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How Anzac Day was marked in TPNG 50 years ago

Anzac Day, Kundiawa, 1964


 KUNDIAWA NEWS, 1 MAY 1964 - A sizable crowd gathered outside the District Office last Saturday to observe Anzac Day in the traditional fashion.

Anzac Day, Maprik 1960 (David Wall)Units on parade included the Royal Papua and New Guinea Constabulary under Sub-Inspector Breman; a detachment from the hospital; the Kundiawa Brownie Pack under Mrs Doolan; and the 1st Gon Scout Troop under leader Ray Anderson.

In his Address the District Officer, Mr L Doolan, speaking in English and Pidgin, discussed the meaning of Anzac, talking of the part Australia had in three wars - World War I and II and the Korean War.

Anzac Day, Angoram, 1962 (David Wall)He later pledged Australia's future support to Papua and New Guinea in time of war, stressing that Australians and New Guineans had fought together once and would, if need be, fight together again.

The ceremony concluded with the National Anthem.

Additional images from Maprik 1960 (above) and Angoram 1962 (left) by David Wall


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Bob Cleland

In 1954 I translated Laurence Binyon's words:

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

into Tok Pisin for that year's Anzac day on a remote outstation:

Ol i-noken kamap lapun olsem yumi i-stap yet i-kamap lapun. Planti yar i-go pinis, tasol ol i-sitrong yet, na nogat samting i-ken bagarapim nem bilong en. Long taim bilong san i-go daun na long moning taim tu, yumi i-ken tingting gut long en.

I spoke that on Anzac day and Remembrance day several times since, on outstations.

David Wall

In the Maprik photo leading the march is Bob Bunting DFC, and to the left I notice Don Coffey.

In the Angoram photo I notice Peter England walking away from the flagpole, and Don Bosgard is one of those standing facing the flagpole.

As an acknowledgement of my indebtedness for these photos see:

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