New Guinea Club (Rabaul)
P. O. Box 40
Rabaul, East New Britain
Papua New Guinea
The New Guinea Club is located in Rabaul in East New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Located directly to the north is the Anti-Aircraft & Search Light Bunker (aka "Yamamoto Bunker").
Built prewar as a social club for white expatriates.
During January 1942, occupied by the Japanese and used as a Japanese Navy headquarters until late 1943, when the headquarters was relocated to underground tunnels to the north. During the Allied bombing of Rabaul, the building was largely destroyed.
Postwar, the club was rebuilt. During the 1994 volcano eruption, the New Guinea Club was again destroyed and afterwards rebuilt in the 2000s. Today, patches from wartime damage are visible on the walls.
The club opens only a couple of times a week, but contact the Hamamas Hotel (Rabaul Hotel). Inside is a displays of wartime relics and history related to Rabaul. Some wartime relics taken from storage at Kokopo Museum are included. There are also displays about the history of Rabaul, including the German era and cultural artifacts.
Ki-43-I Oscar (Tail Section)
Crashed on New Britain tail section recovered to the New Guinea Club
David Flinn and Steve Sunders for additional information.