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John McClelland

Hi Keith - I came across your site by accident after I had been talking to an old school mate from Nowra High (1962 class).

That reminded me of others, including Bob Burlington. I followed him (and you it seems) to PNG in 1969 and went looking for him on Kar Kar but missed him.

Your post about Kar Kar Days is the only hit I can get on his name. After 60 years I would like to contact him again.

I don't know if you run a matching service but if you do I wonder if you could pass on my interest in catching up with him.

Hi John - Yes, Nowra was quite a happy hunting ground for the Department of Territories in the 1960s. I got my guernsey in 1962 and Bob, and I think another fellow, was recruited the year after.

I haven't encountered Bob since then, although I had hoped to.

Over the years, PNG Attitude has been successful in bringing many people together and I hope one of our readers may be able to assist you to locate Bob - KJ

Simon Davidson

I left Sonoma and now I am based in Port Moresby to establish my AD Astra Academic Reading and Writing Coaching Centre and to publish three books I have written.

I left the school and with all the email addresses, so I couldn't send poems and essays for publishing. But I have been enjoying all the essays and articles published on PNG Attitude.

I tell my students, PNG Attitude is the 'haus man' of PNG writers because, it provides the best content and shapes PNG writers. I encourage them to read everything on the PNG Attitude blog.

Personally, the blog sharpened my thinking and writing skills and I met my tribe of the finest thinkers and writers.

Without PNG Attitude, my writing would be shoddy and not embellished. I am eternally grateful for stumbling on to PNG Attitude and it proffered me the literary wings to soar.

Denys Slee

I’m living in retirement in South Australia. I spent six years in the New Guinea Highlands from 1961 to 1967 as an employee of the Department of Agriculture, Stock and Fisheries and I'm about to compile a small book for my extended family about those times.

It will be illustrated with photos taken at places like Korn Farm, Mt Hagen, Laiagam, Wabag and Mendi. To give the publication currency I would like to know several things about life at these places now – 60 plus years after I was there.

Is Korn Farm still an agricultural training establishment? Why has Hagen’s population grown from about 100 in the early 1960s to an apparent 40,000 plus now? Is coffee production still a viable industry in the Wahgi Valley? Has the pyrethrum industry in the Enga region and Southern Highlands flourished or faltered? And what of Mendi and Wapenamanda? Etc etc.

For anyone that can help me with this type of detail, my email address is [email protected]

Kevin Hook

I was in Wewak in 1972-73 and travelled overland to London with Brenda Macdonald, a teacher from Brandi High School who I became friends with.

During the trip I shot movie film which Brenda has never seen. That was 50 years ago this year and I thought that I had better try and find Brenda before it is too late.

Brenda had a mate at Brandi, another teacher by the name of Glennis Holland. I hope Keith may have contact information on Brenda or contact details for Glennis.

If any reader can help locate Brenda or Glennis, drop a note under Comments below and I’ll make sure Kevin gets it - KJ

Philip Fitzpatrick

The book is by M Ernest Young Lewis.

I wrote a review of it a few years ago:

Lewis Mora

Hi Keith - I am trying to find the book called, The Tigi Adventures. Can you help?

Can't find any reference to that one, Lewis. Perhaps one of our readers can help - KJ

Edin Corr

Greetings Keith. Firstly, I wish you a speedy recovery.

As an avid reader of PNG Attitude, I wish to inform you that the retired commander of PNG defence Jerry Singirok had a book launch on Saturday night.

The book is his autobiography, A matter of Conscience, dealing with his life and Sandline Affair.

He would welcome you contacting him via WhatsApp on +675 7260 7579. I think there is a story in it for you and no one more qualified and able than you to attend to it.

Anyhow I will continue to support and read your publications and with just as much eagerness go through comments which are quite amusing.

Thanks Edin. My apologies for this late response. My ill health allows me little latitude these days, even in getting to the keyboard.

