Category: On patrol

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Iuri patrol – night work: Adrian Geyle

(Published in Una Voce, September 1998, page 16 and in Tales of Papua New Guinea as ‘Night Patrol at Green River’) Adrian Geyle was CPO for two years at Lake Murray, Kiunga, Gaima and...

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Exploring the Jimi Valley: Paul Ryan

In the late 1960s it seemed as though the valley of the Jimi River had been forgotten; a small part of Papua New Guinea largely passed over in the development process and progression into...

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Patrol walking times: Paul Oates

Our concept of time and distance has been ingrained into us from an early age. Australians tend to think in words and not necessarily in word pictures or non verbal concepts. Tokpisin can also...

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The attack at Numbaira: Bob Cleland

I was on a routine census, health survey and general administration patrol in the Tiaora Division South of Kainantu in 1956. Though the people were reputed to be surly and uncooperative, I found them...

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Bamu patrol: Adrian Geyle

(Published in Una Voce, March 1998, page 13) Adrian Geyle was CPO for two years at Lake Murray, Kiunga, Gaima and Daru, Western District; PO OIC Green River, Sepik District; PO H/Q, Madang District....

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Beginnings and endings: Mark Lynch

After three weeks’ travel through one of the last ‘restricted’ areas of the New Guinea, our patrol reaches yet another remote mountain valley. Warriors on the ridge above our chosen campsite shake their weapons,...

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By donkey through the Adelberts: Chips MacKellar

(Published in Una Voce, September 1997, page 7) Malcolm (Chips) MacKellar 1953-1955 CPO Daru and Lake Murray (Western District) 1955-1956 P.O. Mount Hagen (Western Highlands District) 1957 ASOPA Long Course 1958-1964 PO at Madang...

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A final patrol: Laurie Meintjes

(Published Una Voce, December 2002, p 13) The shelf-life of the kiaps at Nomad River was relatively short. This was not surprising because the isolation, the reliance upon a none-too-reliable air service for everything...