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Hi. I want to add to Rick Nehmy's comments about the demise of Des Murphy (acting DC in Kerema).

I arrived in Kerema in February 1975 to teach at Kerema High School. The principal Ian Cluney told me that Des was killed by his houseboy at his party the evening before he was about to go-finish.

The houseboy was apparently very resentful that, after many years of faithful service to Des, he was going to be left in the lurch, with no financial reward.

So, as Des put his head in the fridge to bring out food for the party, he was hit over the head with a bottle by his houseboy.

However, the houseboy was unaware that Des had been putting away money for him for a number of years which he was was about to present to him that evening.

Hi Keith - Peter Turner has sent the following advice (below). Could the following therefore be added to the Attacks on Patrols list?

'1951 Patrol Officer Lyn Clarke injured by an arrow during an attack on his patrol into Purari's Hatha Gorge, Gulf District.'
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The RPNGC Police Legacy Website now has a historical section and in one of the old Newsletters from 1966, I saw mention that Parol Offficer Lyn Clarke's patrol was attacked in in the Purari's Hatha Gorge, Gulf District, in 1951 and he was wounded by an arrow.

Kind Regards,

Peter Turner.
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Former Kiap Peter Turner has recently been made Member of the Order of the Logohu for his work with RPNGC Legacy. (There was a very good write up of him in the latest 'Police Down Under' June issue.)

The award was presented by the Governor General Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio who is Honorary Commandant of the RPNGC. Peter also has the Queen's Jubilee Medal and the POSM with TPNG clasp.

Peter is the Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer of RPNGC Legacy and that organisation supports and assists families of deceased members of the Constabulary.

Peter has a Masters Degree in Justice and Law from the Queensland University of Technology.

The International Police Association along with many others has congratulated Peter on his award and his dedication to the people of Papua New Guinea.

For Frank & Ruth Carter, re: Chris Vass.

Hi, I'm Dave Vass. Chris is my dad. He is living on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland having recently retired.

My email is davidccvass@gmail.com if you want to get in touch with Dad.

Hi Keith, I'm searching for a kiap who served in the Simbu province after the world war. J Costello, his name.

I would hold in high regard any information concerning his history particularly about his origin, when, how and why he came to PNG and the route through which he travelled to get to Simbu.

I would highly appreciate your information. Please send to my email: emmanuelcostello02@gmail.com

Phil - Sorry, mate, only just saw your post. It's jetalett@tpg.com.au

Frank and Ruth - re Chris Vass, I have a very vague idea that he is in a judicial role in the Solomon Islands.

Ron - if you haven't had any luck yet, contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They hold all our old personnel files.

Hi, for anyone wanting to know the whereabouts of a Frenchman name Jean Huon DeNavrancourt, who served with Health in New Guinea (patching up locals and servicemen alike with arrow wounds etc).

He is buried in Atherton FNQ Australia, leaving behind his New Guinea (Madang) wife Helen, and four children - they are all on FaceBook if you would like to find them.

Carmen Huon-DeNavrancourt is there as his daughter. This is for people in New Guinea to know, as well as friends and acquaintances.

Ron,

you should look at the exkiap.net site for more info. Failing, ask Keith to send me your e mail and I'll advise further.

Cheers,

Paul

I served in Central District as a patrol officer from 1970-1973. I would appreciate if you can advise me where I may obtain proof of my service?

I would also be pleased to hear from any former kiaps who knew me. I was patrolling Central District during 1970-1973, from Ela Beach Subdistrict Office.

Hi - we are looking for Chris Vass who was a PO in Porgera during the years we lived there,1962 to 1964. We would love to talk to him again after the help he was to us and the friendship we had in Porgera during that time. Understand that after PNG, he was deeply involved in the justice system in Australia/Solomon Islands with great results.

My name is Lemson Mabiria and I am from Komo (Hides Gas Field) in Hela Province (used to be Southern Highlands).

I would kindly ask some information from any former Kiaps from PNG who know the history of the first Komo patrol post.

