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“New Guinea Club, Rabaul”

New Guinea Club & Rabaul Museum
Ranked #5 of 8 things to do in Rabaul
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 12 August 2015

The New Guinea Club, Rabaul, is hugely significant in being a living link to pre-war Rabaul. During the 1920s and 1930s, Rabaul social life was dominated by clubs. These served several different segments of the population – there were various Asian clubs, for example, including the Kuomintang Hall. The New Guinea Club was one of the European clubs. It was here that the reservists of the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles assembled for the last time in January 1942 before taking to the field to face the Japanese invasion.
During WWII, virtually all of Rabaul was levelled by Allied bombing. However, the distinctive walls of the New Guinea Club largely survived and were restored after the war. The building was once again lovingly restored by local volunteers after the 1994 earthquake. Today it is one of the very few surviving and fully functioning buildings in that area of the city.
The club contains many old relics and photos – some even dating to the German era - and is a must visit for anyone interested in the history of Rabaul. The bar is fully functioning, and I believe it opens regularly for special events. I would contact the Rabaul Hotel for advance information if you are planning a visit.

7  Thank Peter I
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Reviewed 3 August 2015

The New Guinea Club is a great glimpse into Rabaul's rich and colourful past. From its agricultural origins as the "Planters' Club", through its wartime occupation by the Japanese to the more recent ravaging by nature in 1994, no trip to East New Britain and the Gazelle Peninsula is complete without a visit to the real capital of Rabaul town and the New Guinea Club.

3  Thank Fanno_Lae
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Reviewed 31 July 2015

Had fun here, really interesting - a must see if your in Rabaul. The history in Rabaul is amazing I love the place cant wait to get at the end of the year.

2  Thank Gary M
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Reviewed 12 July 2015

The New Guinea Club originated out of WW1 as the Sergeant's Mess of the Australian Army (most famous Member being Errol Flynn) & the only building left standing after WW2. You can still see the bomb holes! It was re-built it to its former glory as a Officer's/Gentlemen's Club but was again destroyed by fire & then the twin volcanic eruptions of 1994. A handful of remaining members in their attempt to keep Rabaul's history alive, rebuilt a section of the skeleton & turned it into a Museum. Well worth a visit & the small donations collected go toward the upkeep.

4  Thank MissSusieMac
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