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I am writing a book on the life of Father John Glover, a Catholic priest in New Guinea in World War II.

I am writing you because I would like to locate a photo of the memorial that was erected in honour of him in the 1960s in Kainantu, Eastern Highland Province.

I lived in the highlands of New Guinea from 1985 – 2000, but never saw this memorial. Recently the Kainantu Government Council wrote me requesting additional information about the memorial.

They saw my book online and they wrote after they damaged the memorial in a construction renovation and are looking for information so it can be reconstructed.

Any help you can give me is appreciated. I have been in touch with a nephew of Father John Glover, but he has limited information and no photograph of the memorial either.

Does anybody know my late father, Keith Buxton.

I knew him well in Chimbu, Paul. I'll drop you an email - KJ

One of our readers, Rev Neil Harvey, is trying to get in touch with Darusila Arazi, originally from Rabaul and who worked with the Department of Education for many years. Can anyone assist?

The state of the coffee industry in PNG really needs looking at Pana.

I suggest you take up Keith's offer and write an article for Attitude on what you are doing.

The submission to the Senate Committee covers such projects as yours in general terms with its advice about specifically targeted provincial projects coupled with transparency and accountability.

Keith, I need to send you a powerpoint on a village coffee project I began about 18 months ago in Sydney to help village farmers earn more for their coffee.

The website is , better deal for growers. If you could, I would appreciate if this could be included as an idea for aid funding here on your Australian Senate committee presentation.

The funds are required here for marketing of our coffee which I've already began with my own little funds but requires aid to boost what has been done so far.

This will in fact help the farmer and the economy. I will send more details on what I'm trying to do without much help from our PNG government except for Governor Gary Juffa who sees this vision as the best for his people and rest of PNG coffee growers.

The Senate committee is not looking at specific projects but at developing an overall policy approach to Australian aid, so it is not the place for your proposal. If you wish to write an article about what you're doing for PNG Attitude, we'll be happy to publish it. You can email me through a link in the About section of the blog (top left) - KJ

Hullo Keith and the PNG Attitude site.

I was so moved by your small article on Brian Halesworth. I knew you both in PNG in the sixties, and Lester Goodman and family.

Brian and I were romantically involved for some time, until I 'got religion' and was steered in completely the wrong direction by this event. I have never ceased regretting it, and continue to mourn what I lost.

I say 'I' because, as you accurately state, Brian's great love was Tanya. I saw Brian several times over the years. I only wish things had been different.

I have written about the years I spent in PNG and will look and see if there is an appropriate place to enter that chapter of my life in The Crocodile.

I was delighted to read everything in your website and thanks for publishing.

John, well said.

Let us stick with what we can manage and make changes as we progress.

Hi Keith - I stumbled through your blog a few days ago and I'm really enjoying everything in here.

Regarding the post by Glenn Twomey about John Fowke's book 'Kundi Dan', I would really want to have a copy of that book if some are still left.


I'm pretty sure you'll be able to secure a copy from Pacific Book House at - KJ

Marlene has a point here, but I share the following points to support the current form. There must be a single winning entry for each of the category under the PNG Crocodile Prize.

I think several prizes lessens the significance of the first prize.

The incentive of the prize and the mentoring and feedback writers get over the course of the year should all contribute to enhancing the quality and competitiveness of entries.

I have been challenged through the feedback and responses to look at the materials I am presenting.

I also think creativity and innovation are best nurtured and supported through a one-entry win literary competition.
The other thing is that I can learn from why an award was given to a particular writer for his or her article in a certain category.

The comments and citation for the winning article become lessons and guide me. And because judging is independent and by some of the best in the business who have had many years of writing, editing and publishing.

Writing is a special journey. It must not stop for many who missed out on a prize or their work not included in the anthology. It must not only be about the prize, but the culture of writing.

Of course to get a prize is the ultimate aim of every writer but the Crocodile Prize must be about the best in PNG writing. Anything less will take us back to the days when many writers struggled to find good avenues for even publishing. (Maybe that is an overstatement).

The Crocodile Prize is not a workshop or a training avenue for writers. It is a competition, and the prize that is awarded must go to the best entry.

I am pretty comfortable and it makes sense to maintain the current form.

This to me will improve the quality of writing in the country.

These are only my perspectives as a contributor to the Crocodile Prize.

Thank you Keith for clarifying that. And once again thank you for keeping all this together.

Hi PNG Attitude. The Crocodile Writing Prize is great and the Anthology is just superb. But I have realised that so many outstanding stories are not commmended properly. K5000 for one story is a bit too much.

Why can't there be a second and third prize in each category. And also give commendation certificates for maybe another three outstanding stories in each category.

This way, so many good writers would be encouraged and they would feel some kind of achievement. My thoughts are based on what I have seen and observed.

Thanks Marlene. They are good suggestions and we certainly have given thought to a range of prizes and also to commendation certificates. It all depends on our need to, at this stage, keep the organisation simple and our workload manageable. Last year, the Prize came very close to failing. This year it has been put back on track. As the administration of the Prize strengthens - and there is still a long way to go in this respect - we can add new activities and changes in structure to improve it -KJ


I found your website while searching for my father in law who died last Sunday.

Dave was a Stockport boy who followed a dream to the other side of the world and then gave his life outside work to enriching the lives of PNG youth via his lifelong passion, football.

His PNG football CV incorporated Ela Beach, Westpac United and then national youth coach, where his teams gave Oz a bloody nose!

He was awarded the PNG Independence Medal for his contribution to football and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

With the PNG team in Glasgow it's right to be reminded that PNG has it's own tartan.

Scots wae hae!

I am looking for Chris Warrilow with whom I spent several weeks on a patrol out of Erave in January 1965.

