SIR SINAKA GOAVA died in 2003 without realising his dream of one day publishing a book.
However, he had laid the groundwork by archiving manuscripts and his good friend Br Patrick Howley had recorded extensive interviews with him.
Now, nearly seven years after Sir Sinaka’s death, senior PNG political figure, Sir Peter Barter, has launched the book Crossroads to Justice: Colonial Justice and a Native Papuan.
Sinaka Goava was a prominent Papuan colonial-era figure and the book tells his struggle to get his father, James Goava Oa, out of jail.
Mr Oa, from Delena village in Kairuku, was a noted public servant who was jailed for life for murdering a sorcerer.
In 1931 he was jailed, eventually being sentenced to life imprisonment in 1939 after an eight year trial. Thereafter, his eldest son, Sinaka, despite limited knowledge of legal practice, began a long effort to get his father released.
It took a long time. James Oa was eventually freed in April 1963 after 32 years in prison.
At the book launch, Sir Peter Barter said Sir Sinaka was a remarkable public servant and leader of his time.
He praised the book as one that will enable Papua New Guineans to understand life in the formative years of the country.
Br Patrick Howley said Sir Sinaka was one of the most honest and hardworking Papua New Guineans he had ever met and he was pleased to help him publish the book.
to Justice: Colonial Justice and a Native Papuan, Divine Word University
Press, K45 (posted). Contact Br Howley at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 7174 6408. Readers in
Source: The National Friday 5 February 2010