Such as who was the first Kiap there. When was the first local government council established. And so on. Any history you can provide about those early days.

Please email me at lemson.mabiria@gmail.com

Thank you very much for your help.

Looking for information on maxwell mervyn Leonard pember and his wife ann Beverley pember who were in Papua New Guinea early 1950s my father was a patrol officer. And we lived on Sohano island. And had many happy years there with my sisters Karen and Vicki pember

Wonder if anyone knows if Jack Cahill, a patrol officer in New Britain around 1951, is still alive. He was from the Albury Wodonga area.

I would like to get in touch. He would be in his late 80s or early 90s.

Trevor's brother Kym runs a hotel in Vanimo.

Re the entry copied below: we have been put in touch with Trevor at last, thank you, and the entry can now be removed to prevent others having to respond. Many thanks - we were missing him.
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We are trying to trace Trevor Downs, I think ADC in Port Moresby in 1968.

When my wife Puka and I got married in that year her mother was not able to leave the family in Paramana, Aroma, to come to POM to sign appropriate papers and Trevor stood in for her, thus becoming my mother-in-law!

If anyone can help, please email us on anguka@internode.on.net.

Posted by: Angus Henry | 11 December 2012 at 05:37 PM
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That's been done, Angus - KJ

Hi Ronald. Check out the progress so far on the exkiap site.

I served a Kiap from 1971-1973 in Moresby and Rabaul. Has there been any progress in the recognition of POs?

Hello olgeta, I am looking for information on a kiap named J Costello who served in Kundiawa (at the time in the Eastern Highlands) after WW2 between 1946 and 1950.

He is said to have married a women from the Dinga tribe in Sinasina and had children.

There are some very interesting stories on this person remembered by my fathers who called him Holtoru.

I will be publishing a story on this blog shortly.

Working for Masta Braun Heagney in Kerowagi was another Aussie called Barnes.

It is not known how he came on the scene but we believe he was also a Kiap.

Barnes got married to a local girl also from Minj (Braun’s house girl) named Kopenamb. They had 3 kids, a boy-girl twin, and another boy.

The story is that Barnes took the 3 toddlers and took them South in 1969 for reasons unbeknown to anyone, not even Kopenamb. The twins were only about 3 or 4 years old when they fled.

The tell-tale to this day is that Kopenamb had misbehaved and always went out gambling (playing cards); and it became so frequent that Barnes couldn’t cope with her anymore, so he had to make a quiet exit with the toddlers in tow.

One fateful morning in 1969, when Kopenamb was out on her usual round playing cards, Barnes and the kids drove to Kundiawa, got on a plane for Port Moresby and continued their onward journey to Australia.

Where in Australia he’d taken them remains a mystery. This is the PNG version of the story.

I heard that there was a big reunion in 2008 when, through an ABC TV program, the twins, now grown adults, traced their origin back to Minj and went to Tsigmil village where the frail Kopenamb was still living, praying and hoping that she’d one day reunite with her kids.

After 41 years the kids that she’d never had the privilege of seeing grow up had returned, now mature adults.

The Post Courier caught up with them and wrote a front-page feature story on the moving reunion and printed pictures of Kopenamb embraced by her son and daughter – both featuring identical resemblances of their mother’s face.

As I was writing this story, ex-Kiap Dick Olive, who had served in Minj and Kerowagi around about that time, referred me to the ABC TV’s Can We Help? program.

There I found a more detailed story on the reunion, which is featured in: Lost and Found Episode 22.

With the help of ABC TV, Robyn Barnes and her twin brother Steven Barnes came to Minj and went all the way to Tsigmil village to meet their mother after 41 years.

Coincidently Dick knows Steven Barnes very well because Dick’s wife and Steven Barnes are working in the same company in Australia; in fact Steven is Dick’s wife’s boss in that company.

A small world had become even smaller in the hunt for truth on the missing Barnes children.

Mother and child reuniting after 41 years - Friday, 11 July 2008 / Source: www.abc.net.au/tv/canwehelp

Below is the full script of Episode 22.

