Yassip, and its Catholic Mission, was in the area under the control of the Dreikikir Patrol Post.
In 1964 the Patrol Officer at Dreikikir was Jock McIntyre, a storybook Scotsman both large in statue and personality and the priest at Yassip was Fr Jünemann, a Hanoverian rather small in size but more than large in his spiritual qualities: humble, charming and devout.
According to Dr Shelley Durham, who spoke German with a Bavarian accent, Fr Jünemann’s accent was of the most refined high German variety.
Initially, Jock because of his Presbyterian background was a little ambivalent about the prospect of meeting Fr Jünemann when he was contemplating a patrol to the Kombi census division, the division where Yassip was.
But on meeting, these two charming, urbane and admirable individuals got on famously, particularly after the good Father produced a bottle of altar wine.
There’s no doubt Papua New Guinea threw up some extraordinary people the like of which I suspect we’ll not see again.
The extraordinary historic event in the picture is the villagers taking part in the democratic process of selecting a member of the first House of Assembly.
From memory, on this occasion it was Pita Lus who became the member for Dreikikir.
I don’t think Pita Lus was the candidate of choice for the Kombi people. But there we see the beginnings of the processes of democratic nation building.