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    Hanuabada (Hanuada) National Capital District Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Parer June 18, 1942
Lat 9° 26' 60S Long 147° 7' 60E  Hanuabada village is located at an elevation of 3' above sea level and is comprised of huts built on stilts at the edge of Fairfax Harbor. Also spelled "Hanuada". In the Motu language, Hanuabada means "big village". A rock formation is known as Hanabada Point surrounded by huts on stilts. Borders the Port Road to the north on the mainland of the southern coast of New Guinea. To the south is Port Moresby (Town) and to the northwest is Tatana Island and Motukea Island.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, Hanuabada village provided laborers for the Allied war effort in the Port Moresby area. Also, native laborers from other areas lived here during the war. Wartime maps often refer to this location as simply "Native village". During the Pacific War, many Allied personnel would visit Hanuabada to experience a native village, take photographs or buy or trade local crafts or foods.

Although the village was not directly targeted by Japanese air raids, many Japanese bombing missions targeted shipping in Fairfax Harbor including the June 18, 1942 sinking of MV MacDhui to the northwest of the village.

By 1943, a fuel jetty and pipeline was built from Hanabada Point into Fairfax Harbor allowing fuel from ships to be piped to the northeast over the hills to the east of Burns Peak into June Valley then down to the northern end of 5 Mile Drone (Ward Drome).

Hanuabada is one of the last villages built on stilts over water on the southern coast of New Guinea. The village is much larger today encompassing the shore area to the west of the road with houses surrounding Hanabada Point. Today, houses are still made on stilts but have metal roofs, electricity and other modern amenities.

Hanuabada Cemetery
Located at Hanuabada. This cemetery was established prewar as a burial ground for expatriates that died in the Port Moresby area. During early 1942, used to bury Allied personnel killed in the Port Moresby area including Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel and U. S. Army personnel. A section or portion of this cemetery was known as USAF Cemetery #1 in Port Moresby or USAF Cemetery #1 Teak (code name for Port Moresby). Postwar, the graves where exhumed and Commonwealth moved to Bomana War Cemetery and the Americans removed to Australia then transported to the United States for permanent burial. Burials of expatriate Australians remained at this cemetery, including ex-servicemen.

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Last Updated
March 18, 2020


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