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Una Voce Issue 1 March 2019


A Character in PNG by Graham Hardy

Many characters from Australia and other countries were attracted to PNG before and after World War II. In October 1952 I arrived in Port Moresby together with five other cadet patrol officers, following our...

Books and Reviews

RB SHAW: The Cross of Goa BEN PARER: The Parer Tales RB SHAW The Cross of Goa Bob Shaw is an accomplished adventure storyteller. He does this through the prism of a Port Moresby-based...

Didiman’s Diary #10 by David Montgomery

The story continues from Una Voce, June 2018, of new experiences, challenges and developments in the West New Britain District. I finished off in June saying there was a need to explain patrol necessities—mattresses,...

Flying High in Papua New Guinea by Peter Rogers

It is always hard to describe flying in PNG to someone who has never been there and done that. It is exhilarating, demanding, difficult, and sometimes dangerous. The wreckage of numerous aircraft still littering...

‘Indiana Joan’ by Joan and Colin Dwyer

Joan Dwyer turned ninety-two in November 2018. She was a patrol officer’s wife in Papua New Guinea for almost two decades—resourceful, friendly and determined, she lived in three countries, but Papua New Guinea was...

Lord Forster Visits the Western Islands by Rob Parer

I came across a press report from Rabaul/Kokopo, New Guinea of 4 September 1924, and was amazed to learn that the Governor-General of Australia, Lord Henry Forster, GCMG, PC, came to TPNG and, from...

Memories by Mark Lynch

In August 1959, having just turned eighteen, Mark Lynch was at the Australian School of Pacific Administration (ASOPA) in Sydney, undergoing an intense course about a complex and fascinating place, tackling subjects from land...

Morning in Goroka by Maj-General John Pearn, AO, RFD

One awakes, the memory of so many similar awakenings afresh, to the sound of rain, rain that is heavy, full and deep-sounding, which itself carries a feeling of timelessness in this mountain place. The...

The Air Mail Gets Through by Robert (Bob) Piper

In 1939 a letter carried by a fleeing German pilot, in a stolen aircraft in New Guinea, amazingly reached its destination safely in Melbourne. The now famous correspondence was sent by Patrol Officer Leigh...

The Trials of Mangrove Murphy by Philip Selth, OAM

Lieutenant John Joseph Murphy took part in the first Japanese assault on Mubo, where the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles (NGVR) soundly repulsed them, inflicting many casualties. When NGVR was disbanded, he joined the coastwatcher...

Vale

BARTLETT, Jon Richard; BOTTRILL, Angus, OAM; BURKE, Dr Clarrie; BUTLER, Peter; FAVETTA, Sue; GINBEY, Robert Charles; JOHNSTON, Nancy Edith; LITTLER, Charles Geoffrey, MBE; MILAN, Tony Arthur, Major, RFD Ed; SAVILLE, Sydney Preston.  Further notifications in the Una Voce, June 2019: John Joseph...