Ononge, Central Province, circa 1920s
From the late 1800s up to the 1950s, horses were loaded with saddlebags by missionaries to get supplies into the mountains. Hundreds of kilometres of tracks were cut through the rugged terrain to provide access for the horses. Father Jules Dubuy, with the Missionaries of Sacred Heart, took these photos while he was stationed at Ononge village in the Goilala District of Central Province. The inset photo shows Father Alphonse Bonn taming a horse. He was a missionary and expert horseman, nicknamed ‘ The Cossack’, because he often rode a stallion at full gallop. The images were sent in by Father Roger Purcell, who is stationed at Mount Hagen.