Episode 22, Friday 11 July, 2008
Lost and Found - Episode 22
Robyn Barnes and Kopenyup Oben

Robyn Barnes has spent 40 years looking for answers to the whereabouts of her missing mother Kopenyup Oben.

[ROBYN] I’ve always wondered about my mother, there’s always been something missing in my life, a hole there, all through my life I’ve wondered who she was.

Born in a small village in the highlands of Papua New Guinea Robyn was just 4 years old when she and her 2 siblings were taken from their home and from their mum.

[ROBYN] My father is a white Australian my mother is Papua New Guinean for some reason my father thought it was best to bring us back to Australia so one day he just picked us up, put us in a car and flew us straight back to Australia, he left everything behind just took the three kids.

Separated and virtually a world away, Robyn and her siblings were settled into a new life in country NSW. Robbed of the chance to know her mother, Robyn grew up with only a distant memory of the life and the family she had left behind.

Robyn came to 'Can We Help?' seeking our help to find her mother. Past efforts to find Kopenyup by way of PNG public records had failed to yield results. On a second attempt we decided we’d try a more grass roots approach.

We decided to get in touch with a dozen ex-pats living around the Mt Hagen region. Through them, we were able to get some local help. Within three weeks Robyn’s mother had been found living in a village only hours of where they grew up.

[ROBYN] At first I was dumbstruck. I couldn’t breathe, overjoyed, excitement, everything at once, all the emotions of the last 40 years flooded through me and I was over the moon. I’m still pinching myself that it’s actually happened and I won’t believe it until I can touch her and hold her.

We organised for Robyn to fly to Tsigmil PNG to meet her mother. Word had got around and the entire valley came to see the return of Robyn to her mother.

[ROBYN] When she hugged me I knew straight away she was my mother. To actually touch her and feel her and hold her walking up there all the emotions ran through me it was pretty awesome.

[ROBYN] (addressing the village) I thank everybody for coming here and giving us such a warm welcome, and I thank everyone for taking care of my mother. Thank you for letting us into your village, our village and from the bottom of my heart and soul I’m so happy I came back today to see my mother.

Robyn’s reunion with her mother was very emotional as years of separation caught up with them.

[ROBYN] I didn’t expect it to be anything big scale, it was pretty awesome…first of it was pure joy, the atmosphere had my heart going and blood rushing it was absolute happiness but also there was a mixture of sadness for me and my mother Kobun for everything that we missed out growing up the sadness of our relationship.

[ROBYN] The future is a long way ahead of us so I’m going to play it one day at a time and just see what happens but hopefully my mum will be in my future because she wasn’t there in my past and hopefully we’ll live happily ever after.

My name is Nicholas Kem and I am from Minj in the Waghi Valley (now Jiwaka Province; formerly Western Highlands District).

I am a keen follower of the Kiap’s stories in PNG and it was interesting to read many articles posted here by ex-Kiaps and their families who made immense contributions to PNG’s development.

I was growing up in the mid 60’s (born 01/01/1966) going to school in the 70s in Minj Primary School and later Minj High School in the 80s.

I now work for the PNG LNG Project as Business Development Advisor in Hides alongside a number of ex-Kiaps, who served in PNG from the 60s to the years before and after independence when they left PNG to go back to Oz.

Given their local knowledge content the LNG Project had recruited a whole bunch of them who are back here again, this time serving in various roles as Land & Community Affairs and Business Development Advisors.

The project wouldn’t have progressed this far had it not been for these veterans, all of them extremely fluent in tok pisin.

Dave Bawden, Neil Gore-Brown, Raymond Bray, Bill Sanders, Les Mohr, Dave Ekins, Paul Fearman and Dick Olive are some ex-Kiaps that that I’ve come to know and am currently working with on the project.

Paul Fearman had served in Pangia and met his wife who was a pioneer teacher at Minj High School in the mid 70s. Les Mohr had served in Minj as ADC/ADO in the years just before and after independence and Dave Bawden had served in Jimi District.

