Graham Hardy talking to a meeting at Wabag, late 1950s
Over the Hills and Far Away: Memoirs of a Kiap in Papua and New Guinea from 1952 to 1975 by Graham Hardy, privately published, 2020, 207 pages with numerous photographs, $42 plus $9.95 postage, available from the author at email@example.com
TUMBY BAY - If I could live my life over I think I would prefer to have been born 20 years earlier.
That would have made me too young to take part in World War II but just the right age to go to Papua New Guinea as a kiap in the immediate post war period.
That period, especially in the highlands, probably represented the halcyon days of the Australian Administration.
The Papua New Guinean people still lived a largely traditional lifestyle, there remained large areas unexplored, and development after the war was still in its infancy. There was a lot happening and life was exciting.