Sana: The making of a great man

DIANE HIRIMA & MINETTA KAKAREREAcademia Nomad | Edited posted 4th May 2021 on PNG Attitude Michael Somare: Sana, An Autobiography PORT MORESBY – Sana was first published in 1975, the year of Papua New Guinea’s independence. It traces Sir Michael Somare life from childhood to politics and his leading PNG to nationhood. Sana (peacemaker) is a metaphor for aContinue reading “Sana: The making of a great man”

Charles Monckton – the trigger happy colonialist

Charles Monckton in 1907 BY BRADLEY GEWA | Academia Nomad Charles Monckton: Some Experiences of a New Guinea Resident Magistrate PORT MORESBY –Charles Arthur Whitmore Monckton (1873-1936) first arrived in the protectorate of British New Guinea (later known as Papua) in 1895 having been recruited from New Zealand as a magistrate. Upon Monckton’s arrival, Lieutenant-Governor SirContinue reading “Charles Monckton – the trigger happy colonialist”

Reuben Taureka Highway?

08 NOVEMBER 2020 NOTICE GREGORY BABLIS A few years ago the PNG Government decided to rename the well-known Magi Highway after Sir Dr Reuben Taureka. Understandably, the people of Central had mixed reactions and some were anxious and angry about the name change. There was even an alternative suggestion to name the highway Polonsky HighwayContinue reading “Reuben Taureka Highway?”

Aisoli Salin of New Ireland: Memories of a Great Teacher

08 NOVEMBER 2020 Notice 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 andContinue reading “Aisoli Salin of New Ireland: Memories of a Great Teacher”

Book Summary of John Keith McCarthy’s “Patrol into Yesterday: My New Guinea Years”

02 NOVEMBER 2020 PHYLISS PHILIP BABLIS Armed with his ‘bible’, a blue covered book called Standing Instructions which was issued to Cadets and Patrol Officers during pre-war days, John Keith McCarthy headed out into the big rugged island to the north of Australia. McCarthy was a government officer, soldier and writer. He was born onContinue reading “Book Summary of John Keith McCarthy’s “Patrol into Yesterday: My New Guinea Years””

Papua New Guinean Biography

Person in Focus – Paulus Goresau Arek 01 NOVEMBER 2020 GREGORY BABLIS Over the last seven decades, Papua New Guinea has grown from a disparate collection of traditional societies administered as an Australian colonial territory, to a thriving, developing state. The story of how Papua New Guinea came to lose its colonial shackles and gainContinue reading “Papua New Guinean Biography”

The Warriors Who Had No Name

01 NOVEMBER 2020 GREGORY BABLIS The Ben Moide Story: Nameless Warriors by Lahui Ako, University of Papua New Guinea Press, 2012, 246 pages. ISBN 9980869577. Order online or purchase from the UPNG Press & Bookshop, Port Moresby. PORT MORESBY – Ben Moide was one of the youngest members of the Papuan Infantry Battalion (PIB), a unitContinue reading “The Warriors Who Had No Name”

For God, Country or What? Nepe Kumanyal’s War

19 October 2020 Gregory Bablis The PNG National Museum & Art Gallery’s Oral History Project and Military Heritage Project are essentially a national search for common identity, and dare I say, a national consciousness, in a country where divisive diversity is the norm. The former does so through a blending of different stories while theContinue reading “For God, Country or What? Nepe Kumanyal’s War”

Names and Titles: The Right Honourable Sir William MacGregor, GCMG, CB, AM, PC, FRSGS in Papua

19 October 2020 By Gregory Bablis The impact of Papua New Guinea’s (PNGs) recent history of European contact is most tellingly conveyed in the place names, street names, and names of geographical and natural features in the country. From the Bismarck Sea and the numerous hafen’s (German for port or harbour) between the Morobe andContinue reading “Names and Titles: The Right Honourable Sir William MacGregor, GCMG, CB, AM, PC, FRSGS in Papua”