Aisoli Salin of New Ireland: Memories of a Great Teacher

08 NOVEMBER 2020


Compiled by Jonathan Ritchie from conversations with Aisoli Salins’ family and pupils, 2019

This book tells the story of one of Papua New Guinea’s first leaders, Aisoli Salin from New Ireland. It has been written from the memories of late Aisoli Salin’s family members, living on the islands of Tatau and Simberi in New Ireland Province and in Kavieng as well.

Aisoli Salin was a teacher, journalist and one of PNG’s first three native members of the Legislative Council of Papua-New Guinea in 1951.



Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership Produced by Deakin University Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial LicencePNG National Museum & Art Gallery – PNGAus Partnership Download free here (5.16 MB) or visit the Voices from the War website here to learn more and see other related resources.

If you’re in Port Moresby, inquire at the National Museum & Art Gallery or the Australian High Commission for free hard copies. You can also visit the Haus Independens Gallery (Old House of Assembly, MacGregor St, Downtown, Port Moresby) to learn more about Aisoli Salin and the formative years of PNG in which he lived and worked.

Published by Ples Singsing

Ples Singsing is envisioned to be a new platform for Papua Niuginian expressions of creativity, ingenuity and originality in art and culture. We deliberately highlight these two very broad themes as they can encompass the diverse subjects, from technology, medicine and architecture to linguistics, music, fishing, gardening et cetera. Papua Niuginian ways of thinking, living, believing, communicating, dying and so on can cover the gamut of academic, journalistic or opinionated writing and we believe that unless we give ourselves a platform to talk about and discuss these things in an open, free and non-exclusively academic space that they may remain the fodder for academics, journalists and other types of writers alone. New social media platforms have given every individual a personal space to share their feelings and ideas openly, sometimes without immediate censure. The Ples Singsing writer’s blog would like to provide another more structured platform for Papua Niuginian expressions in written, visual and audio formats while also providing some regulation of the type and content of materials to be shared publicly.

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