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Rick Larsen

Re: Peter Mamare of Buka and also of 2PIR Wewak from about 1964-69.

May I ask for help or advice once again please?

I was a National Serviceman in Wewak [Moem Barracks] in 1966/67 and very friendly with Peter Mamare who was a Warrant Officer / Company Sergeant Major at the time.

My understanding is that Peter later left the Army; went into politics; and was assassinated at Bougainville many years ago.

I can find no Google reference to Peter at all and am wondering if anyone can point me in a direction where I might find further information.

Rick Larsen

Thanks for the comment about Trevor below Keith. I will follow it up and see what results.

Joe Fletcher

Hello from sunny Barcelona. I am a documentary film maker from the UK. I was recently alerted to an incredible story from 8 years ago on the island of Buka, covered in the Post-Courier by Pat Levo.

In brief its the story of the Le Feng twins (two Chinese sex doll castaways) and their appearance on the island and the effect they had on the community.

The story appears to have the makings of a great documentary and I am about to pitch it to a couple of broadcasters here. But before doing this I want to get as much insight as I can into the episode, see if it has evolved since the article, if the police investigation was ever concluded, if anyone had firsthand experience of the events/strong opinions etc.

If you or anyone you know has further information please let me know using the Comments link.

Rick Larsen

Hi Keith - I posted a comment a day or so ago on an article by Trevor Freestone titled "From Pagei to the Sea". Trevor was a teacher at Pagei at a time I visited in 1966 or 1967.

My comment was the first on that page since 2011 and I am wondering whether it might still be possible to contact Trevor. Maybe somebody knows?

I haven't heard from Trevor for some time Rick. The last known email contact I have for him is - KJ

Zenaleze Abage

My name is Zenaleze Abage, I am a historian with the National Museum and Art Gallery here in Port Moresby.

I was wondering if you could help me with a few portraits or photographs of the first three Governors-General of Papua New Guinea:

Sir John Guise
Sir Tore Lokoloko
Sir Kingsford Dibela

They will be used for research and publications for our current project on the Old House of Assembly downtown.

If you can help Zena, you can respond here or email her direct at - KJ

Bryant Allen

I have lost contact with George Hook, son of Walter John Hook (Wally) late of Aitape, who died at Musembelem village in 1943. I fear George may have died in Kavieng, where he was working.

If anybody can confirm George is dead I would appreciate knowing. Also if anyone has a contact address for George's sister Maria who I met in Brisbane long ago, I will be very grateful to know it. I have some documents (birth certificate and other material) that refer to her father Wally.

Get in touch with me through this site if you have any information that may assist Bryant - KJ

David Lamb

I am a former colleague of Alan Ross who used to work in the PNG Forests Department. I left in 1977 but Alan stayed on for quite a long time later but is now back in Australia. I wonder if you have a recent address I can use to contact him?

I understand you are a one man band and must get dozens of (tedious?) requests like this but I would be grateful for any advice. He was a good bloke and I would like to catch up with him again

If any reader can assist, let me know and I'll forward you David's email - KJ

Steve Malone

I would like to get in contact with John Kasaipwalova regarding a 50 year reunion for our class (1968) at St Brendans College which I am endeavouring to organise for October 2018.

Would be appreciated if you could provide me with an email address for John please.

Will Marakan,

I want to make contact with a Mr John Frize, a teacher (ASOPA) who taught at Port Moresby International High (now POMIS) in 1971, then Iarowari,Rabaul High before moving to Badihagwa High around 1974 where I lost contact. Last known place of residence is Newcastle,Sydney,NSW.

Are you able to help me or point me to someone who can?

Thank you.

Julie Morris

Gertrude Robson (1865-1917) - She was a teacher missionary with the Australian Board of Missions in Papua, for part of her career, where her youngest sister Louise (1876-1954), a trained nurse, also served.

I am a distant relative of these Robson women and understand Gertrude died in Papua in 1917, just as she was about to return to Australia on leave. Here is one reference to her -|||l-australian=y

I am wondering if there is a gravesite in PNG and if someone could send me a picture? I understand her body was not returned to Australia (totally understandable).

If there are any research materials I could access about Gertrude's or Louise's work, or life in general, whilst in Papua I would greatly appreciate it. The family is actively searching to see if any letters sent back to Australia may still exist.

Keith Courte

I am an ex from Bougainville and the Western District. 18yrs on plantations etc in Bougainville.. A few years up the Fly helping to train mobile sawmills and timber presentatin for export.

Now I am appealing to all to donate funds for a boat to carry Medical and Educationalsupplies in the Western District.

