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Thank you Ross for the link for Noel Chapman.

It is a fascinating history as written. The attacks from native inhabitants must have been due to their hostile nature of living. The native tribes that lived in the highlands districts had no idea of the existence of civilisation outside of their own existence. The explorers were seen as a threat to their own existence. Non-the-less we owe our own lives to all these courageous men and their families.

I have no reference to Noel Chapman being a kiap at any time but there is reference to him running plantations in a previous post. John Fowkes may know more about him.

Hi Keith, I'm looking for some information on a kiap or plantation manager, Noel Chapman, who has passed away and was buried at 9 Mile cemetery in the early 1970s.

He was married to Geno Vagi a woman from Paramana on the Aroma coast in Central Province and had three daughters, Barbara, Marie and Carol.

They have all passed away except Carol who is my sister in law. She has asked me to search for information and people who might have known her father to get in touch with her.

She was only a toddler when her father died and the photos she had of him were lost when her family home was burnt down in the village.

She was told that her father was married before to an Australian and had a daughter called Sandra Chapman and they lived in Queensland.

I hope you could help me to help my sister in law, Carol Chapman.

Where would one find historical data taken during census patrols? Looking for data from the early 1900s to 1950s of villages in the Kokoda area of Northern District, Territory of Papua, before the eruption of Mt. Lamington.

I'm particularly after any historical data on Ajeka Village and more so a smaller village east of Ajeka called Warina. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I'd be so grateful. Contactable on

I'm looking for any information regarding an ex- kiap who was well known along the Fly River and went by the nickname of "Soss".

I had a seismic crew camped at his timber and boat yard back in the early 80's.

Hi Manasese,

What a great idea; if only it were so easy to complete. The Honour Roll has taken some time to prepare by a group of people researching a variety of documents, books and personal memories.

Whilst this list is quite comprehensive its coordinating editor, Paul, does not guarantee its completeness, as, unfortunately the material relied on is not complete and there are many gaps in time and detail.

The preparation of this list has led to an attempt to create a much larger list of every kiap who served in Papua and New Guinea through the different periods of administration up to Independence.

However, the information reliability mentioned above means that this larger list has significantly more gaps whereby all the editors have is a name and no other information as to starting dates and places served.

Whilst the editors are ex-kiaps and have access to data about kiaps, they have little access to information about didimen, co-op officers and teachers.

While they may recall some individual officers of those departments, any attempt by the ex-kiap editors to create this list would have many accuracy errors such as to make the list worthless.

In order to get accurate histories of these other departments and their staffs, it would be far better to challenge historians from within their groups to undertake this work much as we have done for the kiaps.

A history of who's who in all the districts of PNG pre and post independence would not go astray. There are still a lot of lapuns living in the villages who are asking for the names of kiaps, APO's, ADO's, ADC's, DC's posted to Districts and Sub-Districts in Papua and New Guinea.

Some of my Mumeng wantoks are asking for the names of Agricultural officers, Didiman, and E Course teachers who taught in Mumeng, Bulolo and Wau.

Can you please give them some guidance and direction.

Hi again and thanks, yea I was after that Brian Howard Proctor. I am his son from a Wahgi valley woman.

I tried emailing you on the address you mentioned earlier but my email is failing. Please email me at Thankyou for your time.

Michael, unfortunately Paul and I are unable to provide any further information. As explained, our information only goes up to 1952 with reference to him in a staff postings list.

I tried searching the Australian National Archives for his personnel file but could find no reference to him there.

He would be 84 years old if he was still alive so you can only hope that he reads this blog and responds or someone who knows him responds and can update this information.

Thanks Ross... yes i was talking about Brian Howard Proctor, I am Michael Proctor, Brian Howard Proctor's son from a Western Highlands woman in Kudjip wagmil coffee plantation in Papua New Guinea, I am in search of my father.Please help me find him.

Michael Proctor - Ross Wilkinson has kindly advised the following information in regard to your query:

Howard Brian Proctor DOB: 12/5/1930 Seniority: 18/7/1949 Patrols: Kaiapit 1949-1953

I have him in Staff Postings at Madang from 1949 until 1952 when he is shown as being on leave as a Patrol Officer. I can find no further references to him and there does not appear to be a file at National Archives.

Michael, there is a Patrol Officer H.B. Proctor (P) 6/10/1953. Is that who you were after? Otherwise, what date did he serve?


please contact me at for information on Brian Proctor

Is there any one of the ex-kiaps name called Brian Proctor?

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.'

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.

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 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:

Phil - Sorry, mate, only just saw your post. It's

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.


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



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

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.

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

Posted by: Angus Henry | 11 December 2012 at 05:37 PM

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:

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.

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 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

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!

Philip is executive director of the NSW Bar Association. You can contact him at - 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.

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