THERE HAS BEEN SOME CHAT in PNG Attitude on Ludwig Schmidt of New Guinea. Allow me to cast some additional light on the subject.
The Schmidts were father and son, both Ludwig. The first Ludwig came in the gold rush days to Wau-Bulolo and then followed the interest created by the first flyover of the Wahgi Valley in 1932.
In 1933, a number of individuals or partnerships, all prospectors, applied for permission to enter what was then known as the Upper Purari.
As the only government presence then was the semi-permanent patrol camp established at present-day Kainantu, this was equivalent to that part of the Eastern Highlands east and south-east of the Benabena River.
Among the 33 applicants who received permission and who did enter the Upper Purari was Ludwig Smith Snr and his teenage son, known as Wiggy.