Somewhere in ……

December 26, 2012 at 11:37 pm (Angoram, Commentary, David Wall, East Sepik Province, Frank Clune, Goya Henry, Papua New Guinea, Sepik River, Wewak)

The Diggers of the First World War had an address: Somewhere in France. Frank Clune & Goya Henry had an address: Somewhere in New Guinea. My address for the next few weeks will be: Somewhere in the Sepik. Email contact:

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My Brother Vivian … and the Christian Martyrs of Papua New Guinea by Patrick Redlich

December 26, 2012 at 3:21 am (Anglican Church in PNG, Book review, Commentary, Papua New Guinea)



This book is highly recommended! After reading it I wrote to the author:

152 Wilson St

Newtown 2042 NSW

Christmas Day, 2012


Dear Patrick


Please forgive me for taking the liberty of addressing you by your Christian name, but I’ve just finished reading the remarkable book you have written about Vivian, your brother. An experience I found most moving!

The story of Vivian comes alive in your account of his death with others, in Papua in 1942, and leaves an indelible impression!

I can’t help but reflect on the fact of me finishing my reading on Christmas Day as being most appropriate – the birth of Christ and the martyrdom of your brother and others in faraway Papua so long ago, and my Christmas Day reading, a kind of symbiosis – a Christian gift to me by courageous people.

Thank you for writing: My Brother Vivian.


Yours sincerely




David Wall

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I hope to visit Angoram shortly – or should I? Things may have improved!

December 26, 2012 at 2:59 am (Angoram, Commentary, East Sepik Province, PNG, Sepik River)

Poor old Angoram


Wednesday 11th May, 2011

Thugs rule Angoram


A COMMUNITY leader in Angoram said criminals are overtaking the district and its headquarters while their MP Arthur Somare is nowhere to be found. Luke Gawi, a block holder at Gavien Rubber Scheme, said District Administrator Aloi Agat was also absent from the district most of the time. He is either in Wewak, Port Moresby or at his rubber block at Gavien and not in his office. Mr Gawi also said the Angoram Hospital was rundown and the Angoram High school faced the same fate but funds for their renovations were yet to be received. He said that on average, three murders occur in a month in Angoram, three to four armed robberies took place within a week and two to three rapes took place in a month and the police were not able to do anything. He said the people in the district had no-one to turn to if they fell victim to criminals because the police in Angoram turned a blind eye to all crimes in the district. He said Mr Somare was never there to experience and see what was happening nor did he have any plans to contain the situation. “Arthur does not have a house in Angoram, he lives in Port Moresby, goes to Australia or New Ireland where his wife is from, and does not care what happens to us in Angoram,” he said. Mr Gawi said just last week, a local woman was pack-raped by criminals who held up the truck she was travelling in from Wewak to Angoram.

Copyright 2009  Post-Courier Online


What a sorry state! Bring the Kiaps back. The next step is to descend into total chaos. It seems that the local member doesn’t care that the good people of Angoram are abused and explioted. Where is the local member?

No longer can the people of Angoram say: Bai mi tokim kiap.

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“The Return of the Native” (Apologies to Thomas Hardy!)

December 23, 2012 at 7:06 am (Angoram, Commentary, Funerals, PNG, Sepik River, Wewak)


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Not quite The Return of the Native, but something of it, anyhow!

On the 29th of this month I hope to be in Wewak – staying in the Sepik for a month. Maybe a trip to Angoram to catch up with old friends.

If I should croak while there, I’ve left instructions that I’m to be buried in the nearest matmat – no involved movement  of remains!

I hope this trip will be a rich source of information that will inspire me to write better, and improve the usual 2nd rate stuff that I put on this blog!

To all my readers, wherever you are, all the best for Christmas and the New Year!

David Wall

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Successful and dramatic rescue of Indian Prisoners of the Japanese by the Allied Intelligence Bureau (AIB), Sepik Party, in February, 1945.

December 17, 2012 at 1:36 am (Commentary, Pacific war, R.K.Walls, Sepik River, Territory New Guinea)

R.K. Walls, 1941

R.K. Walls, 1941


Map associated with Lieut. R.K.Walls’ Kurringe op.

The Sepik Party under the command of Lieut. R.H. McColl, R.A.N.V.R. and assisted by Lieut. R.K. Walls, A.I.F. became aware that there was a group of Indians, prisoners of the Japanese, who were in dire need in Kurringe Village, in the vicinity of the Sepik River.

