June 7 - 13, 2015: Issue 217


 Entrance to the Page Park Market - Rabaul


by George Repin

When travelling into a community in another culture, or in a foreign country, I always seek out and visit the local markets – whether fruit, vegetables or other produce, fish, meat or as so often happens, mixed.  I am interested to see what is grown or produced locally and brought to the market for sale. This gives me an indication of the diet of the local people.  It should not be surprising that there are significant variations in the dietary scene from place to place because of climatic and local conditions but, on the other hand there also are similarities, particularly in relation to basic aspects of diets.

I enjoy the atmosphere of the markets, the liveliness, the interactions between the traders on the market floor and their attitude to potential buyers. It is impossible not to notice the different ways that goods are displayed – some with meticulous care and even artistry while other traders are quite cavalier and seem to have a “take it or leave attitude”. 

The markets provide excellent opportunities for photography and, for the most part, the traders are only too happy to have their offerings photographed provided that care is taken, not only to seek permission but also not to intrude on their personal privacy by including them in photographs unless they specifically request it.

With that introduction a selection of photographs taken at the Page Park Market in Rabaul are included in this article to show a little of the range of produce displayed but also in the hope that they will be of interest to readers if only as visual images.   

Photographs taken by George Repin in April, 2015


Various types of "greens"

 Ground Nuts (peanuts)

 Fresh green ginger


A variety of aubergine




A variety of green beans

 Betel nut fruit with a few mustard seed pods


Mustard seed pods




A pre-prepared "take away" meal - Fried Fish and Banana


A pre-prepared "take away" meal - Tapioca and Fish

Previous Reflections by George Repin 

The Nineteen Thirties  Remembering Rowe Street  The Sydney Push  Saturday Night at the Movies  Shooting Through Like A Bondi Tram  A Stop On The Road To Canberra  City Department Stores - Gone and Mostly Forgotten  An Australian Icon - thanks to Billy Hughes  Crossing The Pacific in the 1930s  Hill End  The Paragon at Katoomba  Seafood In Sydney  How Far From Sydney?  Cockatoo Island Over The Years  The Seagull at the Melbourne Festival in 1991  Busby's Bore  The Trocadero In Sydney  Cahill's restaurants  Medical Pioneers in Australian Wine Making  Pedal Power and the Royal Flying Doctor Service  Pambula and the Charles Darwin Connection  Gloucester and the Barrington Tops  A Millenium Apart  Have You Stopped to Look?  Gulgong  Il Porcellino Olympia  Durham Hall  Sargent's Tea Rooms Pie Shops and Street Photographers The Ballet Russes and Their Friends in Australia  Hotels at Bondi  Alma Ata Conference - 1978 Keukenhof - 1954 The Lands Department Building and Yellowblock Sandstone  The Goroka Show - 1958  A Gem On The Quay  Staffa  The Matson Line and Keepsake Menus Kokeshi Dolls  The Coal Mine At Balmain  The Hyde Park Barracks  The Changing Faces Of Sydney From Pounds and Pence to Dollars and Cents Nell Tritton and Alexander Kerensky  Making A Difference In Ethiopia William Balmain  J C Bendrodt and Princes Restaurant Azzalin Orlando Romano and Romano's Restaurant Waldheim  Alcohol in Restaurants Before 1955  King Island Kelp  The Mercury Theatre  Around Angkor - 1963  Angkor Wat 1963  Costumes From the Ballets Russe Clifton at Kirribilli  Chairman Mao's Personal Physician  The Toby Tavern The MoKa at Kings Cross The Oceaographic  Museum in Monaco  The Island of Elba Russian Fairy Tale Plates Meteora Souda Bay War Cemetery Barrow, Alaska Cloisonné Tripitaka Koreana Minshuku The Third Man Photographs and Memories Not A Chagall! Did You Listen? Did You Ask? Napier (Ahuriri, Maori) New Zealand Borobudur  Ggantija Temples Plumes and Pearlshells Murano  University of Padua Ancient Puebloe Peoples - The Anasazi  Pula  The Gondolas of Venice Cinque Terre  Visiting the Iban David The Living Desert Bryce Canyon National Park  Aphrodisias  The Divine Comedy Caodaism  Sapa and local Hill People  A Few Children Cappadocia  Symi Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre  Aboriginal Rock Art on Bigge Island  ANZAC Cove (Ari Burnu) 25 April, 1997 Hotere Garden Oputae Children of the Trobriand Islands 

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