Port Moresby

Port Moresby ( /ˌpɔərt ˈmɔərzbi/), or Pot Mosbi in Tok Pisin, is the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea (PNG). It is located on the shores of the Gulf of Papua, on the southeastern coast of the Papuan Peninsula of the island of New Guinea, which made it a prime objective for conquest by the Imperial Japanese forces during 1942–43 in World War II, as a staging point and air base to cut off Australia from Southeast Asia and the Americas. In 2000 it had a population of 254,158. As of 2009 it has a population of 307,643, giving it an annual growth rate of 2.1% over a nine-year period.

The place where the city was founded has been inhabited by the Motu-Koitabu people for centuries. The first European to see it was Captain John Moresby in 1873. It was named in honour of his father, Admiral Sir Fairfax Moresby.

According to a survey of world cities by the Intelligence Unit of The Economist, Port Moresby is one of the world's least livable cities (ranked 139 of 140 cities rated).

Although Port Moresby is surrounded by Central Province, of which it is also the capital, it is not part of that province, but forms the National Capital District.

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Sydney Rowell - Second World War - Kokoda Track
... Blamey informed Rowell that I Corps headquarters would be sent to Port Moresby to control operations in New Guinea ... Rowell arrived in Port Moresby on 13 August 1942 and assumed command of New Guinea Force from Major General Basil Morris ... Japanese were steadily advancing on Port Moresby along the Kokoda Trail and were also threatening Milne Bay and Wau ...
No. 76 Squadron RAAF - History - Milne Bay and Northern Australia
76 Squadron's P-40s were ferried to Port Moresby and handed over to No ... its new commanding officer, Squadron Leader Peter Turnbull, led a force of six Kittyhawks from Port Moresby to attack Japanese positions near Gona ... On 28 August the Kittyhawks were withdrawn to Port Moresby when the Japanese troops came close to their airstrips, but they returned to Milne Bay the next day ...
HMAS Australia (D84) - Operational History - World War II - 1942
... relating to the legal control of shipping in Australian ports, and the National Security Act, a bill ratifying the Statute was passed on 9 October and backdated to the start of the war ... a week of repairs and maintenance, primarily to the outer port propeller shaft ... the Americans learned of an imminent Japanese invasion of Port Moresby, and on 1 May, Australia sailed with Hobart to rendezvous with American forces in ...
Landing At Nadzab - Background - Planning and Preparation
... The plan called for the 7th Division to move in transports to Port Moresby and in coastal shipping to the mouth of the Lakekamu River ... Duntroon available to ship the regiment from Cairns to Port Moresby, except for the 2nd Battalion and advance party, which moved by air as originally planned ... Brand new guns were received from the 10th Advanced Ordnance Depot at Port Moresby on 23 August ...
Schwimmer Airfield
... Airfield (also known as 14-Mile Drome) is a former World War II airfield near Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea ... was part of a multiple-airfield complex in the Port Moresby area, located north of the Laloki River ... was known as 14 mile for its distance from Port Moresby, and also known as 'Laloki' or 'Lakoki Drome' for the river to the northwest of the airstrip ...

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