Paul Quinlivan’s Snapshots

Paul Quinlivan was sent to TPNG as a Crown Prosecutor in January 1952 to clean up a heavy backlog of criminal cases. He remained until 1983, becoming Chief Crown Prosecutor in 1957. In 1960, following a significant role in getting the training of Papua New Guineans started, he was appointed Assistant Secretary for Law (Executive). In 1965 he became Senior Magistrate for PNG stationed in Rabaul and, for the last few years of his career, Coordinator of Magisterial Studies, University of Papua New Guinea.

Here are 62 snapshots he has prepared, relating to life in PNG.

Snapshots published Una Voce, March 1999, page 33
1. Sell-out in Manus, 1946-48
2. ‘Slipshod and You’re in Trouble’
3. Rehabilitation, Reichstag Fire Trial and “TDSM” – Traditional Disputes-Settling Machinery
4. Revolutionary Rule to Protect the Right to Silence

Snapshots published Una Voce, June 1999, page 21
These articles were given limited publication more than 45 years ago, so they give to the present generation a true ‘snapshot’ of the wonderful contribution made by their parents and grandparents. In the case of kiaps, their ‘Stud Book’ date is given because of the allegation that only the inexperienced defended cases. Two or more years should be added if the date is 1946 or 1947 because these men joined after they had fallen in love with PNG while serving in the Army.
5. Stiffly Starched White Coats. And Other Differences
6. Bill Burford and Weekends at Brown River
7. Wonderful Detective Work – by Various People

Snapshots published Una Voce, September 1999, page 35
In Brisbane’s Courier Mail of 29 July 1999 there was a farewell to a Queensland judge and, curiously enough, it began as follows: “Whether it’s grass huts in Papua New Guinea or Cunnamulla courthouses, retiring Chief Judge Pat Shanahan has made it a priority to bring justice to the people. ‘The New Guinea system of taking justice to the people … inspired me to devote myself to the concept of bringing justice to the people’, said Judge Shanahan, who retires as District Court president on August 9.” It was most unusual – and very gratifying – to see such a comment and our ‘snapshots’ today give part of the background to that system.
8. Speech of Chief Justice Phillips on Tuesday 12 February 1952 at Rabaul
9. “It Is Not For Anyone to Invent …”
10. Persons in Authority must be Particularly Careful

Snapshots published Una Voce, December 1999, page 11
11. Planters, Traders (and Monte) and their Former Employees
12. What “Trusteeship” Means, Part One
13. What “Trusteeship” Means, Part Two
14. What “Trusteeship” Means, Part Three

Snapshots published Una Voce, March 2000, page 31
15. The Comparison with Quislings and Collaborators Elsewhere
16. Difference in the Commonwealth Grant
17. Four Unusual Items of Expenditure Covered by that £5½ million
18. Comparison between Australia and TPNG
19. Comparison Between Australia and the Former Territory of Papua
20. My First Hearing of the Term: ‘The New Guinea Side’
21. Doug Parrish and the Difference between Kiap and Defending Officer

Snapshot published Una Voce, September 2000, page 32
22. Rescuing a Judge in Samarai

Snapshot published Una Voce, December 2000, page 32
23. George Greathead’s Report on ‘Crime in Mount Hagen’

Snapshots published Una Voce, March 2001, page 30
24. ‘Boots an’ All’
25. Kiaps and their Former Role as Defending Officer
26. An Aspect of Defending which Tends to be Forgotten Nowadays
27. ‘Better Late Than Never’. Defending the Rights of a Convicted Man

Snapshots published Una Voce, June 2001, page 22
28. R. v. Ikuar (Madang, 18th and 24th March 1952)
29. Paper by Mr Justice R. T. Gore on ‘Punishment for Crime’

Snapshots published Una Voce, September 2001, page 41
30. Reality and Imagination
31. Return to Reality… The Reform, in the 50s, of the PIR (Pacific Islands Regiment)
32. A Short Description of the Telefomin Attacks
33. A Medical Orderly who showed that he had been well trained
34. Two Policemen who showed that they had been well trained

Snapshots published Una Voce, December 2002, page 32
35. The Telefomin Trials. Two Points Raised by Newspaper Reports
36. The Kiap’s Wife says: ‘It Happens Everywhere!’
37. The Queen v. Francis Terence Murphy (Rabaul 3 & 4 March, 1952) : Part One – The Power to Prosecute
38. R. v. Francis T. Murphy : Part Two – The Facts of the Case
39. Defence by Gerry Szarka of Timio Sioni (Manus, 8 May 1951)

Snapshots published Una Voce, June 2002, page 29
40. A Nobel Prize endangered by our strict rule about Highland prisoners
41. The reason for the Highlands Rule
42. The Rule and my reaction at Wewak on 8 April 1954
43. My task as assistant to John Grainger, OiC Police, Wewak
44. The early results of our investigations
45. Wonderful action of Police Lance Corporal Sauweni
46. Suni, a fine example of belief in The Rule of Law

Snapshots published Una Voce, December 2002, page 30
47. Taking a sample –– and a need for praise
48. The unusual position of interpreters
49. Suni as the trainer of Telefomin interpreters
50. What Suni taught his wife’s parents
51. The incredible problems faced by Syd Smith and Mert Brightwell
52. The people of Wewak and their treatment of the Telefomins

Snapshots published Una Voce, March 2003, page 38.

53 – First Congress of the Public Service Association (PSA), 1955 – Part One
54 – Bukumbangi, a Policeman with initiative
55 – Re-statement of why I am writing these ‘Snapshots’
56 – Religious harmony and its debt to the Japanese

Snapshots published Una Voce, September 2003, page 33.
57 – The Mataungan Case – A Preliminary Comment
58 – The Mataungan Case – The Case Itself

Snapshots published Una Voce, March 2004, page 29
59 – Religious Harmony, Part 2 – The Debt Owed to Rev Percy Chatterton LMS
60 – ‘Ma Scannell’s Place’, ‘The Bomb Boy’s House’ and an explanation
61 – The First Congress of the Public Service Association (PSA), 1955. Part Two – Roll-call of Participants
62 – Coroners in TPNG – Part One – Complaints to the Minister


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