We have a 50 ft boat and are appealing for funds torefit and deliver the boat to theFly River Communities Inc which is owned by Wamki and Laurie Rasmussen contact me as below.

Bernard Corden

I need a copy of the RPNGC police clearance form for a PNG National. Rather than phoning the office in Mosbi, if anyone has a copy they could email to me, it would be most appreciated.

Michael Foldi

Keith thanks for maintaining such an important site. I am interested to talk to anyone who knew my grandfather, John Foldi, who was district commissioner in Rabaul from 1955 to 1965 and spent around 30 years of his life in New Guinea.

Jacqueline Logan

Hey! My uncle is Adrian Hollis (still an adventurer of sorts - a gold miner in the Yukon).

If he is mentioned in one of your books - I would be interested in purchasing a copy. Please let me know.

Arthur Williams

Read in National Nov 28 of Tumat Sogolik being installed in PNG Sports Hall of fame.

Apparently he was first PNG person to win a Commonwealth Games medal when he was boxing in the Edmonton Games.

The report mentions the questionable decision that gave the gold medal to Northern Ireland’s Barry McGuigan.

I have never been a great fan of any martial arts but recalled the happiness in New Ireland when he won. He now has retired to his home on the beautiful Tsoi Island.

I just found a Guardian interview on the fight in its 2014 Aug 1st issue… "McGuigan says initially he thought Sogolik was in a different division. 'He was like a beast, an absolute beast,' he said with an incredulous expression, repeating a face he pulled 34 years ago when first laying eyes on Tumat Sogolik."

"My coaches were very clever when I asked about my opponent; they said, ‘yeah he’s OK, a guy from Papua New Guinea’. But he had knocked everybody out. He either stopped them or knocked them out. I didn’t know that.

"Later I’m looking at him and I thought, that’s the biggest bantamweight I’ve ever seen. Then he hit me in the side of the head – I thought the house had come in on top of me.

"He dropped me in the second round; my legs were all over the place. It took me 15 seconds to come round but he’s swinging these haymakers.

"I got back into it and was throwing a few more jabs but then he catches me with an uppercut, boom. I didn’t go down but it was the hardest I’d ever been hit as an amateur.”

In The National report, the silver medal winner mentions the Queen and this is confirmed at where they wrote she actually came to his room in the Sports Village which Tumat said explained the red carpet he saw.

The Queen told him that she was sorry about the decision in the ring. This was as close to a formal apology as was possible. Regal protocol would have dictated that she could not say more.

The PNG shooter, Trevan Clough, who was Tumat’s roommate, was also present at the meeting.

Nice happy story from Lavongai area. I hope he enjoys many more years retirement at one of prettiest beach sites which I loved to visit.

Bernard Corden

I went down to my GP in Spring Hill at lunch time and he is an ex ASOPA graduate from the 1969 intake. His name is Dr John Whitchurch.

Philip Fitzpatrick

From the exkiap website today:

"... In 1958 my mother was a school teacher in PNG from Australia and father was a dutch sea captain. Gordon Ramsay was a Kiap to my knowledge my Godfather. He and his wife were good friends of my parents. Both my parents have recently passed away and I wanted to try and get in touch with Gordon if he is still alive. I myself am a police officer in Queensland."

Rolf Straatemeier

Lindsay F Bond

Reports of the rebuff by staff of UPNG in dealing with seven leaders of student seeking to re-register, had me pondering.

With no recent item to which to respond, set out below is that of my ponder-trance, whether or not it fits any placement or tolerance.

Intention is that the seven leaders of students are supported, while UPNG irons out its processes and responsiveness to obligations.

Seven stanzas sufferance

Seven students scandalously
snuffed seeking supplication
supposing suspension stayed

severance seemingly sardonic
serving scapegoat sentencing
seriously strained solemnity

systematic study source-spot
snappily stoking scholarship
stubbornly stumping-up sternness

sapient-less sanctioned sacking
shackled supporters supinely
staidly sneezing suppression

snubbing sustained sobriety
serving scantly sagaciousness
scarcely silencing steadfastness

shouldered specious sophistry
signals shanghai shenanigan
solvent spiflicate spillage

shimmeringly stage-lights shining
shibboleths separating stars
startling starker-bund stigmatics.

