Henry Mayer Port Moresby's Micro History: Coins & Trench Art
On the Bootless
Bay end of Jackson
Airport runway are hills overlooking the bay/sea and southern
part of the airport.On
where Australian troops dug in anticipating Japanese landings prior
to the Battle of the
Coral Sea when the invasion force was turned back.
In this picture the ashtray, bomber, AIF bullet, aust plate
and one paticular coin shown here were found in the Bootless Bay area.
(top row, left) The ashtray is made
from the bottom of a jap shell-94mm across at the base.
(top row, left) The AIF (Australian Imperial
Forces) bullet is a.303 Lee-Enfield rifle.
(top row, left) The australian continent was also made from a .303 bullet.
(top row, middle) The
bomber plane was most likely carved out of a plane prop.(i have a
mag article showing two fighter examples)
One coin (4th from the right,bottom
row) is a Palestine 1mil coin indicating the owner was a North
(top, right) The P-38 is a reconstructed example of one found at
9 mile area along the rouna (now Sogeri) road near Berry Drome. The material
various bullet / artillery calibres.
(lower) The coins are just a example of 650
odd mostly Australian coins found all over Port Moresby.
Credit: Henry Mayer Date: 2003
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