She was then driven to the west of Papua to join the Gerusalemme to sail to Hong Kong.
October 22, 2009
Just chanced upon your site and look forward to reading it in more depth shortly. Meanwhile, I'm just talking to my 91 year old mother-in-law regarding her wartime experiences. The part I am covering
She was a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) brought over to Australia to nurse 'Matelots'. At the end of the war she was flown to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, via Brisbane and Townsville. She was then driven to the west of Papua to join the Gerusalemme to sail to Hong Kong. I was wondering if anyone 'out there' could tell me where she sailed from in Papua, and when?
The ship Gerusalemme was built in 1920 in Trieste. In June 1940, the ship was interned in Lourenco Marques. In 1944, it was requisitioned by Allies (Italian Flag) and used as hospital ship.
That is all the detail I can find for you, hope it helps a little..