Category: People

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A didiman’s diary: David Montgomery

A good while ago I said to the Editor of Una Voce, “there are always stories of Kiaps in our magazine, rarely news of Didimen”. Her prompt response was, “that’s your problem!’’ I said...

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The Evennett family and Samari: Jeff Evennett

The name “Evennett” is familiar to anyone who has spent time in Samarai. Ernie Evennett’s forebears lived in Essex, England. Sometime around the middle of the 19th Century, three Evennett brothers migrated to Australia....

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A tribute to Peter Figgis, MC: Patrick Lindsay

Patrick considered it ‘a great privilege’ to be asked to pay tribute to Peter Figgis’ remarkable wartime service at Peter’s funeral.  He said: ‘I hope I can do justice to an extraordinary man’.  The...

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A thumbnail sketch of my past: Fred Holland

PNGAA member Claire Inchbold has kindly provided a memoir of life in New Guinea prepared by her father, Fred Holland. As it was not intended for publication, she has requested that access be restricted...

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C.O. (Bill) Harry: Frazer Harry

Bill led an extremely interesting and varied life in both PNG and Australia. He died in Melbourne, after several months of ill health, on 4 January 2011, aged 94. Bill started life in a...

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Gwen Dyer: Barry Dangerfield

From the Eulogy delivered by Rev. Barry Dangerfield on behalf of the family Gwen married Keith Dyer in 1948 and they sailed to Taskul, New Hanover, Papua New Guinea, where he was the Patrol...

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Chu Leong: Rod Noble

During  WW 2, after the Pearl Harbor attack, when Japanese forces were rapidly conquering Pacific islands, the Australian Government decided to evacuate expatriates from its Papua and from its New Guinea mandated territories: but...

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The Kiaps Compendium

Compiled and edited by Nancy Johnston   Dedicated to the memory of William James (Bill) Johnston 1 October 1924 – 12 September 2001 A Kiap of the Territory of Papua & New Guinea Bill...