ON 8 May 1964, the sixth issue of the Kundiawa News appeared at the Chimbu Club and at Dick Kelaart’s Kundiawa Hotel, adjacent to the airstrip. It bore a price tag for the first time - sixpence plus sixpence, the publishers obviously having a second thought about what their readers would be willing to pay. The issue was of four pages and there was not much hard news. But the social news begun in the previous issue was joined by a sports column. The newsletter was developing most satisfactorily with a print run of “about 40” copies.
A SLOW NEWS WEEK: SO WHAT!
This week in Kundiawa has been what they call in the journalistic world a slow news week. That is, nothing much of importance happened.
I admit: on Saturday we had a wow of a Pyjama Party; during the week we did learn that the Club has reduced its debt by nearly a half in the last three months; we did have Bob Barnes back in town; we did have some important overseas visitors; we did have an important court here; the visiting dental officer did cause a lot of discomfort; the A School report cards possible caused more discomfort; the Kundiawa News began its first week as a large-scale production.
Well they do say the news is where you look for it. You know, we don’t have such a dull life here. Suppressing a yawn, I welcome you to the first general issue of the Kundiawa News. This is, more or less, a souvenir issue. Treasure it – it may be the only one.
So this has been a slow news week – well, as the proverb says, ‘Enjoy when you can; endure when you must’. All aboard for Enduring.
Seen on Thursday trying some fancy barrett parking was a well-known area education officer. Apparently his recent southern leave has blotted his memory; he just seemed to forget that Melbourne curbs and Territory curbs differ slightly (approximately 2 or 3 feet in most cases). Or maybe he braked too hard at the Malaria School traffic lights.
MALARIA PATROL IN SEPIK
Bob Flanagan, attached to the Malaria school, left earlier this week on a three-month patrol in thee Sepik. While on patrol Flanagan will come within spears throw of the Indonesian border.