It is a fine and scintillating book of great interest to
people who were in the
Tuum Est is not just a comprehensive history, compelling in its own right, it is laden with anecdotes, insights and personal reminiscences that bring that history to life.
Here’s an extract:
On 20 July 1970 a large number of Mataungan Association supporters arrived at Keravat township, but were prevented by a police road block from proceeding to Vunapalading. On 21 July there was a major confrontation out along the Vudal road.
Rev Ian Whitelock, the
The Rev Whitelock and his friend Rev Garlick, the Minister from Matupit, went up the Vudal road to see what was going on. They were amazed to find Mataungan men, some of them from Matupit, decked out in war paint and preparing their bows and arrows while the police were in full battle gear, carrying gas masks, tear gas, shield, truncheons and guns.
At one stage Keravat Primary A School was closed for three days, and there was a lot of tension in the small town…
Keravat National High, the first high school in
Most of the chapters are organised to reflect the Keravat story under its various principals, including a wealth of information from each era and numerous photographs that are alone worth the price of the book.
At the end of each chapter are the names of graduates of the school, and information on what they have done with their lives since leaving Keravat.
Tuum Est also tells
the early history of education in
At Kervat, she taught social science and became deputy head, and then acting head for part of 1981.
Barbara's last assignment in PNG was as headmistress of Manggai High in New Ireland (1982-83).
Upon returning to Australia in 1984, she taught at Pymble Ladies College, Pacific Hills Christian School and Abbotsleigh before retiring in 1998.
All profits from the sale of the book go to the school.
There are three versions of the book available in
Regular - $30. A4, 380 pages, 227 b&w photos, soft-back hand-stitched clear plastic cover.
Special - $70. Same book as regular but with strong buckram cover.
Deluxe - $90. Leather cover, many colour photos, better quality paper.
Cheques to Mrs Barbara Short,
In PNG, the book is available from Mannen Kuluwah, who you can email at email@example.com