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Half-century old news magazine returns to its Simbu home

Murray Bladwell, Jimmy Drekore, Keith JacksonKEITH JACKSON

THE chairman of the Simbu Writers Association, Jimmy Drekore, was presented with a rare publication from his native Simbu Province during a recent visit to Brisbane.

The 50-year old copy of a special issue of the long defunct Kundiawa News, one of only two in existence (the other is in the National Library of Australia), was given to Mr Drekore for safe-keeping by the original publishers Murray Bladwell and Keith Jackson (pictured).

The special issue was a supplement to the Kundiawa News which flourished in Simbu between 1964 and 1966.

The supplement is a survey of Simbu as it then was and features articles encompassing the full sweep of local activities written by expatriate personalities who lived in the then sub-district.

The newsletter, which ran to 50 issues over an often turbulent three years of publishing, was the brainchild of Bladwell and Jackson and effectively kicked off their subsequent careers in the media and communications.

Mr Drekore said he was delighted to be given an original copy, which provides a comprehensive look at Simbu as it was half a century ago.

Meanwhile, nearly 300 free copies of the Crocodile Prize Anthology 2015 have so far been made available to schools, universities and libraries in 11 provinces of Papua New Guinea.

The books are provided under the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia (PNGAA) Publishing Program and are shipped directly to addresses in PNG from Amazon in the United States.

Provinces covered so far include Central, East New Britain, East Sepik, Eastern Highlands, Enga, Madang, Milne Bay, Morobe, Sandaun, Simbu and the National Capital District.

Books have also been provided to Papua New Guinean students studying in Australia

The Crocodile Prize Organisation is still looking for distributors in other provinces and you can send us your application after reading the instructions which are linked to in the notice at the top of this home page.

A collection of stories for children, written by PNG authors, sponsored by Paga Hill Development Company and edited by Ben Jackson, is now in an advanced state of production and is expected to be launched lagter this year.

The Paga Hill Development Company has provided a grant of $15,000 to enable the book to be distributed to schools throughout PNG.


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Jimmy Drekore

Bernard, true we do need one and this rare collection will have a special place in our office. It will also be displayed at the Crocodile Prize Awards event for Simbus to appreciate and have a sneak preview into her history.

Bernard Singu Yegiora

We need a museum in Simbu..

Jimmy Awagl

Woo, its a great breaking news.
Delighted to read this article.
Sipu... Wakai Weh!

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