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16 September 2016

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Thank you Roseanne for the invite. It's good to know friends of PNG are everywhere in Australia.

I sent you the following text message willing to come and meet you but you may not have seen it. Here it is:

'Roseanne thank you for the surprise invite. I will come but my wife will not. Both of us are down with the flu. But I will come and meet the person with a surname like O'Rourke. Daniel Kumbon'.

Please email your address so I can send you a copy of one of my books I intended to give you last night.

My email address is kondowaon@gmail.com

Thank you, Barbara and Rob. I'd figured that Snow had gone to the great scout hall cum sawmill in that other space and I'm glad, but sad also to learn how he went - with that cheeky smile of his, I hope.

Daniel if you are in Cairns tonight we would love for you and your wife to join us in joining our funrtion tonight. My number is 0412 949 631

Iam a PNG Attitude Reader

I see that Barbara Short has replied that Snow O'Shannessy has passed away.That is correct but not sure when. Snow was the Pangu Whip & really the rough & tumble of politics was just too much for a calm kind Guy like him. I was told he had a break down & went to the SVD ex-Seminary at Marburg Qld for rehabilitation & passed away there some years later.His real forte was the Boy Scouts as he started them & had Troops all over the Sepik District.I went to his wedding to Francis at Tarwai on the Sepik River.He & Jim Fitzgerald had a sawmill there at Tarwai & they financed a Primary School there.

If you read Michael Somare's book 'Sana' you'll notice that Betha was originally known as 'Bertha' - poor girl.

My niece, Natalie was in the same class at school as Betha Somare.

I can remember a PNG Independence Day commemorative T-shirt arriving by air mail in the UK from my brother Ron, who was working for the PNG Investment Corporation.
I was 20 years old at the time and knew very little about PNG but all my friends were impressed by the flag.

Snow O'Shannessy has passed on. His family have enjoyed this photo.

I almost forgot it was PNG's 41st Independence today until an alert Papua New Guinean young man said 'Hi Uncle' on the street and wished me happy independence this morning.

I had slept a dreamless night after a very long coach ride from Brisbane to Cairns - 32 hours - I forgot about our country's important day.

Thanks Bob Lawrence and all you good folks in Sydney for raising that glass of wine to PNG's 41st Independence Day during the 'PNG Lunch' at the Gallipoli Club on Monday 12th September.

Heart warming to have met many friends of PNG in Australia

I am raising one glass on my own in a motel room here in Cairns. Julie my wife is still sleeping after that long trip - 2,200 kilometers of it.

The only other long trip she ever under-took was to a CAF Woman's convention to Ramu Sugar down the Highlands Highway which was of course 'peanuts'.

Proud to be a Papua New Guinean.

Not to be outdone, the proud PNG residents of Newcastle (temporary and permanent) met at Jesmond Park for an independence day BBQ and party last weekend.

You may not realise this, but there are over 100 PNG students and residents in the Hunter area.

And best thanks to Leah and Wally.

Wailo, pangra wa!

Does anyone know what became of Snow O'Shannessy (standing to Michael Tom's right)?

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