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13 November 2018

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I was surprised at the number of local PNG kiaps there actually were.

A close inspection reveals that the majority of them were recruited between 1970-75.

This tells me that there was a clear intent on the part of the Australian administration for the kiap system to continue after independence. The idea seems to have been to replace Australian kiaps with PNG kiaps.

It's now interesting to speculate how the country might have developed had Michael Somare not had such a grudge against the kiap system.

My gut feeling is that things would have turned out a lot better.

Among the PNG kiaps are several who later became prominent, one of them being Bougainville's Dr Alexis Sarei, one time high commissioner to the UK - see asopa.typepad.com/asopa_people/2014/09/dr-alexis-sarei-priest-politician-diplomat-dies-at-80.html

Peter Tsiamalili was also a Bougainvillean politician. Ningkama, and Joe Nombri were well known Simbu men.
Anthony Siaguru became prominent for his leadership role in Transparency International.

I seem to remember that a Veratau was serving in Western Highlands years after independence.

Raim, R. If R stands for Raphael then it may be Raphael Raim from Mokei in Mt Hagen.

Unfortunately, though, he was a dentist not a kiap and I guess a more appropriate photo should be used.
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What a shame - much more photogenic than your average kiap. Nice set of teeth too. I've replaced the pic with (I hope) the real thing - KJ

The man holding the child and surrounded by villagers is identified as David Cameron on a National Archives website.

The photo was said to be taken in 1948 by Jim Fitzpatrick.

Thanks Garry. I met John in Hagen in 1967. He must have just left the army then. I was doing some land purchasing and he came along to help.

I caught up with him later when he was a member of the Commission of Enquiry into Land Matters in 1972. He played up a bit and had to leave unfortunately.

I was never sure whether he was a kiap or where he served. I also don't know whether he is still with us.

I believe that the person listed as 'Kup Ogut, J' is no less than John Kup of Mt Hagen. His father was Jacobus Kup. Ogut (or Ugit) was an ancestor sometimes referred to as Kuel Ugits.

John Kup had studied in Australia and later was a kiap in Western Province. I do not know if he is still alive. Phil, I think you knew John Kup. He had a brother Akai Kup.

The person listed as 'Smare, Arnold' is from Sepik and actually married Josephine Kup a sister of John Kup. Their son Anthony Smare is a company director. Arnold Smare was with the diplomatic service for some time.

'Tembon, Johannes' is probably John Tembon from Hagen from the same clan as Paias Wingti (Jika Mukuka). He died several years ago.

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