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02 October 2017


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You might have something there Arnold.

Tim was director of the South Australian Museum for a while and it was all about Tim.

Funny how these high profile people have big egos.

Philip Adams is another one.

Great story. Would have better and a good reminder had Tim mentioned by name the nun who saved his life in his book. Tim is selfish.

Good story Robert.

I still remember American Lutheran nursing sisters visiting my village in the early 60s. They were based at Kokas Gutnius Lutheran Mission in Kandep, Enga province.

I wish I knew all the names of these brave women who came regularly on anti-natal clinics. They had to contend with wailing, kicking, vomiting children who refused medication.

How many lives they must have saved, strong men and women who live in the villages today but they find it hard to take their own children to a properly functioning health facility, an important service that is lacking in rural PNG.

And talking of missionary sisters, here is something to trigger the memory and perhaps bring on a smile.

Fr Donald Grant published this in 'All in a day’s work' in the May, 2014 issue of Readers Digest.

"In 1973 I was stationed as a parish priest at Kunjingini Mission in PNG. A small community of Mercy Sisters looked after the parish schools and clinic, and Sister Madeleine was given the task of furnishing the teacher's house at a newly established high school not far from our station.

"The nearest large town, Wewak, was about 100km away, so sister Madeleine duly rang the general store there and ordered four shower curtains.

"Two days later the Cessna landed at our local airstrip and unloaded four cartons of sour gherkins."

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