I was a medical student at the time and he really opened my eyes to the wonders of the territory.

I have recently found some old photographs and would love to get in touch with him. Does anyone have his contact details?

David - The email address we have is chris_warrillow(at) - KJ

ABC to slash 80 staff - mostly from Radio Australia and the Asia/Pacific news desk. And the Australia Network is dead.

A sad day.

Well at least PNG Attitude is going from strength to strength.

Hi Keith - In both my PC and Mac, for 'PNG Attitude' articles, the Post and Preview buttons are mostly in-operative, yet on the 'All about PNG Attitude' page, these are operable. Any clues?

Can't explain that, Lindsay, not a problem I've encountered previously. As a work around, if you want a comment posted, email it directly to me - KJ

Good advice Keith. But a book is a considered effort, maybe involving years of work. Twitter is off-the-cuff comments often with no consideration. And my how the great have fallen.

Rupert Murdoch Verified account ‏@rupertmurdoch

777crash confirms jihadists turning to make trouble for China. Chance for US to make common cause, befriend China while Russia bullies.


Try @colvinius @1petermartin @johnquiggin @justiniannews and @tonyhwindsor and use them as an intelligent person's guide to what lies beyond in the links - KJ

In the last few weeks we have been intrigued by the Twitter phenomenon (which being an old fart hadn't caught my attention).

My first reactions are it is a combination of pub talk and the externalisation of inner voices. Maybe a new-tech combination of both?

There's everything on Twitter from the whimsical to the downright depraved and calls for violence from people who have never been hit in the face by a banana leaf.

But see it for what it is. Mostly verbal diarrhoea.

Go to a bookshop and you'll see the trash and the treasures. Treat Twitter the same way. Select who you follow carefully and you'll find yourself connected to a wonderful trove of information - KJ

I don't know about Ray Noble, but apparently Tommy Dorsey performed at a concert party for the troops in New Guinea. It's mentioned here -

"'Boredom is the Enemy': The Intellectual and Imaginative Lives of Australian Soldiers in the Great War and Beyond" By Dr Amanda Laugesen.

..and was heard by none other than Smoky Dawson

And for some light relief, here's Private Les Homsey doing the Hula as part of a ballet concert party in Port Moresby. Not quite sure what the troops thought of ballet, but Les seems to be having fun.

Arresting news about PNG on ABC Radio at 1pm today?

Here's a question. Did Ray Noble with Dorsey ever record a song about New Guinea?

Can't find one, Peter, but the tunes of the Dorsey band were certainly broadcast throughout the south-west Pacific, including by Tokyo Rose - KJ

Hi, am writing a book about my very close mate Utula Samana.

I spent 10 years as his provincial secretary and kiap and attended his funeral in Lae.

It was great to hear some great stories I can use.

I am in PNG often working for the people and especially Bougainville where I also married and children were born.

It's great to help PNG's wonderful people.

I want to make an observation on the current crisis in Ukraine.

President Putin has tested President Obama long enough to know that Obama is not a warmonger like his predecessor Bush.

For instance, Obama publicly announced that use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria would be crossing a 'red line' that would attract immediate military intervention from the US, but when the Assad regime did use chemical weapon against its own citizens, Obama failed to keep his word.

Now Russian military is occupying Crimea region in Ukraine. The tension is very high. Ukraine government has mobilized its army and has asked US and the West for help. But Obama and the West are not taking the same step late President Kennedy took back in 1963 during Cuban missile crisis by blocking Soviet ships from entering Cuba but instead talking about imposing economic sanctions on Russia, which Russia is not very busy.

China and other emerging powers are closely watching how the US and West are handling issues around the world. What appears now is that President Obama seems to be presiding over the decline of the US world hegemony.

The next power to dominate the world is China. The US dominates the world with both its eyes and ears open, but China will dominate with its eyes open but ears closed.

Keith - tell Ingrid I've sent a comment to her blog.

Good show!

Meow, meow, meow.

Is the ending I recall.

Keith - this is a Kuman nursery rhyme. They should be remembered. It should be sung.

Go-go seven mile walking down the road

I saw a pretty girl walking on the road

I have no money to pay the bus, so I walk on the road.

Go-go seven mile,

I saw pretty girl walking on the road

I have no money to pay the bus,
So I walk on the road.

Where's your money?

In my pocket.

Where's your pocket?

I forget it.

You silly pussy cat.

Would you believe it? I'm having an argument with Rose about how to pronounce 'tomato'.

She had a US English teacher, so bugger it, it's tomayto and potaytoe and Guard instead of God and all manner of other obscenities.

Let's call the whole thing off.

KJ, try to stay away from social media sites.

If one posts on too many of them, people of a nefarious bent can piece information together and cause one much grief. Any info you post is the property of the site, whose owners can then use as they see fit. (Read the fine print.) Mailing lists for example are worth big money in this day and age.

Remember, if you are on a public domain site and you are not paying, then you are the product. I worked in the computer industry (engineering) for thirty years, so I will not touch such sites with a 40 foot pole. ie. Facebook, You Tube, Twitter et al.

Maski. Em laik bilong wanwan ah? Sampela man nogut wokim "identity theft" long yu. Em orait O?

Yu lukaut long nau.

Keith, I am liking the new website look. Full marks.

Thank you editor.

My comments are summarised by statements in the 'Structure' section of this article. You just knew where to tap from a crowdy world. It's an amazing and beautiful initiative. It is like poetry.

Thank you so much.

PS: By the way does the blog name signal balance representation enough, between the two countries?

The blog name is what it is; the blog philosophy is one of cultural equivalence. I'm generally pleased with how it all works. And often pleasantly surprised - KJ

I stumbled upon this blog accidently and have been hooked since.

