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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 - 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 - 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

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 - 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.

Baka Bina

Keith - Tokim Lorenzo long rait Tok Pisin wantaim sampela bilong mipela. Nogut Tok Pisin bilong em bai igo karangi.

Na wonem Tok Pisin; Tok Pisin bilong hailens or bilong nambis or bilong ol lain bilong ailan? Or Tok Pisin bilong ol taun lain or bilong ol bus lain?

Na igat Tok Pisin insait long Tok Pisin tu. Yu save, taim you laikim wanpela gavman sevis long gavman opis, na sapos yu kisim save gut long Tok Pisin bilong wokman bilong gavman ya em toromoi, wan tu ya, bai yu kisim wonem samting yu laikim stret isi isi tru.

Oops em ken go long-long tu long ol Tok Pisin bilong ol wan solwara tu ya.

Cheers to Lorenzo and wish him the success.

Philip Fitzpatrick

There are no good booksellers in PNG Lorenzo. Lots of good writers - no bookshops.

Best to search for what you want in Australian bookshops online.

Lorenzo Arroyo Plaza | Bilbao, Spain

Right now, I am studying Bahasa Indonesia and Tok Pisin with the materials in ERIC and Pacific Linguistics.

When I reach a high enough degree of reading comprehension, I intend to compile a practical dictionary of Tok Pisin into English which include all the materials and expanded information of Oxford Papua New Guinea Tok Pisin English Dictionary Mihalic, Steinbauer and Schebesta if I get a readable scan of the latter.

I will also include Dutton and Thomas' courses with complementary notes of Highlands, coastal and downlands varieties by Laycock Wurm and Mülhausler's handbook
with quotes from Wantok, Buk Baibel and all the books, brochures and writing material I may find at second hand booksellers, open access archives or in the web.

Can you recommend me a good bookseller in Papua New Guinea which accept foreign orders?

Philip Fitzpatrick

Gaye - The Pacific Islands Monthly has been scanned and is available online at Trove.

Gaye Speldewinde

I am about to donate a blazer from the 1963 Suva South Pacific Games (the very first) to the Pacific Games Council on the Gold Coast.

I understood the fellow who sold it to me got it for shooting but the Qld Museum says there was no shooting competition at the 1963 Games. Is this correct?

One of the Google references refers to shooting. Was there? Who would know for sure? Can you help please.

Of course the man could have fibbed. I bought it in Canberra quite a few years ago. I don’t remember when. The Pacific Islands Monthly magazines could probably tell me if I had access to them.

Can any reader assist? Reply using the Comment link or directly to - KJ

Eric Schering

Hi Keith, I would very much like to see the IMF and/or the World Bank report for PNG come to the light of day. The report has already been written and submitted to the Prime Minister but he's keeping it under wraps. Can one of your writers or researchers find the report and give it the exposure it deserves?

John Pratt

I am seeking details of the life of Father Glover, a military chaplain. He was known as the Flying Priest.

I would be grateful for anything. In hope of response, and

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

Dr Denise Wallis (née Koop)

Hullo Keith and the PNG Attitude site.

I was so moved by your small article on Brian Halesworth. I knew you both in PNG in the sixties, and Lester Goodman and family.

Brian and I were romantically involved for some time, until I 'got religion' and was steered in completely the wrong direction by this event. I have never ceased regretting it, and continue to mourn what I lost.

I say 'I' because, as you accurately state, Brian's great love was Tanya. I saw Brian several times over the years. I only wish things had been different.

I have written about the years I spent in PNG and will look and see if there is an appropriate place to enter that chapter of my life in The Crocodile.

I was delighted to read everything in your website and thanks for publishing.

Bernard Yegiora

John, well said.

Let us stick with what we can manage and make changes as we progress.

Zotu Hizoke

Hi Keith - I stumbled through your blog a few days ago and I'm really enjoying everything in here.

Regarding the post by Glenn Twomey about John Fowke's book 'Kundi Dan', I would really want to have a copy of that book if some are still left.


I'm pretty sure you'll be able to secure a copy from Pacific Book House at - KJ

John Kaupa Kamasua

Marlene has a point here, but I share the following points to support the current form. There must be a single winning entry for each of the category under the PNG Crocodile Prize.

I think several prizes lessens the significance of the first prize.

The incentive of the prize and the mentoring and feedback writers get over the course of the year should all contribute to enhancing the quality and competitiveness of entries.

I have been challenged through the feedback and responses to look at the materials I am presenting.

I also think creativity and innovation are best nurtured and supported through a one-entry win literary competition.
The other thing is that I can learn from why an award was given to a particular writer for his or her article in a certain category.

The comments and citation for the winning article become lessons and guide me. And because judging is independent and by some of the best in the business who have had many years of writing, editing and publishing.

Writing is a special journey. It must not stop for many who missed out on a prize or their work not included in the anthology. It must not only be about the prize, but the culture of writing.

Of course to get a prize is the ultimate aim of every writer but the Crocodile Prize must be about the best in PNG writing. Anything less will take us back to the days when many writers struggled to find good avenues for even publishing. (Maybe that is an overstatement).

The Crocodile Prize is not a workshop or a training avenue for writers. It is a competition, and the prize that is awarded must go to the best entry.

I am pretty comfortable and it makes sense to maintain the current form.

This to me will improve the quality of writing in the country.

These are only my perspectives as a contributor to the Crocodile Prize.

Marlene Dee Gray Potoura

Thank you Keith for clarifying that. And once again thank you for keeping all this together.

