Major Party Alert! – 60th Anniversary of The Madang Club

Posted in Invitations, Madang Happenings, Parties, PNG Culture, Things to do, Upcomming Events on August 9th, 2008 by MadDog
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It is a splendid treat in Madang to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of a colourful, beloved, and enduring social institution – The Madang Club.

Eunice and I have been privileged to be either members or moochers (mostly moochers, I admit) since we came to Madang in 1981.

James Sinclair, in his book Madang (DWU Press, 2006) briefly marks the birth of the iconic watering hole.

In late 1947, the first moves to establish a Madang Social Club were made. This evolved into the Madang Social and Recreation Club, the Madang Recreation Club, and finally the Madang Club, which exists to the present day.

Now we all have the opportunity to participate in this joyful celebration. Here is the invitation (click to enlarge). 

This FROM: Shane McCarthy:

Madang Club 60th Anniversary Party

It sounds like a major party to me. Fancy dress prizes . . . hmmm . It seems a great photo-op.

One of the things that I have appreciated about The Madang Club over the years is that, when nearly everything else seems to be crumbling and rotting around us, The Madang Club has been constantly improving. If decay is getting you down, keep your eyes fixed on The Madang Club – you’ll feel better.

This is not a recent phenomenon. Witness Sinclair’s comment on the subject in a more recent epoch:

In 1970 tenders were called for the renovations, with a dining room, kitchen facilities and a new bar area, at a cost of $35.000. The manager at this time was Mervyn Livermore. Town and country membership now exceeded 300. The population of Madang town at this time was 15,751, expatriate and national.

I’m not in the record tending business – leave that to Guinness. However, I’d guess that if you were keeping track of Madang social life since the war, The Madang Club would probably hold records for beers downed, business done, lies told, friends comforted, sweethearts wooed, wages gambled away, fistfights erupting (notably fewer these days), depression relieved, fears calmed, tasteless jokes heartily laughed at . . .

All said, it’s a perfect fit.


CWA Latino Night

Posted in CWA, Invitations, Madang Happenings, Parties, Things to do, Upcomming Events on August 5th, 2008 by MadDog
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THIS FROM:  Lorraine


CWA is hosting the first ever
“Latino night”!


Come on over and enjoy some good South American fare and salsa dancing!

DATE: Saturday, 16 August 2008
TIME: 6:30 PM for 7:00 PM start
PRICE: K40. Includes complimentary drink, main meal and dessert plus oodles of entertainment.

A night to enjoy with new moves to learn to great, great music!


The Red Cross – A Chance to Do Some Good

Posted in Invitations, Madang Happenings, Things to do, Upcomming Events on August 4th, 2008 by MadDog
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This from Maureen Hill:

PNG Red Cross Society
Madang Branch

Red Cross Collie in Italy


A meeting will be held on Saturday 9th August
to plan the way forward for the Red Cross Society in Madang.

New faces with ideas will be very welcome.

Venue: Creative Self Help Centre
(Disabled Centre near Christian Academy)

Time 2 pm.

If you are unable to come, but interested, please contact Maureen Hill on 852 2271. 

The photo came from a book called War Dogs. You can read a few preview pages at Google Book Search. It loads slow if you’re on dialup, but it’s worth a look.

CWA Quiz Night – Strain Your Brain!

Posted in CWA, Invitations, Parties, Things to do on October 30th, 2007 by MadDog
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This from:  Eunice Messersmith




Saturday 1 December
Arnold Jensen Hall, DWU
Doors open at 6:00 PM
Quiz commences at 7:00 PM SHARP!

K15 per head – by advanced sale only.
No ticket sales at the door.

Bring your own food – Buy your drinks at the bar starting at 6:00.

Maximum of 6 people to a team.

Door prizes and Raffles

Keep watching Madang – Ples Bilon Mi to find out where to purchase your tickets.

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1200th Hash Run AND Oktoberfest!

Posted in Hash, Invitations, Parties, Things to do, Upcomming Events on October 30th, 2007 by MadDog
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This from:  Biggus (Shane McCarthy)

Madang Hash House Harriers

1200th RUN

Saturday 34th of Oktober (3rd November)
2 P.M. Start at the MADANG CLUB

Down Downs
Jungle Run
Down Downs
Oktoberfest Piss Up & Grub
Did We Mention Down Downs ???

Adult Drinkers – K50          Youngans & Non-Drinkers – K15
Kids Under 10 (Who are Non-Drinkers) – FREE

RSVP:  Biggus – Ph. 852 2499, Fax 852 2591,

Yes, our delightfully strange Hash-folk are doing it again!  Please note that only sub-10-year-olds who are non-drinkers will be admitted for free.

For information about Hash House Harriers, try these links:
The World Hash House Harriers (so it claims) site is here
A very interesting Wikipedia article on HHH is here
The Aussie Hash Page is here
The UK Hash Site is here
and (not for the faint of heart) the SoCal (Southern California) Hashers are here

UPDATE: I just found here the POM HHH page

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Melbourne Cup Day at CWA

Posted in CWA, Invitations, Upcomming Events on October 23rd, 2007 by MadDog
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This FROM:  Lorraine Collins

Racing Horse

It’s time to dust your hats and ties off for

Melbourne Cup Day

Get dressed up and join with friends for lunch
and laughter.

Watch the race LIVE on TV!

Date:   Tuesday 6 November
Time:  12 noon
Where:  CWA
Price:  K40 which includes a two course meal


There will be prizes for best dressed man and woman and, of course, best hat!  In addition, there will be a raffle and door prize, plus, you may like to have a flutter on the horses!

Doesn’t that sound

like a good day out?

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