I suggest we could have a Facebook page so we can easily "share" and "like" the page for convenient access.

I am overwhelmed by the contributions that I had read and I'm writing a personal life story for contribution.

Thanks, Chris, I look forward to your contribution and welcome to our readership. As for a Facebook page, I am flat out keeping this blog and the associated Twitter account afloat amongst my other life obligations, so I might pass on that for the moment - KJ

Hi, I have several hundred copies of John Fowke's book, 'Kundi Dan' that I want to give away to an interested party.

I've tried Johns old email address to offer them back to him but is no longer current.

Can you please pass this message onto John or distribute to see if any of your readers are interested. Must be picked up from a Toowong office by Friday 17 May.

I'm sure readers will get this message, Glenn, although the deadline seems a bit tight. You can contact John at - KJ

Keith - can anyone fill me on Andy Anderson (or Andersen), once of the Tapini Guest House.

I knew him but my diaries are not with me at the moment.

I remember visiting him in Long Bay. He used to be the Kiap at Tapini.

Can any reader give John a steer? - KJ

I was on the 7th E Course with Gordon Shirley in 1964 and left PNG in 1981.

I returned to Bogia in 2010 for a visit and to Rabaul last year for Anzac Day.

Rabaul Teachers' College was part of Malaguna Tech and the Tech School is still operating although most of Rabaul is now deserted.

We stayed at the Rabaul Hotel (previously Ascot), one of the few buildings left in Mango Avenue.

Whilst serving in the Bulolo area in 1942, Dalkeith George Noel Chambers enlisted in the NGVR. He then transferred to the AIF and was posted to ANGAU.

He was later seconded to Z Special Unit and later to the Allied Intelligence Bureau where he was with the US forces for the landing at Cape Gloucester.

He was discharged from the Army in 1946 with the rank of Temporary Major and returned to his home city, Melbourne.

I can find little else about him other than reference to a Dalkeith George Chambers who was born about 1915 and who died in Hastings, Victoria, in 1985.

Bob, could that have been Ludi Schmidt who lived in Wau in the early '70's?

John Fowke - I spotted your mention of Ludwig Schmidt. I've often wondered what became of him, but never made any serious effort to find him.

He was the bridge builder par excellence who worked with me in building the road over Daulo Pass in 1953-54. We got on well - he had quite a philosophical bent at times.

What do you know of his subsequent life and movements - or can you give me a lead to anyone who may know.

Ludi, to be fully accurate in the pages of PNG history, is (or was?) Ludwig Schmidt Junior.

I was approached a year or three ago by a lady of the same family who works for Patrick Killoran, Banz Kofi, in his office at Kagamuga.

I was able to provide her with a photograph, and memories from my talks with late Dan Leahy of Korgua and Kuta back in around 1990.

The Leahys notably Clem and Joe, both present in Mt Hagen area today, all believe that Dan’s recollection that the Pora/Schmidt family is descended from Dal Chambers is correct.

I expect that the present-day descendants of Father Ross would also be able to confirm this – they are present in Mt Hagen today.

Dan and Mick Leahy were in close contact several times with Ludwig Schmidt as he moved thru the Hagen area and on to Wabag and Maramuni and would have known if he had left a child behind him.

I also found a reference to Dal Chambers’s war-service which I passed on to the lady mentioned above. I know nothing of his life after the war, or indeed if he survived it.

On page 146 of my book KUNDI DAN there is a photograph of a group at Mt Hagen on the old Mogei airstrip taken in 1938. Included in the group are both Dal Chambers and Mrs Chambers..

The book is available from Patrick’s café at Kagamuga and from the Christian Bookshop in town.

I'm wondering if you have any information on Dal Keith Chambers, OIC Mt Hagen 1938? We have been told he was Paul Pora's father.

Can any readers assist? - KJ

Tally ho old chap!

Holmes convulsed in terror as the spiked mask bore down upon his face. Herr Shitler laughed.

"And now my friend you will know what it it to be spiked, ja?"

But at this moment, as the spikes were about to pierce Holmes' face, the steam pipes erupted in a cascade of boiling gas.

Holmes managed to free himself from the shackles.

"Watson, you took your time!"

"Elementary dear Holmes. I had to find the right spanner."

But Herr Shitler had escaped.

"Quick Watson - grab your revolver, the hound is down there!"

Anyone want to hear more about Sherlock Holmes in PNG?

He had a third adventure, you know.

It's all about stealing artefacts and selling them to western museums. But there is a sinister side to the trade which involves skulduggery, deception and even murder!

The case is afoot.

KJ - the link to the full Dr Schram story isn't working and the comments seem to have been disabled.

Suggest you get your IT guys to do a security audit, and reset your passwords.

The matter has been taken up with Typepad - KJ

Something strange going on as I cannot access our original Albert Schram piece to post a comment. Someone or some thing is blocking me. Extraordinary on my own blog. However, this work around will suffice....

2nd Deportation of Unitech VC Albert Schram

Hello Keith, This is Harry Egimbari. I am a student from Unitech PNG). This email serves to inform you of the above if you have not been alerted yet.

Sir, it would be greatly appreciated if you run anything regarding this Vesuvian issue as we need as much publicity as we can get.

Right now the atmosphere on campus is eerily sombre on the matter mainly in the student lodges which I suspect is due largely to a lack of information.

A small group of students in response are currently using the information on PNG Attitude and other sources, print and electronic, by linking to on small but significant Facebook group pages and also printed/ xeroxed and pasted on bulletin boards and water cooler-esque places.

So Keith, please help us to help ourselves.


Harry Egimbari (

I have asked Harry to provide us with more information - and I have asked Albert to submit an update of his situation for publication, Mysterious and mysteriouser - KJ

Hear! Hear!