In April PNG Attitude published a review of Jerry's book by Rae Kataha Smart which can be linked to here

I would welcome a further article by Jerry or an associate but right now I'm not even up to holding a decent phone conversation. Best wishes - KJ

Bernard Corden

"An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff" - Adlai Stevenson

Old Adlai was one of the best. During a US election campaign in the early 1960s an elderly lady took to the microphone and congratulated him for a truly remarkable speech and proclaimed that every decent thinking American citizen must vote for him.

Adlai quickly grabbed the microphone back and responded, "Unfortunately lady, I require a majority".

Keith Jackson

I’ve appropriated this space to mark the 50,000th Recent Comment in PNG Attitude – which this is.

Our own town square and toktok save where readers provide much that is wise, principled, astute, knowledgeable, clever and amusing.

It may be of historical significance or current insight. Some comments may seem to you to be a load of old rubbish. Which they may be but, in the interests of allowing a fair go, have passed through the editorial filter as a mercy decision.

Wherever possible I edit for fact, additional information, better comprehension, grammatical soundness and to remove unjustified attack or abuse and to avoid litigation.

I want to note here that Recent Comments for the most part are thoughtful and civil, even when written with passion, irritation or feelings of affront.

Recent Comments has also been used productively to put people in touch with missing friends, authors in touch with editors, journalists in touch with sources, and information seekers in touch with that vast library of anecdote and experience stored in the minds of readers.

For more than 16 years, our readers have averaged more than three comments for each article or item published on the main page, a figure that itself signals how important this column is to the purpose and character of PNG Attitude.

An embracing tenkyu tru to each one of you.

John F Bent

I enjoy researching and writing new stories and I'm seeking your help for my current book. Perhaps your readers can help with some more information.

In the early sixties there was a maritime disaster in which an inter-island trading vessel foundered on a voyage from Buka Passage to Rabaul. My recollection from the time is that she was heavily overloaded with deck cargo and passengers and capsized in a storm.

The skipper was a mixed race guy named Harry Hoeller and he became the hero for ensuring the survival of many passengers. Some also managed to swim to New Ireland however I believe many died. I believe extensive coverage was done by Pacific Islands Monthly, a great source of shipping news.

Harry was also famous for buying a shell at the Kavieng bung for a few bob and selling it for $US800 when it turned out to be a Gloria Maris.

I knew Harry and many other mixed race skippers. There were several other disasters including a fire on board the Frisia while docked in Rabaul. I would be grateful if you or your readers can recall any details.

I did many sea voyages around the islands as a didiman and at times experienced some mighty rough weather. There were excellent seamen among the Islanders as there are throughout the Pacific.

You can contact John here [email protected] and I’ve also directed him to the complete set of PIM magazines (August 1930 - June 2000), every page digitised by the National Library of Australia. This can be linked to here and tap the ‘Browse this collection’ key - KJ

Susan McGrade

Thank you Keith for all you do in keeping transparent information flowing in PNG Attitude.
We here in PNG are grateful.
I wonder if you would like to see recent photos of Rabaul's Anzac Dawn Service 2022.
After two years of pandemic protocols, Rabaul was able to commemorate in full and had representatives from the Royal Australian Airforce and the Australian Defense force in Port Moresby also participate.
The ceremony was followed by the traditional Gunfire Breakfast held at the Rabaul Yacht Club.
Over eighty people attended the event which was hosted by the volunteers of the Rabaul Historical Society.
Lest we forget

Garrett Roche

Keith - I really like the photo you have on the blog. I am guessing it is near Kundiawa? It is beautiful.

It was taken in 2019 on the road between Kundiawa and Gembogl, don’t know the exact location. Mathias Kin is with my granddaughter and me. The white woman is my daughter in law Rebekah and I can’t remember the name of the Chimbu woman pointing out a feature to her.

I had taken my family to spend time in the Chimbu area to get to know the kind and generous people who guided me through my first years in PNG. It was a great trip - KJ

Keith Jackson

You probably know you can also follow PNG Attitude on Twitter, at this handle @PNGAttitude.

