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?”

Voices from the War: Stories from Milne Bay

08 NOVEMBER 2020 CATHERINE NOLAN (Editor) NOTICE This short book comprises some of the experiences and encounters that the people of Milne Bay Province had during the time when World War Two came to Papua New Guinea. The men and women whose stories are included in the book took part in a study during MarchContinue reading “Voices from the War: Stories from Milne Bay”

Voices from the War: Stories from New Ireland

08 NOVEMBER 2020 NOTICE Nolan, Catherine (Editor) This short book comprises some of the experiences and encounters that the people of New Ireland had during the time when World War Two came to Papua New Guinea. The men and women whose stories are included in the book took part in a study from March toContinue reading “Voices from the War: Stories from New Ireland”

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”

Significance of the centenary: history and commemoration of the Kokoda Campaign in Papua New Guinea

31 OCTOBER 2020 GREGORY BABLIS ‘History’ and ‘commemoration’ are distinguishable terms. For instance, while Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Australia share a history spurred from the events of the Kokoda Campaign, our analyses, understandings, perspectives and experiences of the war are subjective and thus different. Commemoration is centred on the present and is concerned withContinue reading “Significance of the centenary: history and commemoration of the Kokoda Campaign in Papua New Guinea”

Voices From The War: PNG Stories of The Kokoda Campaign

30 October 2020 TIMOTHY PIRINDUO PORT MORESBY World War Two (WWII) passed through our land, along the rugged, inhospitable terrains of the now iconic Kokoda Track, and the tales we read and heard were all about foreign armies who came, fought the war to leave a legend. 70 years on and little to nothing wasContinue reading “Voices From The War: PNG Stories of The Kokoda Campaign”