The students are really getting stuck into it.

More power to them.

Now we need articles from them.

Bernard - Good to see some of your students taking up the challenge and making thoughtful comments. More power to them.

Thank you Peter. PNG Attitude has come a long way.

I was doing research about PNG when I first discovered the blog, in 2010 I believe.

I salute KJ and his marvellous effort so far.

Bernard - I for one am happy to help. One idea that broadens the mind is coming to terms with older literature.

One great book I can recommend which bridges the gap is Mister Pip. Then read Great Expectations and you see where Lloyd Jones is coming from.

But I'm sure you have this covered. Anyway - all the best for you and your students.

Arthur Conan Kranz.

Peter, that will be awesome.

All these students have access to computers and the Internet. Soon they will be getting their laptops from the University, especially those who have paid their fees in full.

Written communication is just as important as verbal, non-verbal and visual communication.

On PNG Attitude we have a lot of skilful writers. My vision is for you skilful writers to mentor our young minds through your writing.

Also I want to build this culture of reading, something that most Papua New Guineans do not like doing. The more my students read, the more they understand their community, country and the world they live in.

As of this year onwards PNG Attitude will feature in all the courses I teach. So I hope all you old chalkies, scholarship writers and KJ keep us entertained.

Great idea Bernard. Maybe some contributors would be willing to 'mentor' some of your students or at least engage with them to discuss the background to stories, motivation to write, style etc. Some of us are old chalkies.

Congratulations on this innovative course criteria Bernard.

Welcome to Attitude class.

I have cleared some workload and have created time for myself to get back into blogging, something I enjoy doing.

The purpose of this email is to inform you that I have incorporated PNG Attitude into my student assessments for this academic year.

Students enrolled for the year one course CA 121 -Communication Skills are instructed to read 10 articles from the blog and write one comment on each article starting in Week 4 (this week) up to Week 14.

After commenting, the link to the article and comment will be emailed to me for analysis and marks. This assessment is worth 10%.

Names of students;

1. Rozabelle Hota
2. Joyce Bagi
3. Robert Jikavi
4. Ben Akuani
5. Kaludia Pirit
6. Nathan Gabara
7. Vero Kaupa
8. Triscilla Waikasi
9. Sedrick Mora
10. Sharlene Kendo (2 comments so far)
11. Lei Atua
12. Jerilee Diaram
13. Timothy Poroda
14. Joanna Mogerema
15. Nigel Gagau
16. Richard Ponja
17. Beatrice Yokondo
18. Lithiana Nondebia
19. Colleen Ambrose
20. Annsli Kabekabe
21. Rosemary Kaiye
22. Monica Jean George
23. William Gende
24. Josiah Pup
25. Neil Yamalu
26. Desmond Kuluwah
27. Sam Nevegapa
28. Jocabeth Yuasi
29. Arthur Igag
30. Jerome Aiake
31. Fidelis Lai
32. Kialo Kui
33. Talsha Bannick (1 comment so far)

Thus, more traffic coming your way.

I have responded to Bernard and his students: "I look forward to reading and sharing your students’ ideas and opinions – and also to lightly editing their work when required! I also wish you and them luck in this important course. Communication skills are the bedrock of all good human relationships." - KJ

I believe KJ's vision is that PNG Attitude should be an all-round magazine of PNG/Australian interests, encompassing news, current affairs, the arts, opinion, sport and entertainment and accessible to people of all ages.

As such we should pray that age cannot wither her nor custom stale her infinite variety.

And we should welcome robust debate, art and humorous diversions and strange oddities, and not take aim at each other.

I'm looking for Chris Andrews (full name, Christopher Robin Andrews) who was a member of the Papua New Guinea Constabulary, probably as early as the late 1950s.

My brother Alan and I were childhood friends of Chris in Singapore in 1941 when the Japanese invaded.

Chris was probably born around 1936, either in Singapore, Palestine, or the UK.

His father was an officer in the British Army and was killed just before Singapore fell in 1942.

My family lost track of Chris in the 1950s and would like to re-establish contact if Chris is still alive.

Can you help me? Can you give me some advice of where to go next?

If any reader can assist, simply leave a comment on the site - KJ

Proud to be part of this dynamic team. Thumbs up Keith for establishing PNG Attitude.

I believe in the next 5 years PNG Attitude readers and contributors will be doubled.

Keep up the tireless efforts Keith.

Keith, congratulations on creating and maintaining a successful website fully dedicated to Australia-PNG relationship since 2006.

I for one am truly blessed to be one of the contributors of articles for PNG Attitude.

Thus, I will continue to contribute articles as and when we have time.

Congratulations Keith Jackson. A shining light in the blogosphere.

A nice balance between commentary on contemporary issues, preservation of vital historical figures and events, as well as a liberal dose of cultural and artistic pursuits.

Keep up the great work.

Hey Keith - Are we going to have a PNG Christmas story competition again this year?

If so I'll start rattling the keyboard.

Not a competition but readers' PNG-Pacific Christmas stories are most welcome and will be published. Send them to me at the email address shown in 'About', top right under my pic - KJ

I am asking for your help as I am not versed regarding the companies associated with the LNG project at Tari near Mendi in the Southern Highlands of PNG.

I'm aware of Exxon Mobil being the main company but the smaller companies doing the road construction are unknown to me. One coming to mind is CHL.

You also mentioned the drilling manager Jim McDermott. Would there be an e-mail address that I could contact him on? Thank you.

Hertz rent-a-car at Kokopo is good.

I am going on the Queen Mary 2 on a trip, mainly because it is going to Rabaul for one day.

