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14 January 2014


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Carolus Ketsimur was appointed an ABC cadet journalist in 1964, in the second cadet intake after Boe Arua (Papua) and Chris Rangatin (New Ireland).

In 1962 there had been only 14 people with an Intermediate Certificate in PNG, and not many more two years later.

Charlie seemed more like a poet than a journalist. He was soft, quietly spoken, gentle, and seemed intimidated by the thought of interviewing people, especially senior Administration officials.

He loved his music and was never so content as when sitting down with his guitar. It's not surprising that he left journalism and sought a business career based on his music.

It is tragic that he can be counted as one of the lives lost to the Bougainville dispute.

He can be counted as such. During the civil war, Charlie had to flee and hide in the bush in fear of his life. This left him very ill and its after-effects left him greatly vulnerable in his remaining years - KJ

I am also getting interested in this work for it is a need in Bougainville.

I hope family members could help salvage the work.

Carolus was working on a novel about 'blackbirding', the kidnapping of islanders for the Queensland sugar cane fields just before he died. A chapter was published in the 2011 Crocodile Anthology.

It would be a fitting tribute to him if this book could be published.

Do any of his relatives know what happened to the manuscript?

Carolus and Julie gave my daughter a little job in the store when she went to them for a holiday. Sunny loved it and loved doing the money part.

She has ended up in banking, although it is in engineering IT, not money. RIP you lovely man.

Always soft spoken he is indeed one of our greatest in radio and his passion for cocoa acknowledged. We will all miss him.

I'm greatly saddened by the death of Carolus Ketsimur. He was one of the first Papua New Guineans to join the ABC (9PA) in 1962 as a cadet journalist. Everyone liked "Charlie". He was a lovely bloke and so talented. He will be greatly missed.

Sad. Interesting account of a great citizen who had done a lot for his province and Papua New Guinea.

69 is still young but God knows best, we all will one day retire our earthly jackets for an immortal body.

Our prayers to his family and his friends everywhere.

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