The intelligence regarding the state of these Indian POWs was gained by Lieut. Walls, and he was – “impressed with the necessity for succouring these Indian Imperial Troops as soon as possible in order to save lives, with all possible haste…”

A party consisting of: Lieut. R.K. Walls, Havildar Khazan Singh of 10/2 Punjab Regt. , 11 Native Police armed with Owen guns and 7 others with a variety of weapons including a Carbine, Bren gun and rifles, supported by 4 other natives with shot guns. All members carried grenades. The party also included 28 carriers.

On the 24th of January, 1945, this party arrived at Nunguaiia, a friendly village, as a staging post for the attack and rescue operation.

Early attempts to penetrate Kurringe failed owing to the flooding of the Screw River. Walls radioed for supplies to be dropped at Ndaina, a nearby village, and over the next couple of days, reconnaissance was secretly carried out on Kurringe.

Three so called Jap Captains were apprehended and interrogated at Nunguaiia, and some information was obtained which proved fairly reliable.

On February 2 & 3 rescue and attack operations were successfully carried out in the various parts of Kurringe Village.

This account is based on a covering note from Lieut. McColl to D.S.I.O. New Guinea with Lieut. Walls’ report of the Kurringe Operations, but I don’t have Appendices C & D which list the names of rescued Indians, and captured Japanese, but from what I can gather, 3 Japanese were killed and 4 or 5 were captured – one Cpl. Khawasakhi was killed while attempting to escape by Numbia, a Native Policeman. Nine Indians were rescued, some in dire physical condition.

In his covering note Lieut. K.H. McColl stated: “Attached herewith is Lieut. R. K. Walls’ report to me of his activities in connection with the rescue of Indians from Japanese hands at Kurringe. His plans for the project were very sound, and were carried out with commendable despatch, and were highly successful. I concur with his remarks regarding Havildar Khazan Singh of 10/2 Punjab Regt., who, in my opinion, is a fine soldier.”

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Picture taken by visiting academics from Japan

December 15, 2012 at 11:50 pm (Angoram, Commentary, Papua New Guinea, Photos, Sepik River)

Dave Wall upriver from Angoram, 1969

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Christmas cards from Goya Henry

December 15, 2012 at 5:45 am (Australian Aviation, Commentary)

Click on link below:

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Mug shot of number 152, where is this character?

December 15, 2012 at 2:48 am (Commentary, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, Photos, Sepik River)



Number 152: Australia’s most wanted!

He was last reported in the backblocks of Manila in the Philippines,

and was said to be arranging

a clandestine visit to the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea.

His past report shows that he could be up to anything.

In the far reaches of the Keram River, in the village of Kekten,

there is said to live many of his old associates, who in

the past were instrumental in polluting the Murik Lakes

with the deadly residual insecticide DDT.

The late William Eichhorn MBE  observed his activities

in the Keram River area in 2009,

and Peter Johnson CBE has a complete dossier on this individual.

If you see him, do not approach him, do not attempt to speak to him.

If he leaves the area, get a description of him to the nearest police station.

There is a substantial reward for information about this illegal character,

which includes a luxury trip to Broome in Western Australia,

and a month of camping on  James Price Point,

the ‘approved’ gas processing precinct in the Kimberley!



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A duffer I am, if ever there was one!

December 14, 2012 at 12:00 pm (Commentary, David Wall)

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'When, in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate,...'

The opening words from the Bard's sonnet somehow sum up what
I'm feeling after
the con job done on me
by the scammers of my email site, and to think it was  
through my stupidity that it all happened!

I only hope no one was conned to part with money,
but I'm left with the feeling that
I can't be trusted with email addresses.

Perhaps in time my confidence will be restored,
but for now, I feel like a real duffer!

Would that I could think of Deb and family,
and the many dear readers of my blog, for then, I would be 
inspired by the concluding thoughts of the sonnet:

'Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate
For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings,
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.'

Life can be sweet after all!

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Today my email account was hijacked!

December 13, 2012 at 10:32 am (Commentary, David Wall)

Like a fool I fell for one of the oldest tricks employed by computer crooks, and under the guise of freeing up my Yahoo email account I revealed my password. This led to my email contacts getting scam emails requesting money under my name.

I’ve now closed my email account, and I’m without an email address, until I open another one in my name.

So if you get a stupid email in my name asking for money ignore it!

My sincere apologies to all my readers and contacts!!


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