Do you know a car hire company there from which we could hire a car or a car and driver. I am worried that we may book one and they don’t turn up.


Can any reader assist Pat with his query? - KJ

Sorry about the word-wrap f*** up.

Bloody Microsoft.

Keith - Maybe my last comment should go into the "PNG Filmography" category.

I have more to say about "The Straits". And I welcome other opinions.

Sheesh, I wish it was that easy this category thing..... Bloody Typepad - KJ

"The Straits". On ABC.

ABC cements their reputation as probably the only serious Aussie purvervors of truly indigenous stories. Remote Area Nurse by
SBS is the only serious exception that equals this (and exceeded it in my mind due to the music by David Bridie).

Except that The Straits did not do any actual filming on PNG soil.

A bloody violent, brilliant and disturbing story. A FNQ/Torres/PNG equivalent to Underbelly.

Beautifully filmed, dramatically acted with the great Brian Cox of RSC reputation (but with a rather strange accent - rather
like Sean Connery combined with Nelson Mandela - I saw Brian once live in Blighty when he was talking proper), plus many
equally good local actors.

Remember Brian was Hannibal Lector in the original film. At least as good as Anthony Hopkins.

It's the story of gun running and drug-dealing gangs working between PNG and far north Queensland.

I have some second-hand-knowledge of this and don't doubt the the basic premise is true (maybe this evidence is more fit
for another time and place).

But of course it's a fictional and dramatic film story.

The UK accents are a bit sus. The drama is a bit jumpy. And the muted sex scenes are quite out of place.

But the Tok Pisin and Torres Pisin is pretty authentic - according to the boss meri (but a bit southern).

Aaron Fa'aoso is brilliant.

But the drama of the Island way of life; the Australian connection, and the PNG raskol grenades dropped into things make
amazing viewing.

Altogether great and compelling viewing, though admittedly flawed.

I give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

So far.

I read PNG Attitude daily sometimes twice a day and really enjoy it. It is better than any PNG newspaper in keeping us up to date. Just one comment. Is it possible to increase the Recent Comments from 10 to 15. I note that some days you must receive more than 10 comments and if I only look at it once a day I miss out on some. Just a suggestion.

Thanks George. Unfortunately Typepad restricts us to the most recent 10. I’ve taken up the matter with them, because it is an important feature to our readers, but to no avail. The only alternative I can suggest is to click through on the Comments button at the end of each article.

Subject: looking for a lost resident

Gentlemen of the jury - By virtue of your underbelly tentacles, could you be able to help me locate one Mr George Patterson, ex Comworks, a Lae resident of the early 1960s.

I would appreciate you putting out feelers among your circle of Lae oldies, kiaps, miners, cooks, crooks and underbelly standovers.

Many thanks

Patrick 'Big Pat' Levo
Editor - Special Projects, Post-Courier,

If you are able to assist Big Pat, respond directly to his email address - KJ

Hi Keith - I am emailing you to thank you for PNG Attitude (and various incarnations) over the years.

I have always retained a strong interest in PNG from my time there both in private enterprise (BNG Trading Co, Burns Philp (AKA Bloody Pirates!) & DIES as the Technical Officer for Film Projection & Broadcasting.

My period in PNG was very influential in forming my attitude to race relations & I have always been very grateful to those Papuan New Guineans who recognised that I was not one of those who loved reading "Black &
White"! (I kept a few copies to educate my grand daughters!)

PNG is certainly in a state of political flux at this time but the various blogs & in particular Liam Fox on Twitter keep us up to date.

I still have that copy of the Post Courier with all of the signatures of those present in the DIES Projection Theatre the day self government was proclaimed.

If it still has any historical value to PNG I would like to send it to an recognised person in the equivalent of our National Archives in PNG.

Needless to say I am definitely not looking to attach a monetary value to the signed Post Courier, but if is of any historical value I would like to make sure it goes to the appropriate person or agency in PNG that will
treat it as a historical artefact.

Once again thanks for PNG Attitude over the years.

Can one of our readers advise Allan on the best repository in PNG for his historic document - KJ

Anyone read 'The Long Green Shore' by John Hepworth? It's about the Aitape-Wewak campaign of WW2.

I can't find a copy in my local library and am sadly ignorant of this great book.

"From the last Christmas of the Second World War, until that war ended … the Sixth Australian Infantry Division fought an obscure but at times bitter and bloody campaign along the savage north coast of New Guinea."

Said to be one of the greatest war novels ever:

I received this from a friend in POM and just hope some publicity is given to this trajic unnecessary incident. It is manslaughter, pure and simple.

Post by Albert Tagua....

A good friend and brother of mine Lt Col Steven Dom, the Commanding Officer of 2RPIR, Moem Barracks lost his 10 year old son Kua Dom yesterday 03/01/12.

The mother brought the son into to PIH around 9 30 am yesterday after the child complaint of severe stomach ache.

The father was on Duty to his country in Wewak, PIH refused to accept the little money she had as a deposit for at least some treatment while the father gave some assurance from Wewak to settle the balance.

There NO CASH NO TREATMENT policy left a sick crying child at their emergency room with no attention paid to.

The father desperately tried to remit some money into his wife account, due to the long weekend and long cue at the banks, the transaction went through after lunch. By then the child was coughing blood which was ignored by the staff of PIH.

The child was rushed to Pom Gen Hospital and died shortly there yesterday afternoon. He should have been starting Grade 4 this year.

My brother call me from Wewak and ask if I could assist his grieving young family. When I entered the Pom Gen Emergency Ward to pick young Kua, the condition there was shocking.

Doesn’t reflect a county like PNG with a strong growing Economy.

Let us forget about the current political impasse, they are fighting for their VXs and luxurious lifestyle at our expense yet our people will continue to suffer like the Doms.

I suggest this email be widely circulated so people can stop going to PIH for treatment and hopefully a politician can do something about PIH. I believe there has been several death at PIH under similar scenario.

Hell - I just bought a dozen oysters home and Rose gobbled them all down in one go - first time she's ever tried them.

Hopefully I'm in for a good Christmas eve!

KJ - Not sure the Kone Tigers are even still in existence [see below]. Maybe one of our blog writers can help Mr Bampton:

--- My uncle Edgar Walter Bampton - who is a Life Member of the Kone Football Club having played over 200 games in the 50-60s - is about to turn 80 on 1 January 2012.

I would dearly love to get in touch with someone from the club to arrange something special for him. Can you help? Kind regards, Brian

Brian Bampton
Mobile: 0417 747 274
Phone: 04 1774 7274

Well, the Australian Labor Party has just allowed a conscience vote on gay marriage.

This, if passed by parliament, means that people of the same sex can get officially and legally married in Australia, with the same status as males and females getting married.

Adam and Steve = Adam and Eve.

In PNG homosexuality is still illegal, let alone gay marriage.

So at the risk of bringing down the wrath of Hades upon me - I pose this question.

What do PNG preople think about gay marriage?

(I will now retire into my nuclear-proof bunker.)

Keith - The Typepad search function has a few problems (I think it's called Rollyo).

It often turns up no results with the error message: "Sorry, we encountered a temporary error processing your search."

But if you try the same search later it returns correct results, but only for a limited number of hits.

It's free - they don't care. Google's better - KJ

In the Post-Courier, Thursday 29/9/2011, there is a report titled ‘Flood victims ignored’, referring to a present flooding event in the mid-to-lower reaches of the rivers, Mamba, Eia and Gira, in Northern (Oro) Province.

There, local leaders are calling for effective responsiveness from PNG public officials who are or ought to be tasked with public welfare in such disasters, particularly following ‘lessons learned’ from the flooding events of November 2007.

Now approaching four years on from that November, and subsequent Australian Government (AG) response of funding for new public road bridges (maybe at Eroro, Girua, Ambogo and Kumusi rivers), two questions might be asked.

A first is “what is the present state of those AG funded works for new road bridges?”

And a second is “what is the progress or intention of the PNG Government for new bridges to replace the other bridges and culverts that were destroyed in November 2007?”

Keith - any update on Sadam's eye operation?

Phil Fitzpatrick reports that Lydia Kailap is holding the donated money until Sadam gets to Moresby to pick it up. Lydia will also look after Sadam while he is in town.

Joe Gurina, the Post-Courier photo-journalist who wrote the original story, will also be there to take photographs and write a follow-up article - KJ


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Please allow me space to air my views on the long forgotten issue of the William Nanua Kapris robberies.

Where is justice in PNG?

Where does justice stand in the William Nanua Kapris robberies that became a controversial issue some years back?

Up till now, I am still wondering why legal action was not taken against those ‘big shots’ who aided the robbery.

Take heed, these robberies wouldn’t have been successful at all without the aid of [names omitted for legal reasons], the Asian businessman and some high ranked police officer.

So why let William Kapris shoulder the burden alone and let those politicians run free.

It is also disappointing to learn that the government at the time when the names were released did nothing to make these people pay for their million dollar crime.

Media reports on this issue were halted immediately after the names were released and there were no more reports outlining the penalties to be laid against these politicians.

What then is the difference between state punishment for robberies and theft by ordinary citizens and those of ministers?

This also poses a question about the justice system in PNG, its impartiality and the integrity of those upholding it.

Is something being done about these issue? Or, can something be done about this issue? We the citizens of this nation would like these people face the full force of the law.

My sister Marianna Harris has a radio program on a community radio station in Tenterfield for a couple of hours every Saturday, starting
at noon, where she reads PNG stories.

The station has just started streaming on the Internet. You can find it at, noon to 2pm on Saturdays.

You might have to download a tool to listen, but it only takes two seconds to do so.

I have been listening today to the story of 'Nuns Who Wore Soldiers Trousers', about a group of nuns and priests who escaped from Japanese capture in the Second World War. Very interesting.

Thought readers might like to look it up.

Hi Keith - In today's The National is an article about AusAID delivery of health kits to aid posts and health centres throughout PNG.

Among the readership of PNG Attitude there may be some who can assist with verification at least by furnishing a list of all venues of that so-vital delivery. The article is as follows:

AusAID moves kits to centres to hels

THE task of delivering health kits to almost 3,000 aid posts and health centres in PNG is in full swing, Colin Wiltshire of AusAID says.

He said between July 6 and Aug 12 this year, 2,544 health kits were delivered to 285 aid posts and 193 health centres in the country.

That amounts to 13% of all aid posts and 26% of all health centres.
“Distribution is almost complete in the Eastern Highlands, Western Highlands and Chimbu, with only the most remote districts yet to be reached,” he said. 

“The kits for Northern and Milne Bay are packed into containers in Port Moresby and ready to be shipped.
“The kits for Momase and New Guinea Islands are also ready to go.

“The kits have been delivered to all NCD aid posts and centres, Gulf is at the half way point and Central will be completed soon.”

Wiltshire said vehicles assisting in transporting the kits also got bogged down “bearing testament to the difficulty of distributing medical supplies in remote areas.”

He accompanied the delivery team to Central and said despite the condition of the roads and the remoteness of aid posts deliveries were proceeding well.

“There was one aid post in Abau district we simply could not get to. 

“A number of vehicles tried but failed because of the condition of the road and heavy rain.

“The health kits were delivered the following day,” Wiltshire said.

The head nurse at the Moreguina Health Centre, Central, which services between 12,000 and 15,000, said a baby was born the previous day and she had noticed they had run low on drugs to support mothers and newborn.

So the delivery was a blessing,
“AusAID made a delivery to Manabo aid post where basic drugs were in short supply.

“The community health worker said he had not received medical supplies since last year and was relieved with the delivery of the drugs.”

The estimated completion dates for the delivery of kits to the Highlands region is early next month, while for the Southern region, Central and Gulf it is at the end of this month.

Milne Bay, Northern and Western will be next month.
Estimated completion dates for the Momase region is by early September, with West Sepik and the New Guinea Islands region are expected to be completed by the end of next month.

This note makes no suggestion of doubt, but rather intends a more informed public awareness.

Excuse my ignorance of how PNG Attitude operates. I would like to post and subscribe to the site. How can I do that? Thank you for your assistance.

I've emailed the instruction manual to Basil - KJ

I think the article referred to by Lindsay was in the Post Courier, not The National. It refers to the ongoing dispute between some trustees of the National Museum and the National Executive Council appointee as Director, Meck Kuk.

Plus the chronic lack of funding which means they haven't paid water or electricity bills for some time and are about to have their services turned off.

Sadly the JK McCarthy Museum in Goroka has closed already for non-payment of bills.

Here it is -


National museum may close doors


The National Museum and Art Gallery in Port Moresby will soon close its doors, placing at risk priceless artefacts from PNG it keeps, Director Meck Kuk said yesterday.

The sad situation with the National Museum and Art Gallery, located at Waigani has come about after the Board of Trustees disputed the appointment of Mr Kuk by the National Executive Council in May and took control of the museum’s bank accounts.

Mr Kuk said the money problem has already shut down the JK McCarthy Museum in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province while the electricity and water supplies to the national museum are expected to be cut soon. All auxiliary workers have not been paid for the last two months.

“When the power goes, the air conditioning goes as well. Some of the artefacts we have must be kept under certain temperature and if the air conditioning goes off, we will lose all these priceless artefacts,” a frustrated Mr Kuk said.

“The board has interfered into the administration of the museum and art gallery, it has come down low to interfere in the management.”

President of the board, Julius Violaris is overseas and could not be reached for comment yesterday but in a July 5 letter he had sent to Bank South Pacific’s Aho Baliki, general manager Paramount Banking, Mr Violaris stated that the trustees of the museum “believe” they have the power under the National Museum and Art Gallery Act 1992 to manage and control of the affairs of the museum.

In that letter, he said the trustees have directed that all the museum’s bank accounts be operated in accordance with directions and policies as set by the trustees. Mr Violaris said the trustees have directed that the changes to signatories to the museum’s account with Mr Peter Loko (CEO of Telikom PNG) and Mr Andrew Abel, a trustee.

“Please note that no withdrawal should be allowed or payments made on cheques until and unless Mr Loko or Mr Abel has signed the relevant form or the cheque,” Mr Violaris wrote.

In another letter to Mr Kuk on July 20, Mr Violaris explained the reasons why the trustees took control of the accounts and affairs of the museum and art gallery.

In that letter Mr Violaris accused Mr Kuk of not cooperating with the board and carrying out the policies and directives it set down, placing the museum and its collections in jeopardy. In that letter, Mr Violaris also asked Mr Kuk to furnish all outstanding accounts to Mr Peter Loko.

Both the former Minister for Culture and Tourism, Guma Wau and Mr Kuk wrote to the BSP, informing the bank of the serious impact on the operation of the museum and urged it to allow the museum to access funds but the accounts are still not accessed by the administration.

“The decision by the bank is illegal; there is no court order in place to stop the administration from accessing the funds to operate.

“The action by the Board of Trustees is unprecedented; you do not have boards taking over the running of the accounts and management of State-run organisations.

“This is a first,” Mr Kuk said.

Hi Keith - Are you picking up on the news item in today's The National titled "National Museum may close doors"? Cheers.

Thanks, Lindsay. Is any reader in a position to comment or provide more information? - KJ

Has the August issue of PNG Attitude been published yet? If so I seem to have missed my copy.

Steve now has his copy. The September issue will be published at the end of next week - KJ

Every organisation needs a Code of Ethics, I guess, so long as it does not eventuate into an admistration manual.

Polye in pole position to be PM - The National

This headline in the PNG news today reminded me, for some reason, of when I took a closer look at the bamboo flagpole outside the haus kiap at Ogaranang, in the then Morobe District.

We were at the time building the airstrip.

I discovered that the local school children had scratched on the base of the bamboo the words 'Mr Pol'.

I got your email through your website while I was trying to research the history of Malabunga village and Malabunga High School.

I went through your History category hoping to find some information about how my last name has any ties with PNG.

Any information or links that you can provide about the history of the village or high school would be greatly appreciated.

If you have information could you contact Bobby on - KJ

I am looking forward to reading "The Century Voyager". Keep writing Leonard.

Thanks Keith..This PNG Attitude is very interesting and a good paper.

Hi Keith - I have just found out about Frank Alcorta's book published in 2010. Cannot believe it has taken him 37 years to have it published.

He was teaching at Aitape High School & the last I saw of him was when the school year finished in 1973 he went on the expedition & when finished went on to Brisbane & then took on a teaching job in Darwin.I had no idea if he finished the trek or perished on the way.

It was lucky that his diary of the expedition survived when their home was destroyed by the Cyclone Tracy Christmas Eve.

Astounding really what he has accomplished with out any fan fare. An amazing guy.

"A Trip To The Stone Age"

A fascinating account of an arduous expedition by Frank Alcorta, across Papua New Guinea in 1973/74 at its widest part along the border with Indonesian Papua, then Irian Jaya.

