About Luganville

Ok today I am telling you about Luganville, this is a small town situated around 50 kilometres south of Champagne Bay on Espiritu Santo’s south-eastern coast.

Espiritu Santo is Vanautu’s largest island and is part of the New Hebrides’ archipelago, Luganville is the provincial capital of Vanautu as well as its second largest town, it is part of over 300 islands scattered throughout Melanesia.

It has a population of around 14,000, the climate is suppose to be characterised by comfortably mild temperatures all year round with relatively little to no extremes so no snow or stinking hot days.

The inhabitants of Vanautu’s northern islands commonly refer to Luganville as “Santo”, Espiritu Santo’s rural inhabitants call Luganville “Kanal” which is derived from the French Segond Canal.

Most of the roads around Luganville have not been tar sealed and in fact most of the island’s roads are dirt roads or old cement paths that date back to the Second World War when the Americans laid the cement.

Many people walk around the town due to its small size and most of the town is suppose to be pretty flat thus easy for walking around, I do not know since I didn’t get off the ship but Tim did and he found the walk into town easy to do.

During the Second World War the U.S.S. San Juan cruiser sunk two Japanese patrol boats in October 1942 and the surviving Japanese crew became prisoner of war under the command of Luganville juggernauts and were forced to remain in a small jail facility which tourists can still visit.

In 1942 when the Americans arrived in Luganville the found no real structures existed to support the troops, so the Americans erected the BP Wharf as the most monumental wharf of its time. This wharf is still there.

After the war large amounts of American weaponry and gear was dumped into the sea and is still there resting at a depth of 40 meters beneath the surface, there are bulldozers, trucks, forklifts and containers.

Near the sunken S S President Coolidge there is an memorial to an American Army Captain Elwood J Euart who died while rescuing men from the sinking ship, the memorial was constructed at the end of the war a a tribute to his selfless heroism.

Did you know……………..Monday

Ok just realised it is Monday and I haven’t done a post so here is this weeks did you know………….

William Shakespeare was 46 years old at the time that the King James version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46 the 46th word from the beginning is “shake” and the 46th word from the end is “spear”

Interesting………….or not………………

Convict Women and Orphan Girls

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I have written before about convicts and such but yesterday I was watching a show called Convict Women and Orphan Girls which has made me want to write a little about them again. Between 1787-1868 over 166,000 people were transported as convicts to this great country, 25,000 of them were female and over half of those were Irish.

Orphan Schools

Some convict women brought their children with them but I wonder if they knew what type of life these children would have here would they still have wanted them to come with them. Children under the age of 3yrs could stay with their mothers but once they reached the age of 3 they were sent to the Orphan Schools where they stayed till the age of 12-14 when they were apprenticed out.

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These so called schools gave little education and treated the children so bad that they had a high mortality rate twice what was normal for the times.

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Convict women were regarded as breeding stock and generally thought of as prostitutes many were not prostitutes before they arrived here and only turned to it as a way of surviving. These women were transported for such minor crimes such as stealing a potato or a pot lid, some women during the Irish Famine would set fires in order to be arrested and transported as a way of getting food and surviving.

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There was also over 4,000 Irish orphan girls sent to Australia because the ratio was 9 or 10 men to every female and more females were needed, these orphan girls were free migrants and most married within 2 years of arriving and raised families.

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Interesting 90% of the females transported here stayed and married and raised families in Australia compared to only 25% of males transported, I don’t know what the other 75% of the males did maybe they returned to England or Ireland I just don’t know the show didn’t say.

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Kiriwina Island

Our third port of call was the Kiriwina Island, it is one of the world’s most intact island cultures on one of the world’s most untouched islands according to the info sheet handed out with by Princess Cruises.

The island has a population of around 12,000 they speak Kilivila and other dialects as well as some English.

They often use the Kula Ring bartering system to boost social status and to gain trust with neighbouring island communities. Several priceless shell trinkets have been circulated between islands for hundreds of years.

There is no payphones on the island nor do they accept credit or cash cards they prefer to be paid in Kina the local currency although some will accept Australian dollars. The only means of transport for tourists on the island is by foot but it is only a small island and everything you would want to see you can reach by walking.

Access to the island was via tender so mum was unable to go ashore, but both Tim and dad did although it took a lot our of dad.

Did you know Monday

Hello Monday, had a busy start to the day, up at 4.30am as usual when I dropped Leo off at school I had to go into the office to drop off more medication than I had to go and do something for mum before coming home.

I also bought more pies, Leo loves pies and he asked if I would get him some pies today he likes chunky beef or cheese pies.

Anyway since it is Monday, it’s did you know Monday, so did you know………………………….

Blood is thicker than fresh water, but about the same thickness as sea water………………………

Sundays Post

Hello everyone, how is everyone on this cold and wet Sunday morning?

I am well been up since 4.30am did 70 minutes of exercises before getting Tim up and having breakfast. Tim is at work today so for the most part I will be home alone and can tell you I will love it as I like being home alone.

Yesterday I spent most of the day in bed as I could not stay awake, I got up as usual at 4.30am but wasn’t able to stay awake so went back to bed for a couple of hours then I got up and got dressed and did my exercises than I went back to bed as I was so tired.

I got up again at midday but was only able to stay up for a couple of hours before going back to bed again for another couple of hours. Today I am ok I don’t know what the go was with yesterday, with me needing to sleep so much but that was then and this is now.

Friday afternoon when I went to get Leo from school I found him the carpark with his school bag crying, he gets in the car and said he had a headache and felt sick and just wanted to go home. So I took him to the office and told them where I found him and how he was crying and I was able to sign him out and take him home.

One of the teachers explained to him why wondering off without telling anyone was wrong and caused the teachers to worry about him.

After we got home I gave him pain relief medication, telling him that it would taste terrible but it would work and thankfully half an hour later the headache was gone and he started to feel better. So even though the medication tasted terrible he learnt that it worked and helped him feel better.