My tweets exist in their own right as comments on what’s going on in the world and most of them provide links back to stories on the blog, helping boost blog readership.

@PNGAttitude has 8,600 followers on Twitter and these were the two top tweets in February:

“Australia’s journalists union says the suspension of 24 reporters by EMTV in PNG ‘is an assault on workers’ rights and media freedom’. The union says it has ‘ongoing concerns about allegations of political interference in editorial decision-making’ at EMTV” (3,196 impressions)

“As we sit in the middle of a Covid pandemic, await variant BA.2, try to comprehend how to treat Long Covid and leave the most vulnerable to their fate, Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk MP shows appalling health & political judgment by pulling a stunt like this. Please wear your mask” (2,556 impressions)

Keith Jackson

I have been in the hausik for a short time this week and while my sickness has not gone it has withdrawn from the heights. I offer this by way of explanation to readers and especially contributors, who may have wondered what the hell the man was doing, possibly putting it down to Christmas excess rather than the privation (excess having no other suitable antonym) that it was - KJ

Natalie Konopinski | Editor, Anthropology News

Dear Keith - How does one contact you? Could you send me your email address?

I'd like to ask you a question about your engaging and personal tribute to Ruth Fink Latukefu.

I have contacted Natalie in relation to her question - KJ

Garry Woods

G'day Keith, It's amazing what you find, wandering around the web! Somebody should give Keith a train to show our appreciation.

When I left PNG to work with the Armidale community to establish 2ARM-FM in 1976, Garry was the station's only other paid employee (part-time) and the best broadcast engineer I ever worked with. Reputed to be the longest ungraduated student at the University of New England who avoided exclusion by the skin of his teeth, he went onto to get a string of degrees. Not sure about the train, though. Garry he may be mistaking me with Keith Jones of the Dorrigo Steam Railway Museum, which has dozens of locos bu is still not open to the public after 40 years - KJ

James Damman

I am writing a novel set in Papua in the 1930s and 1940s. It describes an Australian man's adventures with miners, missionaries, planted, government officials and, most importantly, Papuans.

I want to be sure it is accurate in the depiction of Papuans and Papuan culture and, more importantly, that I don't inadvertently offend Papuan readers.

For that purpose I am looking for a Papuan - preferably a writer or academic - to read my draft and provide feedback. Please contact me if you are interested.

James can be reached through this blog - KJ

Jane Rybarz

My mother has written a book, The Last District Commissioner, the Memoirs of David Milbourne Marsh OBE - 1940-1975, and I am assisting her complete it ready for publishing.

Mum (Bev Rybarz) worked for David in Port Moresby in the 1950's.

In the book we would like to quote passages from some of the contributors to your blog. We would be happy to attribute the author and your site at the appropriate place in the book and in the credits. Is there anything else we need to do to obtain permission from the author and/or publisher?

The book is a great read and we are looking forward to its release and sharing it with the world.

I will send you a copy when it is published. Probably still a few months away.

I advised Jane that the usual attributions will be fine - KJ

David Hancock

I am assisting an elderly couple who wish to erect a small memorial or plaque in Townsville ANZAC Park to commemorate their uncle who was serving in Rabaul during World War II.

He was taken as a prisoner of war and died on the Montevideo Maru.

I have crossed reference some lists to locate Townsville soldiers (1), however, I am having problems locating civilian internees. I have been unable to obtain an alphabetical listing of civilians who also died onboard the Montevideo Maru.

I really require a list or lists that will give me the towns where they came from, were born or next of kin resided and were made aware of their deaths after the war.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I have provided David with a significant amount of information and wish him well in his research - KJ

Julie Lee

Hi Keith, I am doing some research into our family's time in Rabaul from WW2 to the1970s and came across your very informative webpage.

I note you lived in Rabaul in the 70s and wondered if you (or your readers) may recall names of Australian solicitors practicing there at the time as the details are of relevance.

We would be grateful for your help and thank you in advance.

