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02 May 2015

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We cherish the present-day freedom to revisit, review and even revise. We learn of Page, Gordon, Strong and others laden at least by participation, as also Embogi, whose last was in taking initiative.

When I was ADO Baniara 1956-58, the headquarters of the Anglican Church was located at Dogura. Archbishop Phillip Strong was head of the Church in the then TPNG and later became Primate of the Church in Australia.

He regularly called into Baniara for a"cuppa" and we became quite friendly. He never forgave himself for not advising the murdered missionaries to leave, believing that the Japanese would respect their religion and allow them to continue their missionary work.

Some plantation people in New Britain also believed that the Japanese would allow them to carry on as the Australian Army occupiers in Rabaul had done with the German plantation people.

A book "Between Victor and Vanquished" by Arthur Page, who was brought up from childhood to his twenties in Japan and had all his primary and secondary schooling there and was totally fluent in Japanese, is worth reading.

As I recall he mentions his interrogation of the Japs about the murders of the missionaries but in any case the book is well worth reading. This bloke fully understood the psyche governing Japanese thinking and murderous behaviour.

Thank you John. We can learn from the past and we do not need to get self-righteous about it. If mistakes have been made, let us try and not repeat them.

Thanks for reprinting that. A very moving piece of writing by John Fowke. Especially relevant at this time.
We miss your articles, John!

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