In case of shortages at the canteens, there are some at the brothel for sailors of the unit at ten sen per package. He said that after the first few months when many New Guineans had gone bush, they were drifting back to Rabaul. The drinking of liquor within the special warehouse is forbidden. Japanese who served in Rabaul have left reminiscences about the brothels and one Korean woman has testified that she worked in Rabaul. Our task consisted of loading their bundles and suit-cases from the deck of the vessel to lorries waiting near the wharf. Nelson and copy also in AWM, p. Taking advantage of the severe bombing, she was one of ten who escaped into the jungle and they lived by subsistence gardening. Before he was sent to be the cook at the freezer, Thomas was working with other civilian internees on labouring jobs around Rabaul. The Allied aerial assault on Rabaul intensified from a major raid of 12 October when aircraft attacked airfields and shipping. My comrade in the line of prisoners carrying the luggage was a well-known and popular priest who, it was easy to see, was cracking hardy. It is inconceivable that a private contractor would have responded within the time available and been given space on military transports for his business venture. I have heard a number of such stories, but they are nearly all hearsay and may not be founded on fact. Rabaul was always an operating base for the Japanese. We carried out our task with our usual levity; laughing and joking like the proverbial clown, even though our hearts were breaking. Amid much speculation about what it all meant, the nurses concluded that if the women met the sexual needs of the Japanese troops they would be under less pressure. On the day of their landing the Japanese lined up the Australian civilian and military nurses at Kokopo and as they had no doctor with them accused them of being there for the use of the troops.