Bill Sanders and Dick Olive both served in Simbu (Dick in Kundawa and Bill in Gumine/Karimui). Ray Bray had served in the Sepik whilst Neil Gore-Brown served in Bundi in the Madang District.

Dave Ekins, L&CA Field Manager in Hides had served in Komo District where ExxonMobil is currently building its international airport for the Antonov to freight in delicate parts for the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant.

These guys have made an impact in many people’s lives in their heydays and many of them were in retirement or were heading there when they were called back to continue their journey through the land of the unexpected.

Thank you Kiaps keep up the good work; and thank you KJ for the wonderful blog spot.

I’m going to post articles and comments from time to time for you happy readers and looking forward to reading more of yours too.
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We look forward to getting your articles, Nicholas - KJ

Brian (Braun) Heagney was the tradestore tycoon who ran a tradestore chain between Kerowagi, Minj and Mt Hagen.

He married Gai, a local woman from Minj (my wife's aunty) and they have 6 grown up kids, 4 boys and 2 girls. I think one of the boys died in a car accident in Sydney.

The family are living in Cairns now, less Braun who has since passed away.

My condolences to the families of these heroes. I believe it would help make it a little less difficult if they take a look at www.deathletters.org. Knowing someone else is going through the same thing helped me cope when I went through the same ordeal.

Can anyone kindly help me make contact with Akii Tumu; artist and author of Wabag, Enga Province.

I was the kiap who along with missionary/anthropoogist Dr Paul Brennan and builder Mike Whittle and many volunteers helped establish the orriginal Enga Cultural Centre.

"Mi no lusim tinktink long yupela"

Hi Paul - I'm searching for my father's father William George Jackson or George William Jackson who was in Kainantu, possibly as a serviceman, around 1954.

He had a child with a New Guinean woman, that child being my father Peter George Jackson. We have been searching for many years unsuccessfully.

My father returned to PNG after 40 years and was told his mother had passed away, the only information he received was from the elders of his tribe (his uncles) in which they told him his father was "white or tanned skin" and in military uniform.

I would appreciate any help you can offer. Please email me.

Hi, my name is Anna Naur Ely, who married an Australian and am a granddaughter of Ulka Mokono or Waim, who was married to Sinage Mathina (my grandmother) who worked closely with kiap Taylor in his first contact with the Chimbu [Simbu] Province.

I am doing a research on my grandfather.

Hi - This is for Dominic who is looking for my family. Dominic, unfortunately it wasn't our family you lived with.

Dad (Kim Kimmorley) was a Land Titles Commissioner and my brother Will and I were the only children, no other girls. Good luck with your search.

I have just started reading your editorials which are fascinating. I am interested in all of these as Alan Roberts _ Coast Watcher and later on attached to Native Affairs Office was in fact my great Uncle. He was the brother of my grandmother and very good to myself and sister as he had no living children of his own.

Rick - Do you have an email address for Jon Bartlett? I've been quoting him from one of his patrol reports in a social mapping study and would be interested in whether he can add anything else.

You can contact me at pacificasene@westnet.com.au

Hi Keith - I am hoping you might be able to assist me.

Looking for ex-Kiaps who may have done a patrol on the Upper Sepik River in 1950, around the Washkuk/Kubka region (Wogumas), and had as a guest the Australian artist William Dobell.

I am researching for an exhibition on Dobell's time in PNG.

Re Bob Cleland's comment on Des Murphy (Attitude, 18 December 2010).

Des was, from memory, acting DDC in Kerema. He was murdered by his domestic servant the day he was due to "go finish".

Hi Dominic, Here are a couple of responses to your request from former kiaps. I'll send your request to PNGAA to see if they may be able to contact the family.

"The eulogy for the late CW Kimmorley (known as Kim) who passed away in Sept 1995 can be found in the PNGAA Vale index. It gives a full account of his career."

