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23 March 2014

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I am a granddaughter of Doreen Parer Owen. This was a great read.

I must say I've always been proud to be associated with such a pioneering family.

For J Smith. I am the grandson of Dominic Mullins, the aircraft engineer you seek information about. My father James William Mullins has fond memories of his early years in Lae with his father Dominic and mother Grace. Dad and I followed in Dominic's footsteps.......we both had careers in the Royal Australian Air Force.

We heard that an Albert Moss was a partner in Ray Parer's New Guinea Highlands airline in the 1900s, but that Albert Moss died of Black Water fever in New Guinea in the 1920's. Would any of the Parer family remember Albert Moss in the PAT company?

A most interesting family.

Pat Parer, Ray's wife and Michael's mother, drove from London to India via Afghanistan with her kelpie in the 1960's.

She was a feisty lady, small with reddish hair and a friend of my mother's in New Delhi. I ended up living with her after she moved to Hong Kong. I shared a flat with her and worked with her for a couple of years before she went to work in Vietnam.

Young Michael came to Hong Kong for a visit around that time. He must have been about 15. Pat would keep me amused by speaking Pidgin, which I loved. I believe she died in the 1980's.

I'm looking for information on Albert William (Bill) Dominic Mullins who was an engineer New Guinea.

Mullins was on first plane to fly into Lae as an engineer to Guinea Airways. He spent a lot of time in NG.

I remember the Parer name being spoken about.

The book 'Gold Dust and Ashes' (Ion Idriess) referred to Bill Mullins.

Thank you.

The ABC is advertising a movie that has just been made on Damien Parer.

Some excellent material, thank you for sharing. Kevin also published a memoir several years ago with some accounts of his time in PNG.

It is such an honour to be bound up in the ever-growing saga of the Parer clan, and always a pleasure to find new material to illuminate the stories of the past. Thank you again for sharing.

What a legendary family! When I taught in PNG I loved using the Damien Parer films in my teaching. I forget where I found them - probably in the wonderful Catholic Mission Film library at Wewak.

Love the photo of Kevin Parer at the top. It says a lot.

Keith, I was thinking you need to have a section on your blog for a collection of great PNG photos - that capture 'that moment in time".
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The Typepad platform does have a photo album capability, but I'm afraid curating that is beyond the time I have available - KJ

Firstly thanks to the legend Mary Mennis MBE and another legend, you yourself, Keith. You are supposed to be retired.

You are amazing what you have done in digging up the history of PNG. And the immense effort you have made to bring alive the next generation of writers/journalists with the Crocodile Prize.

How you have achieved this offshore is truly extraordinary. You have put them on the international scene which is more than can be said of our PNG newspapers.

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