The first year’s publication of the Kundiawa News came to an end with issue 24 of 4 December 1964. The pre-Christmas leave exodus of expatriates from the 'Territory' was about to begin and production of the newsletter was suspended until February 1965. The period of leave was to be my first homecoming since arriving in TPNG more than a year previously and – my parents having moved from the NSW country town of Nowra to Sydney – I was looking forward to six weeks in the big smoke and my twentieth birthday.
PERSONAL PARS WITH KEITH JACKSON
Gratitude is international. An uncle of young orphan Waim appeared at the single men’s quarters last Wednesday with a fine plump hen for Murray Bladwell and me. He spoke on behalf of his clan and thanked everyone concerned in the rehabilitation of the young boy who had approached death in Kundiawa Hospital. He said how grateful Waim’s relatives were and promised yet another hen and vegetables for a feast. True Chimbu hospitality.
Record air movements. There were more aircraft movements in and out of Kundiawa last weekend than we are likely to see for some time. Throughout the weekend there were about 100 movements, 80 of them for Brian Heagney. Six of TAL’s aircraft worked through the two days bringing cargo for Heagney’s obviously much-depleted Mauro bulk store and backloading some of the Coffee Society’s tremendous coffee stocks.