10. Mango Avenue 2004

Post-eruption Mango Avenue in 2004. In 1963 the avenue was lined by big rain trees, and had lots of hibiscus, frangipani, crotons, travellers palms, etc. I remember Colyer Watson's store with its mechanical punkah set on the ceiling - all so tebbly colonial. Just a few metres on the right from where this photo was taken is all that remains of the old Palms cinema - a flight of concrete steps standing by themselves. The Palms cinema was a very popular Saturday night venue, where you could watch the flicks and puff away without breaking any rules on your two-bob-a-packet Gold Leaf fags. Oh those innocent days before lung cancer had been invented! (My wife took this photo - I haven't been back to PNG since I left in early 1986).

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