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”

Shared Military Heritage and Developing ‘Kokoda Culture’

29 October 2020 KIRSTIE CLOSE AND GREGORY BABLIS PORT MORESBY Efforts continue in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to preserve and protect World War Two heritage. In 2014, a team of Papua New Guinean researchers commenced work on an oral history project along the Kokoda Track, recording the memories of local people and families who hadContinue reading “Shared Military Heritage and Developing ‘Kokoda Culture’”

Learning to Be a Writer in Papua New Guinea

21 October 2020 Evelyn Ellerman Abstract For students and instructors at English-speaking, post-war, colonial universities, the literature curriculum had special significance: graduates of these institutions were expected not only to fill key positions in a new nation, but to write that nation into existence. Theirs would be the first histories, biographies, and literary texts ofContinue reading “Learning to Be a Writer in Papua New Guinea”

“Who Should you Write For?”: Competing Spheres of Print Culture Production in Colonial Papua New Guinea

21 October 2020 Evelyn Ellerman In 1970, the colonial administration of Papua and New Guinea (PNG)published a short article called “Courses for Writers” in the December issue of its literary journal, New Guinea Writing (NGW). The article consisted of two short paragraphs side-by-side underneath a photograph of a writer receiving a literary prize (Figure 1).Continue reading ““Who Should you Write For?”: Competing Spheres of Print Culture Production in Colonial Papua New Guinea”

From Flying Fowl House to Spirit of Kokoda: The long and continuing journey of Papua New Guinea’s Ford Trimotor

20 October 2020 ANDREW CONNELLY AND GREGORY BABLIS Just inside the front gate of the PNG National Museum & Art Gallery (NMAG), next door to Parliament House, Independence Drive, Port Moresby, sit three historical aircrafts, a Lockheed P-38 fighter, a Bell P-400 Airacobra, and the subject of this paper, a Ford 5-AT-C Trimotor with manyContinue reading “From Flying Fowl House to Spirit of Kokoda: The long and continuing journey of Papua New Guinea’s Ford Trimotor”

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”