Hi Julie - Lawyer Kerry Dillon was in Rabaul around that time. I reviewed his book about his PNG career late last year: I am not aware of the solicitors in private practice and will ask readers if they can help with this - KJ

Kate Groenewegen-Prowse

Thank you Keith for your kind words regarding my Uncle John, and Ian for your addition of Auntie Barbara’s death notice.

I wasn’t sure if this forum was OK to put up the information, so I’m glad you did. In recent times Auntie Barbara was reliving their time in PNG and regaled me with stories of Goroka, right up until her last days.

To that end, we are wondering if anyone can help with information regarding the ASOPA site at Middle Head.

We were hoping to scatter both J & B’s ashes there as it was such a significant part of their journey, is there access to the old training site and would this be permissible?

Also, would there be any interest in memorabilia that we have of that period?

I have put Kate in touch with Max Uechtritz, president of PNG Association of Australia, a fine man always faithful to the PNG heritage - KJ

Ian Robertson

I am sorry to have to add a follow-up to Kate's post about John and Barbara Groenewegen. Barbara recently passed away in Sydney. Attached is the SMH notice.

Groenewegen, Barbara (nee Joyce)

10/08/1936 - 04/05/2021

Beloved only daughter of the late Nobby (Cyril) and Myra Joyce. Adored wife of John Matthjis Theodor Groenewegen, late of East Ryde. Sister-in-law to Hans, Peter (dec), Michiel and Guido and their families.

At Barbara's request no funeral service will be held.

Kate Groenewegen-Prowse

Hi Keith, I am a niece of John and Barbara Groenewegen and I am guessing you knew them from ASOPA.

I was hoping to get in touch with you if you did know them.

Hi Kate - John and Barbara were some years ahead of me at ASOPA and I knew John only from a few fleeting associations in PNG. He was known to his mates as 'Groggo' and, as the name suggests, was an affable man. He was also a capable, committed and respected teacher. Unfortunately I did not know him well. There was a good obituary published in Una Voce in 2016 some time after his death and I link to it here (page 57) in case you have not seen it. Best wishes to you and your family. You are the niece of a fine man - KJ

Julia Boxheimer

I am writing to you because I came across your blog whilst doing some research for the updated edition of a book first published in Germany about small islands around the world.

I need to find out the most recent known population of Takuu island which has been quite difficult to know exactly. For 2019, I found anything ranging from 50 to 400.

As I read the article you published in 2012, I thought maybe you would know something (or someone) that could help me. It would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time and for the great work you do with PNG Attitude.

If you can assist Julie, contact her here: [email protected] - KJ

David Willis

I am writing a book of my experiences some of which were in Papua New Guinea in 1966 to 1968 and from 1971 to 1973.

In the book I would like to quote passages from some of the contributors to your blog. Of course I will attribute the author and your site either at the appropriate place in the book or in the credits or notes.

Let me know what you prefer and is there anything else I need to do such as to get permission from the author or publisher.

That's all we ask, David. All the best with your project - KJ

Gus Lee

Paul from Simbai is trying to contact Janet, daughter of Jim ‘Deadly Dudly' McKinnon. She is working as a lawyer in Brazil.

Jim was originally from Queensland and his wife was from Gulf Province. In 1954 he started a gold mine at Kumbruf village, Simbai in Madang Province. In a diverse career he also operated a sawmill in Angoram and was elected to the House of Assembly.

If you have any information that might lead to a contact with Janet, get in touch with Gus Lee here - [email protected]

Geoffrey Dabb

I’m doing some research on the background to the Ellis Rowan bird of paradise collection in the National Library.

An issue that has come up concerns her claim that in 1917 she travelled ‘near’ or ‘under’ the Bismarck Range.

This is relevant to which birds of paradise she might have come across. Ellis was based at a Lutheran mission on ‘Nobonob’ hill, inland from the coast road. - about 9km NW of Madang. To get to the Bismarcks she would have needed to cross the Ramu.

