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12 September 2017


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Bill Brown

Hi Bob - I assume that you are aware that all the post-war Patrol Reports held by the PNG National Archives have been digitised and can be freely accessed on line.

If you have not caught up with them, it would be worth your while to do. You will not only be able to read what your father wrote, what he thought at the beginning and how his knowledge and appreciation developed over time. You will also see the comments and commendations that the people at Sub-district, District and Headquarters made.

It may take some digging, but if you have not done I think it would be worthwhile to do so. The list below may help you get started. The first url will take you the overall list, the remainder are self-explanatory, and each contain at least one of your father’s reports.

Patrol Reports P&NG

Maprik 1958 - 1959

Ambunti 1960 - 1962

Ambunti 1961 - 1962

Ambunti 1962 -1963

Bob Wright

Fascinating article Bill. Peter Wright (deceased 1994) was my dad, so I was really interested to see him get a mention in your chapter.

I would greatly appreciate it if you are able to send me any other comments or memories you might have about my dad and his work in PNG.

Arthur Williams

I am always happy to see another of your stories Bill. Great they are written down for us and the future generations of PNG people to flesh out stories they may hear from their grandparents etc.

Chips Mackellar

Terrific story Bill. Thank you for your memories. In 1957 I shared a unit with Jock MacGregor when we were both doing the ASOPA long course that year.

It was from here at ASOPA that Jock was summonsed to return to PNG to face trial over the Tapini incident.

Although he emerged from the trial relatively unscathed his forced departure from the kiap service left him bitter and twisted, and he never really adjusted to life beyond the service.

Like all of us, he had dedicated himself to serve the people of PNG for the remainder of his working life, and I guess his unhappiness following the trial contributed to his untimely death.

You were a good kiap, Jock. May you rest in peace.

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