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15 January 2017


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Great yarn Max. I believe the history of Chinese involvement with PNG began hundreds of years before westerners found the place.

Also imagine their many stories would fill several books.
The one story i have watched over the years in Tropicana's boss lady M/S Lau.

I only met her once in mid-1970s and was amazed this beautiful Chinese young woman running such an efficient business and in a charming manner too. Service with a smile.

See she did her annual 'gifts for prisoners' in Gazelle last Xmas.

Thank you, thank you Max.

After all these interminable aeons reading about Simbu/Chimbu and Southern Highlands (or whatever it's called now) writers and correspondents finally a mention of something close to my heart.

Papua Besena.

Yes, as a 13-year resident of the Central Province I too knew (albeit peripherally) Eric Wright and Dame Josephine Abaijah. Before Josephine, now in her early 70s, became a Dame.

They pushed for an independent Papua as you stated realising Moresby would become swamped by folks from well north of the then geographical divide between Papua and New Guinea.

Which it has, as we all now well know.

I'd forgotten Wright had been deported by Somare, aided and abetted by Gough.

Maybe I would have re-considered participation in the Long March after Kerr dismissed the Great Man Gough --- we massed outside the Aussie High Commission in Moresby in late '75 --- had I known he'd helped remove Josephine's right-hand man, Eric Wright.

The protest went on for 48 hours causing Tiny Tom, the then Aussie High Commissioner, to send frequent missives to his masters in Canberra. I lasted for just the bare 24 hours, though!

Thanks, Max. Wonderful stories. Great to hear them. There were so many races of people involved in the gradual development of the country we now know as PNG. There are so many stories that we have not yet heard. What a rich tapestry.

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