"Mrs Kimmorley used to live in the Blue Mountains but now lives with a son in the far north coast of NSW. Her address is in the address list put out by PNGAA."

Philip - A file of newspaper and magazine cuttings on John Keith Emerton is available in the National Library of Australia in Canberra (call no: 343641.BIOG)

The collection is listed as "Biographical cuttings on John Keith Emerton, barrister and war veteran".

Perhaps this file might also shed some light on his pre-war career? Good luck with your research.

Hi Dominic - I've posted your request on the ex kiap site so keep your fingers crossed.

Hi Paul - I was born on Sohano island in Bougainville in 1962 when Sohano was the head town in the district of Bougainville.

During that time I grew up with the District Commissioner's family. I believe the DC's name was C W Kimmorley.

I would like more info as to whether he is still alive or if his family can contact me, especially Danny and her sister.

John Keith Emerton served as ADO on Misima Island during WW 2. (He is mentioned in Clarrie James' 'ANGAU: One man's war' )

On Emerton's death various reports stated that he had been a patrol officer in New Guinea (? Papua) in the late 1920s.

I have been unable to find any evidence to support this claim.

I would appreciate any assistance to prove /disprove this claim that Forum members may be able to give me.

I would also appreciate any information members may have about Emerton's wartime service.

Might you be able to assist?

The pre war patrol officers and their colleagues - and family - were a special mob. But I have found a few who deserved their prison terms.

I get upset when I find a few who lied about their alleged service. I am curious to learn more about Emerton. He left money that paid for recent renovations to the Bar Library!
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Philip is executive director of the NSW Bar Association. You can contact him at pselth@nswbar.asn.au - KJ

Mark Jerram - I too am a veteran survivor of the Bali Witu saga. I came after Lee Dickson circa 1971.

Why don't you put your name down on the Ex Kiap site.

Dick Doyle is still going strong on Witu. Appreciates a note now and then. Can give you his address if wanted.

Good job keeping an Honour Roll. Unavoidably there are missing personalities. One could be Leo Flint, Assistant Resident Magistrate, Abau Island, Papua, died there due to illness in 1933.

I take my hat off to the pioneering spirit of these courageous POs and Kiaps.

These men were Australia's finest. Men dedicated to the cause of brining development to a primitive and savage people.

These men were men of a very high calibre. Their sacrifice has given life to a nation who is proud to call these men her "masters".

These men endured malaria and the sweltering heat not to mention the hostility of the native tribes. In the true spirit of pioneers they preserved to bring health and education to PNG.

Some of them made the ultimate sacrifice and have laid down their life in the service of a people too ignorant to appreciate them.

I think these fallen heroes and those who still survive today need some form of recognition from the PNG government.

It would be a crime to let their sacrifice go unnoticed.

Paul - Thanks for replying. Yes, Havaland died, poor Tom D died. I kept in contact with Maria for many years. I believe she still lives at Penrith, married again now.

Last time I saw Roger B he was rip roaring around in a red sports car in Brisbane's riverside Newstead area, but that was 20 years ago.

I am currently involved in an interesting project, concerning my years in PNG, but too involved for this forum.

I need to make phone contact with you? Is this possible ?

And just a thought. What about an Honours List of
"Those who have since passed on"?

Hi Tony - I've posted your request about John Murphy on the 'ex kiap' site so good luck.

Dear Keith - There was a kiap by the name of John Murphy who served at Vanimo, Sepik District, either in the late 1950s or early 1960s. What has happened to him? Is he still alive?

I would be interested to know as is a close relative of mine. Any assistance you or any of your readers can give would be greatly appreciated.

My email address is, tonydeklin@yahoo.com.au

Hi Paul - My name is Mark Jerram. I went to New Guinea as a Cadet Patrol Officer in 1964 in the first intake of contract officers.

I was the PO stationed on Bali (Unea) Island in January 1969 when the Cessna 310 (I thought it was a 610) crashed on take off from the Bali airstrip in heavy rain.

