7° 12' 0S Long 146° 39' 0E Bulolo is located in Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Borders the Bulolo River to the south and Wau to the southeast. Further to the southeast is Black Cat. Today, connected by a road northward to Mumeng and southward to Wau and the McAdam National Park to the west.
Bulolo was the center of
for the Bulolo Gold
Dredging Ltd., a company that operated eight dredges flown into the area from Lae Airfield aboard Junkers G.31 Trimotors.
Gold dredging operation was in operation until January 21, 1942 when
the threat of attack to the town was eminent. When
the war in the Pacific started, women and children were evacuated
Christmas of 1941, being flown to Port Moresby and Australia. Most
men were part of the NGVR (New Guinea Volunteer Rifles) and participated in the war.
Japanese missions against Bulolo
January 21 - February 5, 1942
Destruction of Bulolo Gold Dredging Ltd. Facilities
bombed the gold field areas at intervals, and the company's machine
off demolition charges two days before the Japanese landing at Lae.
After the Japanese landing at Lae, the power station were demolished
in a 'scorched earth' policy, followed by the destruction of all houses,
offices and stores in the town four months later in May 1942. The gold
dredges were not destroyed, but were damaged by requisition of parts
by Allied forces.
Built in 1930, attacked by the Japanese at the start of the war, disused today
Bulolo War Memorial
small memorial was built in Bulolo's main camp to honor those former
Bulolo Gold Dredging employees when served in the NGVR and regular Australian
Army during the war, and were killed. Memorial services are
observed each ANZAC
memorial. A small radial engine is displayed nearby,
as well as wheels and buckets from the gold dredges. Photo by Justin
Taylan 2003. The memorial plaque reads:
These men died that we might be free
We Shall Remember Them
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August 25, 2018