Now from memory, from the vicinity of Madang on a clear day, you can see a looming range to the south, but I’m not too sure which peaks you’d be looking at.

Is it possible Ellis could have seen the Bismarcks, or the highest peaks of the central range, from Nobonob (about 390 meters above sea level)?

I wonder if Chips Mackellar might know? Or maybe some other Madang expert. Perhaps someone in Madang now could settle the issue.

I’d be grateful for any help on this.

Helen Gardner

Dear Keith, thanks for the great work. My colleague Jon Ritchie and I teach a unit at Deakin University called 'Australia's Empire: Colonisation and Decolonisation in Papua New Guinea'.

We encourage our students to engage with contemporary PNG issues while learning about the history from 1884-1975.

You certainly maintain a lively site with some excellent content. We want the students to learn that PNG does have a presence in Australia, often through those who worked as kiaps or had businesses there.

Are you happy for us to link PNG Attitude to our teaching site?

Hi Helen - Congratulations on developing and presenting your PNG unit. We need more of this in Australia. We're happy for you to link your website to PNG Attitude - KJ

Lee Frank

I'm a writer and musician living in Darwin. I've written a short story set in Moresby in 1990, when I travelled and performed throughout PNG.

The country and its people had a profound effect on me and my art.

To try and capture the true feel of Pidgin in the dialogue in my story, I'm hoping to find a national who can read my work and appraise it.

Do you know any writer - short story writer, novelist or journalist - who would be happy to help out? The dialogue would only amount to one page.

I've been published in Australia and abroad and have won a number of awards. Whilst in Moresby, I collaborated with the National Theatre Company's William Takaku and lived at the university for six weeks before travelling with a one man mime show for two months Moresby-Alotau-Ferguson Island- Lae- Rabaul- Wewak- Vanimo.

Thanks and great work on your site.

If anyone can help out Lee, his email is [email protected] - KJ

Peter O’Brien

Thanks for your email re Father Dom. I would be very pleased to discuss with Neal Price my meeting with Dom during our (my wife and I) year long stay on Seleo Island as missionaries.

Dom was an amazingly eccentric priest. Please let me know how you wish to proceed.

Neal Price

I'm working on material on a Tasmanian painter, Dorothy Stoner, who’s brother was a Lutheran priest in Malol and Sissano in the 1940s. His name was Fr Aslaom, affectionally known as Dom. He had a religious conversion at the age of 27 and joined the priesthood.

I found your blog and noticed a post from Peter O'Brien from February 2020. Peter had met Dom and I would like to contact him to discuss this meeting further.

While Dom only plays a small part in my research, his is a fascinating character and his religious conversion is of interest to me.. I knew his sisters in Tasmania and only ever heard of his adventures via his sisters. I have several pieces of material from the Catholic archives in Sydney so new information would be helpful.

It would be excellent to talk to someone who knew him personally. All the best. Your blog is very good.

Thanks Neal. I've contacted Peter to let him know of your request - KJ

Adrian Clack

I would like to get in contact with the editor in relation to the following article on your website:

I am researching Doctor Geoffrey Vernon and wish to find out your sources if possible. Any help would be appreciated.

Hi Adrian. Unfortunately the author of this article, Philip Selth, died earlier this year. If any reader may be able to assist, Adrian can be emailed at [email protected] - KJ

Bill Deer

I recently found about your efforts to have service in TPNG recognised and realised that you were much further along that path than I am currently on.

It is almost like re-inventing the wheel. I would welcome a chance to discuss a way forward with you.

I was a stock inspector with DASF in the Goilala in the period 1968-70 and in the Goroka-Chimbu-Kainantu area after that.

I hope you can help me achieve this common goal for not only our ageing colleagues but also for their families who want some recognition for their parents and grandparents who did so much to help build PNG.