I helped surviving passengers from the plane and retrieved the body of Mr Von Scholes who was still seat belted upside down beside the Canadian pilot who had been thrown forward under the dash.

I asked all the passengers to stay and not take off but they were all keen to return to Rabaul. I then advised the pilot not to take off in the heavy rain (which had continued to fall after the Lands Titles meeting which had been conducted in the prison hut beside the airstrip).

I told him I had a pilot's licence and would not consider taking off myself. The pilot advised me that he had landed on carriers when flying in the Canadian Navy and that I should stand at a conical marker he selected.

If he was not off the ground by the marker he would abort the take off. The rain was so heavy I couldn't see the plane but I could hear it as it approached.

The pilot did not abort the take off at the agreed marker and tried to gain altitude to pass over a low hill and coconut trees at the end of the runway. The starboard wing then hit the ground and the plane slid over the end of the coronous runway into a perimeter trench slicing its wings off and ending upside down in the trench.

After pulling the deceased from the plane, I led the survivors up the mountain side to my patrol hut, contacted DCA on the radio to summon assistance and then gave each of the survivors a drink and a cigar.

The army sent a helicopter to pick up the body which had been collected from the airstrip by the manager of the Bali plantation (Garth Porath). The survivors were also pleased to move accommodation to the plantation.

I left New Guinea at the end of 1969 and about a year later (whilst living in Melbourne) received a letter from Port Moresby asking that I attend the inquest into the crash.

I wrote back saying I would be only too happy to do if the air fares were supplied. I didn't hear another word.

I was initially stationed at Cape Hoskins WNB where I shared a donga with PO II Dick Allmark.

I am just wondering if you know of any relatives of the other CPO's killed on 21 January 1951.

My uncle Athol James Earl , aged 26, from NZ, was killed that tragic day. I would like to make contact with them.

The names I have are: CPO James Ian James and CPO Kevin Victor Bradford.

I am going to the kiap reunion on 13 November with my dad (Athol's brother) and would really like to see if I could get dad to meet family members who have experienced the same loss as him.

I have been in contact with Pamela Cowley and knew she is going to the reunion as well.

I know it is a long shot but any help from you would be greatly appreciated.

pipearl@westnet.com.au

Captain Lloyd Pursehouse was killed on 17 January 1944 by a lone sniper at Sio while operating in support of the 2/17th Battalion at the end of the Huon Peninsula campaign.

Fom Alan Powell's 'The Third Force: ANGAU's New Guinea War, 1942-46)'

Keith, I have been comparing the Honour Roll for kiaps with the list on the ex kiaps website and note that two kiaps who died in World War 2 are not shown who I feel should be included.

Lloyd Pursehouse was killed by a Japanese sniper near Sio but I am not certain when.

Also Leigh Vial was killed in March 1944 when a plane he was in crashed over the highlands.

Both had been kiaps for many years before the war and died because of the knowledge they had of New Guinea.
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We'll add them to the list, George - KJ

Yes, John. That's me. I was hoping to get in contact with Tom D, but he like many others we knew has gone on his last patrol. I had a phone call from his son however.

Paul Oates? Not the Paul Oates who took his then pregnant wife and went finish from Finschhafen in 1975?

I lived in the house next door, between you and the Bonners. Didn't you have yappy bloody dog called Argus?

Well, let me know....

I am seeking information on a kiap who served in the then Central Highlands but particularly in the Chimbu area after the war and into the 1950s. His name is J Costelloe.

He later got married to a Dinga (Simbu) women and had children. I would really appreciate this information.

My email is kinmoyamathias@gmail.com

Hi Joy - I've posted your enquiry on the exkiap site so good luck. It might help if you included some information as to why you want to find this person.

Hi, I do not know if this is the right area. I am searching for a kiap that was in the eastern highlands,Goroka, in the mid late 1960's,his name is Charlie Davey/ie.

If anyone knows of his whereabouts or has more information. Thanking you.

Thanks Jaive,

I'll put a post on the ex kiap site and hope Alan Cleeve's family see it.

Regards,

Paul

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