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    Kunimaipa (Grim Point) Gulf Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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Irving September 6, 1943

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Irving September 4, 1943
Location
Lat 7° 46' 60S Long 146° 26' 60E  Kunimaipa is located at the northern end of Lakekamu River. Roughly two miles to the north is the junction of the Lakekamu River and Tiveri River (Taveri River) and further to the north is Bulldog (Bulldog Camp) and the start of the Bulldog Trail (Bulldog Road). During 1943-1944 this location was dubbed "Grim Point" by the Australians. Today located in Gulf Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Wartime History
By the middle of 1943, Australian Army barges were unable to reach Bulldog (Bulldog Camp) and any cargo had to be unloaded at the junction of the Tivari River and Lakekamu River delaying their arrival. To solve this issue, the Australian Army constructed a rail road (also described as a tram line) from Bulldog (Bulldog Base) to the southeast across a sago swamp to the unloading point dubbed Grim Point (Kunimaipa). During 1943 a unloading area and camp was establish at this location for barges from the 41st Australian Water Transport Company operating on the Lakekamu River.

Bulldog Railway Line (Bulldog Tramway Line, Bulldog Tram Line)
The rail road line was 7 miles (11 km) in length using 1067 gauge rails (3' 6" width). This railway line bypassed the Tivari River branch of the Lakekamu River. Due to a shortage of materials including rails and rolling stock plus difficult terrain including sink holes in the sago swamp, the effort was abandoned.

References
End of the Line (1997) pages 90 (map, PNG), 99, 101 (map), 104 (footnote 29, N. Roberts Villagers at War page 58), 164 (appendix, list of rail roads: Bulldog)

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