Collection PHOTO 13 - Photographs from Bougainville, East New Britain and Kerema, Papua New Guinea

Rabaul 1945 Kokopo Tom and self Easter '49. Tom and Gwen Taylor. Buin Area School.  Caption damaged by paste, as follows: "1. Classroom Block; 2. Rec. Hall; ... No caption.Gwen and Tom Taylor with two nuns. (Francis Studios, Gympie.) No caption. Tom Taylor, Headmaster, Buin Area Primary School, along side class room.  Damaged print. No caption. Teacher (Tom Taylor ?) with children in class room. Buin Area school. No caption. Gwen Taylor with children. At Buin? (Francis Studios, Gympie.) Me with schoolboys 1953. Gwen Taylor at Buin Area School. (Francis Studios, Gympie.) No caption. Gwen Taylor with bicycle beside Buin Area School classroom. (Francis Studios, Gympie.)
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Photographs from Bougainville, East New Britain and Kerema, Papua New Guinea


  • c.1945-1961 (Creation)

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Gwen and Tom Taylor worked at the Buin Area School and Kerema in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea from 1945-1961. Tom Taylor was the principal.

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This collection of 44 photographs documents time spent by Gwen and Tom Taylor at Buin Area School and Kerema in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea from 1945 to 1961. Most of the photographs relate to Buin Area School and document the physical appearance of the school and various aspects of life there. These include photographs of students in classrooms, making cane furniture, weaving, swimming and gardening. Several photographs show Gwen Taylor holding babies and being pictured with nuns. Tom Taylor is pictured in a classroom and mention is made of his role as the principal of the school at Buin. Some of the photographs depict special occasions and ceremonial events being celebrated by local people. There are good examples of houses, school buildings and a church. One photograph depicts the purchase of a new truck and there are a few photographs depicting canoes, including an outrigger canoe. Also pictured are boats, including the MV Gona. One photo appears to show artillery at Kokopo. A few photographs feature non-local adults and children posing for the camera. One photograph shows a large cloud of smoke and appears to be the burning of garden. Another shows an explosion in the sea.

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Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, to be transferred to the National Library of Australia

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General note: The story of Gwen and Tom Taylor's time in Buin and Karema is not on record and further information is not available. The photographs are in approximate date order, although many are undated.


Keywords: World War Two, World War 2, World War II, WWII, WW2, W.W.II, W.W.2, Second World War, 2nd World War, Pacific War

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