The famous did really visit Angoram!

April 8, 2013 at 7:28 am (Angoram, Commentary, