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And there's this update on ABC:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-25/history-of-png-kiaps-documented-online/7356286

That's great Michael.

It starts with a version of the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights in Tok Pisin.

It reads really well.

Get behind it everyone.

A Tok Pisin page on Wikipedia.

I found this excellent link by accident, last modified on 11 Mas 2013, at 11:04.

https://tpi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toksave_long_ol_raits_bilong_ol_manmeri_long_olgeta_hap_bilong_dispela_giraun

I have forwarded Dr Anne Ford's message via email Dr. Linus Digimrina.

Hopefully he can respond form his end.

Dr. Digimrina's email address is: kwebila@gmail.com

I note the subtle change on the menu bar today, Keith.
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Yes, Phil Fitzpatrick's latest Papua New Guinean novel, The Floating Island, is available for free download - KJ

Anne Ford - I have copied your details and will try to get a message to Dr Linus Dingimrina of the University of Papua New Guinea, Anthropology and Sociology Strand.

Also, John Kaupa Kamasua, who often reads this blog, may be a more direct contact as he lectures at UPNG.

His email address is john.kaupa@upng.ac.pg. If I've spelt Linus surname correctly then his email should be similar.

Unfortunately the UPNG server is notorious for bouncing back emails or just absorbing them into the never.

I am a researcher at the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Otago in New Zealand and I'm interested in tracking down anyone who has contacts or may have recently visited Fergusson Island in the D'Entrecasteaux.

Would you be able to pass my email address onto anyone who you think would be suitable? I'm interested in doing fieldwork in the area and would like to ask questions about village locations and facilities available.

Dr Anne Ford
Department of Anthropology & Archaeology
University of Otago, New Zealand
anne.ford@otago.ac.nz

I am wondering if anyone can shed any light on Graham Perry who managed a plantation up in New Ireland back in the 1950s/1960s?

He was/is my uncle and I am trying to find out anything I can about him for my family tree. I was advised by Bill Gammage to contact you.

That tweet map is waaaay cool, Keith!

Hello Keith and readers and subscribers to PNG Attitude.
I am hoping that someone can help me out with any old group pics of the PNG House Of Assembly from 1964 to 1970. I am specifically interested in pics containing John Stuntz who was the member for Milne Bay from 1964. John passed away in Angeles City in the Philippines in March last year and his remembrance is in the obituaries in the 'Attitude' blog. I happened to be visiting him at the time. John was my brother in law being married to Wari Numa who was Kila's, my wife's sister. After Wari passed away John remarried in the Philippines and one of his daughters (my god daughter) is visiting with us over this coming Easter. This earlier part of John's life is an unknown to her and I would like to present her with any old pics of John that anybody may happen to have. Thanks to anybody who can assist. Rgds Dave Burrowes

I was very proud to find three travel stories from 2015 by Daniel Kumbon, Tabitha Pangkatana and Hazel Kutkue in the Jan-Feb issue of Paradise Magazine.

I don't know if this has been celebrated in PNG Attitude yet.

Dear Keith, I am hoping that you may be able to confirm a rumour which is circulating here in Oz, to the effect that some sort of 75th Anniversary celebration event for the Kokoda Campaign is being planned for September 2017.

I have made enquires with the Australian High Commission both in Lae and Moresby, and have also contacted the PNG Minister for the Environment (as he is linked to the Kokoda Initiative) but so far nothing.

Have you , or your readers, heard of any such event/s?
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It sounds highly likely, but can a reader shed some light on this story - KJ

Dear Keith, I wondered if you, with your many contacts in PNG, might know how I can contact some one in Pomio, either at the Catholic Mission or in a school?

I would like to find out what happened to some of my Grade 6 students who went to Rabaul for high school. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Can any reader assist Ed contact his former Pomio students? - KJ

Fear is mortal man’s greatest enemy!

It was a lazy Thursday afternoon, 31st December, 2015. The summer heat was just easing away. I was returning from feeding Blacky, Browny, Whitey and Henny Penny, and Boskey the cat, to a waiting group of excited girls, Lungu, Kambi, Jossie and Ruth. I was going to drive them to Kings Park that evening for the New Year Fireworks.

I was waiting for my connection bus and thinking of my excited girls at the same time. A few metres from where I was three St Johns Ambulance staff were skilfully stabilizing a young lady who seemed to have fainted at the bus station, then wheeled her into the ambulance.

Everything happened so swiftly and neatly. Eventually, the young lady who was playing a leading role jumped into the driver’s seat and drove away. I finally had a sigh of relief as if the patient was me or one of my relatives or friends. I knew the patient was now in good care.

Some thoughts quickly ran through my mind as I continued to sit waiting for my bus:

Someone must have called an emergency number.

On the other hand, someone was waiting and answered the call immediately.

Help was sent to the scene.

The victim was stabilized.

The vehicle was specially built to wheel the bed out and then in with the patient strapped on it.

The young lady will be treated at some hospital somewhere soon, and she will be well again.

Then, at the end of everything, someone is going to pay for all that service and convenience.

That someone is the recipient of those services, the patient.

Almost immediately, I was reminded of the almost K10,000 I paid for medical insurance. I thought, hmm, maybe it is during times like this that I will appreciate having paid such an amount of money to some insurance company who ‘God knows what else they do with such money they collect from everybody else’.

Then I told myself, hang on, just how likely is such an incident ever going to happen? If it does happen, how many times can it happen? Will it ever happen at all? What would have happened if I used that money to do something else instead? What would have happened if such an incident really happened and I did not have an insurance cover?

Then I thought of how we do it back home, where everyone chips in and helps during emergencies as such, some even giving their last toeas at the expense of their families’ well-being. And then I also thought of how easily friends and relatives get upset when their friends and relatives do not come to their our aid in times of need such as a medical emergency or even death, ‘haus krai’.

My thought did not stop. I went on further to think of my subsistence farmer parents, their parents, and their parents parents, and how they never had to set aside some pigs, ‘kina shells’, or cassowaries, for such emergencies.

They never fainted while planting a garden, never chopped their hand off while cutting wood in the bush, or hunting. Mothers gave birth naturally. There was no need for c-sections, except on very rare occasions where such was required, costing the life of the mother or child or both.

Today, we have so much happening in the name of Health insurance, Travel insurance, Life insurance, even Pet Insurance for the likes of Blacky, Browny, Whitey, Henny Penny, and Boskey, plus all other forms of insurances.

While I appreciated what had happened before me in saving that young lady's life, I walked into my connection bus, still puzzled as to whether mankind is saving or destroying itself more out of fear of the ‘what-if’.

Fear is mortal man’s greatest enemy.

There is an article by Robert Waddell entitled Local Government Policy in PNG 1949-1973 published in the Australian Journal of Politics & History back in April 2008. The PDF is available from the Wiley online library and may provide Grant Selmes with some further information covering post war administration in PNG.

I have just noticed that the Larry Danielson album, Travelin' Music, is available on iTunes.

I can vaguely recollect my brother saying he was deported for a short while over the Streets of Mount Hagen song.

Another colleague of my brother, Steve Lewis, who worked with ANZ, had the task of repossessing Larry Danielson's vehicle.

Some other names from that bygone era I have met include:

Keith Tetley
Seth Grady
Mike Breden
David and Liz Trenerry (Ex Shell)
Vic Jacobs (SP)
Jerry Farramus (SP)
Peter Colley (SP)
Graham Dunnage
Errol Dutton
Brian Hull
Liberty Vallance
Richard and Debbie Kelly
Robert Suckling
David Everson
Jim Sinclair
Sudsy Saunders
Manbat Wayne Bruce

I managed to obtain a copy of the SP book entitled The First Thirty Years, which was written by Jim Sinclair. It features the Jumbo expedition up the Highlands Highway and I have a copy of one of the marketing brochures, which were distributed throughout the villages leading up to the event. Many children still use it to recall their birth dates as either before or after jumbo.

My nephew, William Togu, recently graduated with a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Unitech in Lae.

Happy New Year.

"Damagement". What a wonderful word - I can't wait to use it somewhere.

I have recently discovered this blog and it provides me with so many fond memories of my late brother, Ron Corden.

Ron arrived in PNG back in 1968 and worked for the PNG Investment Corporation until independence in 1975.

He then became corporate secretary for SP Brewery under Bruce Flynn and then worked for the PNG Water Board and ended up at Goroka City Council before returning to Australia.

Ron passed away in September 2005 and is buried in Tamworth NSW, where his daughter lives. His colleagues included Warren Pearson, John Tideman, Chris Ashton, Brian Gray and many of the Burns Philp and Steamships damagement.

I spent four years in Lae between 2006 -2010 with Trukai Industries, reporting to Phil Franklin.

I notice Peter Ryan passed away recently and always enjoyed his articles in The Spectator Australia and have an extremely informative Encyclopaedia of PNG, which he edited.

Despite many of its social problems PNG is such a fascinating place and many of its people are so warm and friendly. I really enjoy the blog and can remember so many of Ron's recollections, particularly involving Larry Burton Danielson. I have a vinyl copy of his infamous album, Bloody Port Moresby.

I was hoping that you might be able to connect me with the journalist Sinclaire Solomon. We shared a house together in Goroka in the late 1970’s along with journalist Tim Grimwade.

I am coming to PNG next week on business for a week for the first time since 1979 and I was trying to track down Sinclaire to see if we could catch up. Any assistance you can provide would be great.

Hello. Thank you very much for this blog which is a wonderful source of information. I just had a question. I was wondering if anyone knows if there is a definitive or well regarded history of Australia's administration in PNG from say after WW11 til Independence? Thank you very much.

Anyone have information on Charles Beckett who was a gold miner in Edie Creek, Wau and Bulolo in the 1920s, 1930s? He was reportedly also a coast watcher in WW2. He was the father of Dr. Halley Beckett who was my father. I always heard stories of Charlie Blake, Sharkeye Park, Errol Flynn and various others.

PNG Attitude is an excellent blog, I took so long finding out.

That's a hell of a list of people seeking help for one reason or another.

Maybe PNG Attitude needs a dedicated seeking help heading?

Hello Keith - My name is Barbara and I am working on a research project about an Australian family who lived in PNG, 1951 to 1978.

I would like to connect with people who have lived in either Port Moresby or Samarai and/or have been to Woodlark Island.

As your blog attracts so many readers, I was wondering if you could help me.

Thank you so much for your time. I really appreciate it. With gratitude.

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.
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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 village-coffee.com , 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.
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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.

Thanks.
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I'm pretty sure you'll be able to secure a copy from Pacific Book House at http://www.pacificbookhouse.com.au - 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.
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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

DAVE BINDING RIP

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.

http://www.tartanregister.gov.uk/tartanDetails.aspx?ref=5871

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?
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David - The email address we have is chris_warrillow(at)hotmail.com - 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.

http://mumbrella.com.au/abc-makes-first-round-cuts-80-jobs-expected-go-238241

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?
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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.

http://www.twitter-fail.com/

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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.

http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/the-science-of-how-we-talk-to-ourselves.html
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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.

http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/026036/

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?
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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?
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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.
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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.
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I'm sure readers will get this message, Glenn, although the deadline seems a bit tight. You can contact John at zaukave@optusnet.com.au - 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.
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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.
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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.
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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....
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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.

Thanks,

Harry Egimbari (hegimbari@gmail.com)
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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
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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,
plevo@spp.com.pg
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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.
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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:
http://www.ww2australia.gov.au/lastbattles/shore.html

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
brbampton55@activ8.net.au
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.
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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?
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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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