Loch Blatchford (ASOPA 1961-62) writes he’s heard I’m interested in the history of ASOPA. “I don't know what you have or in how much depth you want to go to,” says Loch, “but I have a fairly extensive collection of material on PNG education (8 linear metres). Mostly post War to 1977.” Loch attaches a summary of some of the documentation from 1948, which ranges from the ASOPA calendar for that year to a letter from PNG education director WC Groves explaining why only one CEO attended a short course and the rest withdrew.
I advise Loch that my role is very much as a mere reporter of some of the more interesting aspects of ASOPA history through The Mail and this website, but that I've taken the liberty of forwarding his information to Dr Geoff Gray, the pre-eminent researcher of this era who, later this year, expects to embark on a book about the history of ASOPA.
The extracts from Loch's papers that I've seen so far offer many tasty morsels and promise a grand feast to follow. we'll try to get this material on ASOPA PEOPLE as soon as possible.