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26 June 2018


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An extraordinary group of people they were! They opened up the interior of the then Territory of Papua and New Guinea. And a good number stayed on at Independence and helped guide a fledgling Papua New Guinea.

Those of us who were privileged to grow up during the colonial days remember them, yes, they were an "odd bunch " some of them, but my God one thing I knew was they were the kiap, magistrate, chief policeman, chief clerk and administrator.

Together with the expat teachers, engineers, plantation owners, gold fossickers and the odd drifter, they were responsible for laying the foundation for an emerging nation.

They, the kiaps, teachers, plantation owners etc, are a special part of my history. Tenkiyu tumas!

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