Hi Bill - I fear that news of my involvement is greatly exaggerated. I did assist some kiaps a little in the early stage of a successful project which resulted in the award of the Police Overseas Service Medal - a partial recognition of their services. I understand there may have been some separate moves for a more general TPNG award but have no knowledge of this. I recommend you visit the Ex-Kiap website to get in touch with those who organised the POSM award. Unfortunately I'm not in a position to assist - KJ

Eira Szadurski

I'm currently helping to organise a large worldwide online choral project by the artist Esmeralda Conde Ruiz which is set to feature over 288 choirs from all across the world.

I came across PNG Attitude whilst researching for choirs and choir leaders in Papua New Guinea and I wondered if through your network you had any direct links to people who I might be able to speak with specifically about PNG choral groups?

Your blog is really interesting and its sentiment of creating stronger friendships between Australia and PNG is very much in tune with your project intentions.

Respond to Eira at the email address below if you are able to assist with this fascinating project - KJ

[email protected]

Harry Topham

Andrew - Peter is available on Facebook.

Jenny Kirkpatrick

Hello Mr Jackson, I came upon your site/blog yesterday while I was hunting for a book you reviewed in 2013 - 'Singsings, Sutures And Sorcery: A 50-year Experience In Papua New Guinea' by Anthony J Radford (Fairfield Press).

My husband and I worked in Mount Hagen Hospital as Canadian volunteers (CUSO) in the mid-1980's, and we would love to get our hands on this book. Amazon UK used to have it, but no longer.

Do you by any chance have an email address for Dr Radford or any other info about the book's availability?

I am thrilled to find your site; it will provide lots of interesting news for us to follow. Many thanks.

The book is out of print, Jenny, but Prof Radford may be contacted at [email protected] - KJ

Andrew Lattas

I am trying to get information on Peter and Harry Humphreys. I believe Peter was governor of West New Britain for a while. I wonder if any of your readers may have an email or other contact for Peter Humphreys.

Alex Rosser

Seeking Tom Rosser.
Tom is my cousin but we haven't had contact for some years. The last time we spoke he was working out of Cairns.
Contact details to me please. Alex Rosser, email, 02 9489 4300.

Nicholas Brown

Thank you very much for your wonderful website and your continuing efforts in maintaining the relationship between PNG and Australia.

I spent nearly 7 years in PNG over self-government and independence initially as a volunteer and subsequently with the Administration. As such, I am also keen to ensure the relationship develops. In relation to this, I wondered if you could please mention my recently published memoir on your website?

My memoir ‘Better Than Rich and Famous – My Papua New Guinea Days’ deals with my experiences during the first two years, firstly in Bougainville then Port Moresby. I believe it would be of some interest to Papua New Guineans and expats alike (a second book relating my time over the later years is due in 2021).

It is published in Britain by Mereo Books:

and available through Dymocks in Australia:

and on Amazon internationally and Australia, here:

It is also available from other sources such as Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, Booktopia and Fishpond

Please let me know if you would accept a mention and if so, how I go about arranging it.

Nicholas Brown

Dear Mr. Jackson

Thank you very much for your wonderful website and your continuing efforts in maintaining the relationship between PNG and Australia.

I spent nearly 7 years in PNG over self-government and independence, initially as a volunteer and subsequently with the Administration. As such, I am also keen to ensure the relationship develops. In relation to this, I wondered if you could please mention my recently published memoir on your website?

My memoir ‘Better Than Rich and Famous – My Papua New Guineas Days’ deals with my experiences during the first two years, firstly in Bougainville then Port Moresby. I believe, would it be of some interest to Papua New Guineans and expats alike (a second book relating my time over the later years is due in 2021).

It is published in Britain by Mereo Books:

and available through Dymocks in Australia:

and on Amazon internationally and Australia, here:

It is also available from other sources such as Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, Booktopia and Fishpond

Please let me know if you would accept a mention and if so, how I go about arranging it.

Kind regards

Nicholas Brown
Victoria, Australia.

Abel Rudolf

Thank you very much PNG Attitude for all the information that you have given.

Stephanie Alois

Thank you so much for this information now I completely understand what PNG Attitude blog is all about.