This was the first solo expedition across Papua New Guinea. He was motivated by the sheer magnitude of the challenge.

Only once before had the entire country been crossed, in 1928 by two Australians, Charles Karius, Assistant Resident Magistrate, and his companion Ivan Champion.

Never had the country been crossed by a single explorer. Never from north to south, coast to coast and this without government or private support of any kind.

The world has moved on, and there will probably never be another opportunity like this to traverse wild untouched.

I, as a Bougainvillean with a dream to be an author, salute PNG Attitude and Phil. To tell you the truth, PNG Attitude is friendly and responsive to me.

I have struggled since 2009 to find people to help me publish .. but I'd hit brick walls. I contacted big name PNG writers, but they never gave me answers; just ignored me.

With that sort of attitude, why are PNGeans not willing to help a PNGean. Sorry, we will never get anywhere.
What do you think?

Can established PNG writers tell us, what is wrong, so they can help the younger writers who are still fighting to get out there?

Leonard's short story, 'The Centenary Voyage' , will be published in PNG Attitude tomorrow morning - KJ

Hi there - I hope you don't mind me contacting you. I’m writing from Dragonfly TV in London, UK, where we produce award winning TV documentaries that are shown throughout the world.

We’re currently making an exciting new TV series called Guess the Relative (working title). In it, people from around the world with get the chance to travel to Britain to discover living distant British relatives, who they never even knew existed.

We’re currently looking for people who think they may have a distant ancestor from the UK. Their ancestor might be several generations back and come from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland - but if they have any link to the UK whatsoever, we want to hear about it.

We are very interested in speaking to indigenous people from any country who believe they may have a UK link.

In addition, we are also looking to hear from anyone who has an interesting or unusual job, hobby, vocation, background, culture or religion.

If you know of anyone, anywhere in the world, who you feel may be interested in taking part then please do forward the information.

To apply to take part go to

Thanks so much and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Many thanks and kind regards,

Cher Adamson
Assistant Producer
Dragonfly Film and Television Productions Ltd

Contact the Sacred Heart Mission in Boroko at If they can't help try their Oz office at

I am again, and still trying, to find out how to get in contact with the Budoya Mission Station on Fergusson Island

My daughter was born there in 1975 and I plan on returning and wish to get in contact with the people there now.

I am in Hawaii and can be contacted at yachtlove@hotmail,com

I thought I would make a few general comments about some of the commentary and contributors in your April ‘PNG Attitude’ magazine.

Martin Namarong hopefully will become a regular contributor to this magazine; his comments were very insightful, particularly in regards to education and mental health. My Simbu wife of forty years was also impressed with his article.

I wish Trevor Freestone all the best with is attempted communication with the current Australian Prime Minister. She is not noted for her interest in foreign affairs- but keep punching away Trevor.

To the independent battlers Lydia Kailap and Father John Glynn, may your good work in the social justice area continue. Hopefully, you will both get additional support from somewhere up there in Port Moresby to enhance your work.


Gordon Shirley was a member of the 7th E Course and taught in PNG from 1964-74. he also worked for AusAID in 2004-05

I am a blogger with an attitude! Yes, I am a blogger from PNG with an attitude – the PNG Attitude.

And what’s the PNG Attitude, you say? That depends? Are you for, against or somewhere in the middle viewpoint?

Does it really matter? Maybe, maybe not?

What's important for me is that PNG Attitude is one of the more positive blogs I have being invited to contribute to in a friendly atmosphere.

The forum provides people with varied backgrounds to share and exchange good ideas.

Mostly, readers come up with possible future solutions to PNG's development challenges.

The long-term benefits of having a continuing dialogue between our two countries are many, but importantly it will greatly improve the ongoing relations between PNG and Australia in future.

Congratulations to the intrepid blog master, KJ, for his foresight and vision in creating this fine forum: PNG Attitude.

Bravo Zulu and keep up the good work, Keith Jackson!

I recently spent New Year in my wife's village at Kotopan on Buka Island. My father-in-law (Jacob Holin) worked as house boy for a Mr Slattery who was a government officer (kiap?) in Buka in either the late 40's or early 50's.

Mr Slattery taught him to play guitar and accordion and these skills were later brought back to the village.

Is anyone aware if this Mr Slattery still alive and is there a record of government officers available where his family could trace him or his descendants?

In 1978 I stayed on Karlai Plantation for over two months when it produced copra and cocoa. Does anyone know who overseas Karlai now?

I read that two of the Parers (Cyril and Bernard?) had Karlai after the war until retiring in the 1970's.

I arrived there on the copra boat, Yampy Lass 2, and left by Beechcraft Baron from Tol. There used to be a small wartime aircraft wreck on the plantation .. is that still there?

One of Australian government's WW2 military books has story, maps and photos of the action at Karlai and surrounding area. Unfortunately, the Google Earth photo of this area is very poor.

Henry Reid Bay is named after Henry Reid, a Yorkshireman of Launceston, Tasmania who financed a mission ship which reached Wide Bay.

Good on you Raphael!
Glad you have become part of the PNG Attitude Family!
I'm sure we would all love to hear what you have to say.

I subscribed just this year after Barbara Short introduced me through the Ex Keravat Alumni email connections to the PNG Attitude - and I love the concept. The discussions and ideas tossed arround bring about and build the family environment and it makes me feel like I am being heard-not that I have contributed much. Do not be mistaken, I am not asking the reader to be cynical or be seing me as a wallowing child needing tender-loving-care but on the contrary, every human person needs to be heard. I also believe changes comes about when issues are talked about. Thank you Keith and I am looking forward to submitting my story for the Crocodile Prize.

News of Fred Hargesheimer's passing is on the following link -

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