The eleventh issue of the Kundiawa News appeared on Friday 10 June 1964 and was the last of the weeklies. It ran to 11 pages including a four-page ‘Special Minj Golf Supplement’. The newsletter told readers that “you can expect the regular fortnightly News to be bigger, livelier and better than the present weekly edition”. Among the reasons offered for the decision were “the publishers of the News have other responsibilities and a weekly edition takes up an unfair proportion of their time”. Life was tough up in the Highlands.
RECOMPENSE FOR KILLING MADE – DUMAN LINES MAKE FRIENDS AGAIN
An impressive murder settlement on Monday seems to have brought down the curtain on the last act of the tribal battle between two Duman lines. Both lines walked into Kundiawa within minutes of each other on Monday morning for the settlement the same afternoon. Many station residents who have Dumans as personal servants commented on the fear of payback killing shown by these people. The repayment in money and goods seems to have alleviated any chance of this occurring. The settlement reached was £300 in money, 16 pigs and a large quantity of gold-lip shell.
Before the official handover, the police under Sergeant-Major Yurondo gave an impressive display including a particularly fearsome bayonet drill. This show of strength was followed by a talk from District officer Mr L Doolan. Mr Doolan told the crowd of about 300 Dumans that they must realise the government has now come to Kundiawa and that disagreements will be settled by peaceful means rather than by fighting.
He attacked the groups for warring over something so minor as a food which grows in the bush, commenting that a man’s life was needlessly wasted because of this. The replies and sentiments of the leaders of the two lines were then expressed and the settlement concluded with handshakes and hugs among former enemies.
Both lines then departed on the long walk back to Duman, no doubt contemplating the settlement and wondering what their forebears would have thought of it all.
SPELEOLOGISTS HERE LONG WEEKEND
A group of amateur cave hunters from Goroka are expected to pass through Kundiawa during the long weekend to explore caves in a limestone ridge to the north of the town. It is thought that a sinkhole could be found that will rival some of the deepest in the world. It is believed this expedition will do the groundwork for a more highly-planned search in the future with experts being involved. Some Kundiawa residents will accompany the Goroka team and it is hoped that the ‘News’ will have on-the-spot coverage from one of its staff.
EDUCATION CHIEF HERE
Mr K Rogan, Eastern Highlands Education chgief, is on an inspection tour of Chimbu schools. During the week he has been visiting primary T Schools throughout the area to make sure they are satisfying the rigorous standards imposed by the Education Department on all Territory schools. Mr Rogan has been accompanied on his visits by Area Education Officer, Mr R Delbridge.
PERSONAL PARS WITH MURRAY BLADWELL
We could hear the noise at Gon. Wondered what it was until I discovered that it was ladies day at the Malaria School. A good crowd gathered to hear all about those delightful insects and were treated to films and afternoon tea. Yes ladies, it is the female mosquito that bites – the male is harmless. Almost true to life.
Heard two delightful young tots discussing he heavens last week. Miss A – Did you know God made the moon and the starts? Miss B (indignant) – No he didn’t, Mr Jackson did!
Sorry he ever popped the question is Alan Slack, celebrating his first wedding anniversary. Gloria, remaining calm and placid as always, insisted it was the happiest eyar of their married life so far.