Marlene Dee Gray Potoura

Hi PNG Attitude. The Crocodile Writing Prize is great and the Anthology is just superb. But I have realised that so many outstanding stories are not commmended properly. K5000 for one story is a bit too much.

Why can't there be a second and third prize in each category. And also give commendation certificates for maybe another three outstanding stories in each category.

This way, so many good writers would be encouraged and they would feel some kind of achievement. My thoughts are based on what I have seen and observed.

Thanks Marlene. They are good suggestions and we certainly have given thought to a range of prizes and also to commendation certificates. It all depends on our need to, at this stage, keep the organisation simple and our workload manageable. Last year, the Prize came very close to failing. This year it has been put back on track. As the administration of the Prize strengthens - and there is still a long way to go in this respect - we can add new activities and changes in structure to improve it -KJ

Jeff Naylor


I found your website while searching for my father in law who died last Sunday.

Dave was a Stockport boy who followed a dream to the other side of the world and then gave his life outside work to enriching the lives of PNG youth via his lifelong passion, football.

His PNG football CV incorporated Ela Beach, Westpac United and then national youth coach, where his teams gave Oz a bloody nose!

He was awarded the PNG Independence Medal for his contribution to football and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Peter Kranz

With the PNG team in Glasgow it's right to be reminded that PNG has it's own tartan.

Scots wae hae!

Professor David Bryant

I am looking for Chris Warrilow with whom I spent several weeks on a patrol out of Erave in January 1965.

I was a medical student at the time and he really opened my eyes to the wonders of the territory.

I have recently found some old photographs and would love to get in touch with him. Does anyone have his contact details?

David - The email address we have is chris_warrillow(at) - KJ

Peter Kranz

ABC to slash 80 staff - mostly from Radio Australia and the Asia/Pacific news desk. And the Australia Network is dead.

A sad day.

Well at least PNG Attitude is going from strength to strength.

Lindsay F Bond

Hi Keith - In both my PC and Mac, for 'PNG Attitude' articles, the Post and Preview buttons are mostly in-operative, yet on the 'All about PNG Attitude' page, these are operable. Any clues?

Can't explain that, Lindsay, not a problem I've encountered previously. As a work around, if you want a comment posted, email it directly to me - KJ

Peter Kranz

Good advice Keith. But a book is a considered effort, maybe involving years of work. Twitter is off-the-cuff comments often with no consideration. And my how the great have fallen.

Rupert Murdoch Verified account ‏@rupertmurdoch

777crash confirms jihadists turning to make trouble for China. Chance for US to make common cause, befriend China while Russia bullies.


Try @colvinius @1petermartin @johnquiggin @justiniannews and @tonyhwindsor and use them as an intelligent person's guide to what lies beyond in the links - KJ

Peter Kranz

In the last few weeks we have been intrigued by the Twitter phenomenon (which being an old fart hadn't caught my attention).

My first reactions are it is a combination of pub talk and the externalisation of inner voices. Maybe a new-tech combination of both?

There's everything on Twitter from the whimsical to the downright depraved and calls for violence from people who have never been hit in the face by a banana leaf.

But see it for what it is. Mostly verbal diarrhoea.

Go to a bookshop and you'll see the trash and the treasures. Treat Twitter the same way. Select who you follow carefully and you'll find yourself connected to a wonderful trove of information - KJ

Peter Kranz

I don't know about Ray Noble, but apparently Tommy Dorsey performed at a concert party for the troops in New Guinea. It's mentioned here -

"'Boredom is the Enemy': The Intellectual and Imaginative Lives of Australian Soldiers in the Great War and Beyond" By Dr Amanda Laugesen.

..and was heard by none other than Smoky Dawson

And for some light relief, here's Private Les Homsey doing the Hula as part of a ballet concert party in Port Moresby. Not quite sure what the troops thought of ballet, but Les seems to be having fun.

Lindsay F Bond

Arresting news about PNG on ABC Radio at 1pm today?

Peter Kranz

Here's a question. Did Ray Noble with Dorsey ever record a song about New Guinea?

Can't find one, Peter, but the tunes of the Dorsey band were certainly broadcast throughout the south-west Pacific, including by Tokyo Rose - KJ

Goetz Gus Schweinfurth OBE

Hi, am writing a book about my very close mate Utula Samana.

I spent 10 years as his provincial secretary and kiap and attended his funeral in Lae.

It was great to hear some great stories I can use.

I am in PNG often working for the people and especially Bougainville where I also married and children were born.

It's great to help PNG's wonderful people.

David Gonol

I want to make an observation on the current crisis in Ukraine.

President Putin has tested President Obama long enough to know that Obama is not a warmonger like his predecessor Bush.

For instance, Obama publicly announced that use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria would be crossing a 'red line' that would attract immediate military intervention from the US, but when the Assad regime did use chemical weapon against its own citizens, Obama failed to keep his word.

Now Russian military is occupying Crimea region in Ukraine. The tension is very high. Ukraine government has mobilized its army and has asked US and the West for help. But Obama and the West are not taking the same step late President Kennedy took back in 1963 during Cuban missile crisis by blocking Soviet ships from entering Cuba but instead talking about imposing economic sanctions on Russia, which Russia is not very busy.

China and other emerging powers are closely watching how the US and West are handling issues around the world. What appears now is that President Obama seems to be presiding over the decline of the US world hegemony.

The next power to dominate the world is China. The US dominates the world with both its eyes and ears open, but China will dominate with its eyes open but ears closed.

Peter Kranz

Keith - tell Ingrid I've sent a comment to her blog.

Good show!

Michael Dom

Meow, meow, meow.

Is the ending I recall.

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