Lindsay Bond

Lucy - Mention is made of "Lt L.C. Noakes and Lt Ken Bridges" being "the last chaps of the hush-hush party" probably at Garaina, approx October 1942, on Page 140 of [hardcover]Hooper, Alan E. 1994. Love War & Letters PNG 1940-45. Robert Brown & Associates (Qld) Pty Ltd, Coorparoo. ISBN 1 86273 082 2

Lucy Palmer

I'm looking for information on Lyndon Charles Noakes (1914-1990). A geologist and coastwatcher in Oro during World War II. He was posted I believe to the Mambere River. Any thoughts on where I should start looking apart from the War Memorial?

Peter Kranz

Keith - I merely ask a question. I believe the contributions to PNG Attitude over the years are a major and very important resource for the study of the history, culture and social studies for and about PNG.

Are they being archived for posterity?

The National Library of Australia has been archiving PNG Attitude annually since 2009, when it archived our entire database from the beginning. You can see what NLA is doing here - KJ

Michael Dom

And there's this update on ABC:

Philip Fitzpatrick

That's great Michael.

It starts with a version of the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights in Tok Pisin.

It reads really well.

Get behind it everyone.

Michael Dom

A Tok Pisin page on Wikipedia.

I found this excellent link by accident, last modified on 11 Mas 2013, at 11:04.

John K Kamasua

I have forwarded Dr Anne Ford's message via email Dr. Linus Digimrina.

Hopefully he can respond form his end.

Dr. Digimrina's email address is:

Michael Dom

I note the subtle change on the menu bar today, Keith.

Yes, Phil Fitzpatrick's latest Papua New Guinean novel, The Floating Island, is available for free download - KJ

Michael Dom

Anne Ford - I have copied your details and will try to get a message to Dr Linus Dingimrina of the University of Papua New Guinea, Anthropology and Sociology Strand.

Also, John Kaupa Kamasua, who often reads this blog, may be a more direct contact as he lectures at UPNG.

His email address is If I've spelt Linus surname correctly then his email should be similar.

Unfortunately the UPNG server is notorious for bouncing back emails or just absorbing them into the never.

Anne Ford

I am a researcher at the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Otago in New Zealand and I'm interested in tracking down anyone who has contacts or may have recently visited Fergusson Island in the D'Entrecasteaux.

Would you be able to pass my email address onto anyone who you think would be suitable? I'm interested in doing fieldwork in the area and would like to ask questions about village locations and facilities available.

Dr Anne Ford
Department of Anthropology & Archaeology
University of Otago, New Zealand

Veronica Walsh

I am wondering if anyone can shed any light on Graham Perry who managed a plantation up in New Ireland back in the 1950s/1960s?

He was/is my uncle and I am trying to find out anything I can about him for my family tree. I was advised by Bill Gammage to contact you.

Michael Dom

That tweet map is waaaay cool, Keith!

David Burrowes

Hello Keith and readers and subscribers to PNG Attitude.
I am hoping that someone can help me out with any old group pics of the PNG House Of Assembly from 1964 to 1970. I am specifically interested in pics containing John Stuntz who was the member for Milne Bay from 1964. John passed away in Angeles City in the Philippines in March last year and his remembrance is in the obituaries in the 'Attitude' blog. I happened to be visiting him at the time. John was my brother in law being married to Wari Numa who was Kila's, my wife's sister. After Wari passed away John remarried in the Philippines and one of his daughters (my god daughter) is visiting with us over this coming Easter. This earlier part of John's life is an unknown to her and I would like to present her with any old pics of John that anybody may happen to have. Thanks to anybody who can assist. Rgds Dave Burrowes

Michael Theophilus Dom

I was very proud to find three travel stories from 2015 by Daniel Kumbon, Tabitha Pangkatana and Hazel Kutkue in the Jan-Feb issue of Paradise Magazine.

I don't know if this has been celebrated in PNG Attitude yet.

J Gladwell

Dear Keith, I am hoping that you may be able to confirm a rumour which is circulating here in Oz, to the effect that some sort of 75th Anniversary celebration event for the Kokoda Campaign is being planned for September 2017.

I have made enquires with the Australian High Commission both in Lae and Moresby, and have also contacted the PNG Minister for the Environment (as he is linked to the Kokoda Initiative) but so far nothing.

Have you , or your readers, heard of any such event/s?

It sounds highly likely, but can a reader shed some light on this story - KJ

Ed Burke

Dear Keith, I wondered if you, with your many contacts in PNG, might know how I can contact some one in Pomio, either at the Catholic Mission or in a school?

I would like to find out what happened to some of my Grade 6 students who went to Rabaul for high school. Any advice would be appreciated.

Can any reader assist Ed contact his former Pomio students? - KJ

Elizabeth Bakri Dumu

Fear is mortal man’s greatest enemy!