Carda Traunero

I am a researcher at the Women’s Museum of Australia (formerly the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame) in Alice Springs.

We hold a comprehensive HerStory Archive which is a collection of stories, photographs and ephemera, sound recordings, and videos celebrating and archiving the achievements of over 1500 Australian women who are first in their field or pioneers in the traditional sense.

The archive began in 1993 and is now accessible online, informs our permanent exhibitions onsite, and is useful for future researchers and curious public.

HerStory information comes to us through many avenues: staff and volunteer researchers, visitors, authors, scholars, and friends and families of pioneer women.

We are currently upgrading the HerStory Archive, digitising the contents of our files, updating basic information, attaching photos, and providing additional information on each of the women.

One of the women in the Archive we are seeking to update is Nancy Eastick. I have found information online about Ms Eastick at I am interested in including the photo on this site in our online Archive and am seeking permission for use online and onsite.

Additionally, if you have any significant objects relating to Ms Eastick achievements, we would greatly appreciate discussing the possibility of including in our collection.

Many thanks for your time on this query.

Jonathan Schlossberg

My name is Jonathan. I am helping a Papua New Guinean woman Ayn Sunana (cc’d) living in Melbourne locate a pair of twin girls adopted by a white couple. The family of these girls (her brothers) want to reconnect. Unfortunately, I have very little info to go on:

Twin girls (or possibly sisters) adopted in the 1950s to early 1970s from Saiho Hospital near Popondetta in the Oro Province by a white couple. We do not know the names, or nationality of the adopting couple.

Any help at all would be useful. I have collected the names of several people who worked at Saiho around this time, but of course many have now passed and others I do not know how to contact.

I believe the sisters who worked at the Maternal and Infant Welfare Unit would be the most helpful, but anyone might be useful. Alternatively, if you know where records for this sort of thing might be kept, that would be helpful too.

It would be great if you could disseminate this information through any relevant channels such as your website.

We look forward to your response and thank you in advance for any assistance you may be able to offer.

John Mackerell | Madang

I would like to refresh some people's memories of an incident in the 1990s when Isaac Lupari and Peter Yama's first wife, Agatha, were busted at Cairns airport with a stash of Oz dollars they were trying to smuggle to PNG.

I can't find anything online. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Eric Schering

Hi Keith - I've written for PNG Attitude in the past. You are doing a great job with PNG Attitude, a much better source of info on PNG than the Post Courier and The National.

As you know, this upcoming vote of no confidence is a crucial time for PNG. My new suggestion: Have someone who writes for PNG Attitude write a clear document on the UBS loan.

It's a confusing issue and the prime minister's corruption in it is not easy to understand. I realise you just wrote an article on it, but that's not sufficient. We need a clearly written article.

Thanks Eric. There's another piece up today which I hope is clearer than my own hurried effort - KJ

Johanes Sedi

Hello - please help me connect me to my late dad, former kiap Desmond John Murphy's surviving family members in Australia. Many thanks.

Billy Langilam Minata

I heard from my late father that one of his uncles was taken to Buka to work on plantations in the 1950s or 1960s. However, he never came back to the village.

His name was Kuli Kinjup. We heard that he became a ship crew man and later a ship captain. He's probably married to an American or Australian and got citizenship there.

He is from the Enga Province, Wapenamanda District. I believe now that he must have passed away but I would appreciate if anyone helps me find his family.

Pauline Pora-Kama

Message to Bob Cleland - for information about Ludwig Schmidt Junior or Victor Ludwig Schmidt, you can look up his son Stephen Schmidt, of Porgera. I don't have his contact details but I know he had a profile on Facebook. We were thought to be related but as it turned out, that is not so. Stephen is a great person, he showed us photographs of his Father Ludwig Schmidt Jr and shared other information too. Yes, Ludwig Schmidt Jr. did some good work in PNG.

Leanne Atkin

Attention Gaye Speldewinde. I have sent you an email re your blazer. Sorry, it is not good news.

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