Lae

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Lae is a city on the north coast of Papua New Guinea with a population of approx 100,000. It is the capital of Morobe province and considered the industrial capital of PNG. It is located on the Huon Gulf.

Lae is at the start of the Highlands Highway which is the main land transport corridor from the Highlands region to the coast.

History

The town was born in the gold rush era of the 1920's and 30's. Like numerous PNG towns it sprung up around an airstrip. Cargo arrived in Lae and then was transported by air to the goldfields in Wau.

In July 1937 Lae made world news when American aviator, Amelia Earhart, was last seen flying out of the airport on her way back to the USA. She was never seen again.

When the volcanic eruptions occurred in Rabaul in 1937 a decision was made to transfer the capital of the Territory of New Guinea to Lae. World War II got in the way of the transfer and in 1942 the town was occupied by Japan. Lae, Rabaul and Salamaua became the major Japanese bases in New Guinea.

After defeats on Kokoda and at Wau the Japanese were in disarray and an allied advance of Australia and the United States liberated Lae on the 16th of September 1943 without much resistance.

Lae's development after the war is directly linked to the development of the highlands. Coffee and Tea were being grown and a port was needed. Later priority was given on road access, and the Highlands Highway came into existence. During the mineral boom of the 1980's and 90's Lae's importance as an economic hub became clearer.

In 1991 Lae hosted the South Pacific Games.

Demographics


Infrastructure

There is a proposal to place a shortwave broadcasting station in the Lae region that would be capable of reaching Indonesia, Pakistan and Afganistan.

The proposal can be found at: http://cbc.svserver.com/


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Christian Broadcasting Station

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