It was a lazy Thursday afternoon, 31st December, 2015. The summer heat was just easing away. I was returning from feeding Blacky, Browny, Whitey and Henny Penny, and Boskey the cat, to a waiting group of excited girls, Lungu, Kambi, Jossie and Ruth. I was going to drive them to Kings Park that evening for the New Year Fireworks.

I was waiting for my connection bus and thinking of my excited girls at the same time. A few metres from where I was three St Johns Ambulance staff were skilfully stabilizing a young lady who seemed to have fainted at the bus station, then wheeled her into the ambulance.

Everything happened so swiftly and neatly. Eventually, the young lady who was playing a leading role jumped into the driver’s seat and drove away. I finally had a sigh of relief as if the patient was me or one of my relatives or friends. I knew the patient was now in good care.

Some thoughts quickly ran through my mind as I continued to sit waiting for my bus:

Someone must have called an emergency number.

On the other hand, someone was waiting and answered the call immediately.

Help was sent to the scene.

The victim was stabilized.

The vehicle was specially built to wheel the bed out and then in with the patient strapped on it.

The young lady will be treated at some hospital somewhere soon, and she will be well again.

Then, at the end of everything, someone is going to pay for all that service and convenience.

That someone is the recipient of those services, the patient.

Almost immediately, I was reminded of the almost K10,000 I paid for medical insurance. I thought, hmm, maybe it is during times like this that I will appreciate having paid such an amount of money to some insurance company who ‘God knows what else they do with such money they collect from everybody else’.

Then I told myself, hang on, just how likely is such an incident ever going to happen? If it does happen, how many times can it happen? Will it ever happen at all? What would have happened if I used that money to do something else instead? What would have happened if such an incident really happened and I did not have an insurance cover?

Then I thought of how we do it back home, where everyone chips in and helps during emergencies as such, some even giving their last toeas at the expense of their families’ well-being. And then I also thought of how easily friends and relatives get upset when their friends and relatives do not come to their our aid in times of need such as a medical emergency or even death, ‘haus krai’.

My thought did not stop. I went on further to think of my subsistence farmer parents, their parents, and their parents parents, and how they never had to set aside some pigs, ‘kina shells’, or cassowaries, for such emergencies.

They never fainted while planting a garden, never chopped their hand off while cutting wood in the bush, or hunting. Mothers gave birth naturally. There was no need for c-sections, except on very rare occasions where such was required, costing the life of the mother or child or both.

Today, we have so much happening in the name of Health insurance, Travel insurance, Life insurance, even Pet Insurance for the likes of Blacky, Browny, Whitey, Henny Penny, and Boskey, plus all other forms of insurances.

While I appreciated what had happened before me in saving that young lady's life, I walked into my connection bus, still puzzled as to whether mankind is saving or destroying itself more out of fear of the ‘what-if’.

Fear is mortal man’s greatest enemy.

Bernard Corden

There is an article by Robert Waddell entitled Local Government Policy in PNG 1949-1973 published in the Australian Journal of Politics & History back in April 2008. The PDF is available from the Wiley online library and may provide Grant Selmes with some further information covering post war administration in PNG.

Bernard Corden

I have just noticed that the Larry Danielson album, Travelin' Music, is available on iTunes.

I can vaguely recollect my brother saying he was deported for a short while over the Streets of Mount Hagen song.

Another colleague of my brother, Steve Lewis, who worked with ANZ, had the task of repossessing Larry Danielson's vehicle.

Some other names from that bygone era I have met include:

Keith Tetley
Seth Grady
Mike Breden
David and Liz Trenerry (Ex Shell)
Vic Jacobs (SP)
Jerry Farramus (SP)
Peter Colley (SP)
Graham Dunnage
Errol Dutton
Brian Hull
Liberty Vallance
Richard and Debbie Kelly
Robert Suckling
David Everson
Jim Sinclair
Sudsy Saunders
Manbat Wayne Bruce

I managed to obtain a copy of the SP book entitled The First Thirty Years, which was written by Jim Sinclair. It features the Jumbo expedition up the Highlands Highway and I have a copy of one of the marketing brochures, which were distributed throughout the villages leading up to the event. Many children still use it to recall their birth dates as either before or after jumbo.

My nephew, William Togu, recently graduated with a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Unitech in Lae.

Happy New Year.

Phil Fitzpatrick

"Damagement". What a wonderful word - I can't wait to use it somewhere.

Bernard Corden

I have recently discovered this blog and it provides me with so many fond memories of my late brother, Ron Corden.

