SMITH / PRINT / NEW GUINEA'. Duplicate of image 54.