Ron arrived in PNG back in 1968 and worked for the PNG Investment Corporation until independence in 1975.

He then became corporate secretary for SP Brewery under Bruce Flynn and then worked for the PNG Water Board and ended up at Goroka City Council before returning to Australia.

Ron passed away in September 2005 and is buried in Tamworth NSW, where his daughter lives. His colleagues included Warren Pearson, John Tideman, Chris Ashton, Brian Gray and many of the Burns Philp and Steamships damagement.

I spent four years in Lae between 2006 -2010 with Trukai Industries, reporting to Phil Franklin.

I notice Peter Ryan passed away recently and always enjoyed his articles in The Spectator Australia and have an extremely informative Encyclopaedia of PNG, which he edited.

Despite many of its social problems PNG is such a fascinating place and many of its people are so warm and friendly. I really enjoy the blog and can remember so many of Ron's recollections, particularly involving Larry Burton Danielson. I have a vinyl copy of his infamous album, Bloody Port Moresby.

Tim Roberts

I was hoping that you might be able to connect me with the journalist Sinclaire Solomon. We shared a house together in Goroka in the late 1970’s along with journalist Tim Grimwade.

I am coming to PNG next week on business for a week for the first time since 1979 and I was trying to track down Sinclaire to see if we could catch up. Any assistance you can provide would be great.

Grant Selmes

Hello. Thank you very much for this blog which is a wonderful source of information. I just had a question. I was wondering if anyone knows if there is a definitive or well regarded history of Australia's administration in PNG from say after WW11 til Independence? Thank you very much.

Michael Beckett

Anyone have information on Charles Beckett who was a gold miner in Edie Creek, Wau and Bulolo in the 1920s, 1930s? He was reportedly also a coast watcher in WW2. He was the father of Dr. Halley Beckett who was my father. I always heard stories of Charlie Blake, Sharkeye Park, Errol Flynn and various others.

John Sliviak

PNG Attitude is an excellent blog, I took so long finding out.

Phil Fitzpatrick

That's a hell of a list of people seeking help for one reason or another.

Maybe PNG Attitude needs a dedicated seeking help heading?

Barbara Maerkl

Hello Keith - My name is Barbara and I am working on a research project about an Australian family who lived in PNG, 1951 to 1978.

I would like to connect with people who have lived in either Port Moresby or Samarai and/or have been to Woodlark Island.

As your blog attracts so many readers, I was wondering if you could help me.

Thank you so much for your time. I really appreciate it. With gratitude.

Chuck Micheals

I am writing a book on the life of Father John Glover, a Catholic priest in New Guinea in World War II.

I am writing you because I would like to locate a photo of the memorial that was erected in honour of him in the 1960s in Kainantu, Eastern Highland Province.

I lived in the highlands of New Guinea from 1985 – 2000, but never saw this memorial. Recently the Kainantu Government Council wrote me requesting additional information about the memorial.

They saw my book online and they wrote after they damaged the memorial in a construction renovation and are looking for information so it can be reconstructed.

Any help you can give me is appreciated. I have been in touch with a nephew of Father John Glover, but he has limited information and no photograph of the memorial either.

Paul Buxton

Does anybody know my late father, Keith Buxton.

I knew him well in Chimbu, Paul. I'll drop you an email - KJ

Keith Jackson

One of our readers, Rev Neil Harvey, is trying to get in touch with Darusila Arazi, originally from Rabaul and who worked with the Department of Education for many years. Can anyone assist?

Phil Fitzpatrick

The state of the coffee industry in PNG really needs looking at Pana.

I suggest you take up Keith's offer and write an article for Attitude on what you are doing.

The submission to the Senate Committee covers such projects as yours in general terms with its advice about specifically targeted provincial projects coupled with transparency and accountability.

Pana Wiya

Keith, I need to send you a powerpoint on a village coffee project I began about 18 months ago in Sydney to help village farmers earn more for their coffee.

The website is , better deal for growers. If you could, I would appreciate if this could be included as an idea for aid funding here on your Australian Senate committee presentation.

The funds are required here for marketing of our coffee which I've already began with my own little funds but requires aid to boost what has been done so far.

This will in fact help the farmer and the economy. I will send more details on what I'm trying to do without much help from our PNG government except for Governor Gary Juffa who sees this vision as the best for his people and rest of PNG coffee growers.

The Senate committee is not looking at specific projects but at developing an overall policy approach to Australian aid, so it is not the place for your proposal. If you wish to write an article about what you're doing for PNG Attitude, we'll be happy to publish it. You can email me through a link in the About section of the blog (top left) - KJ

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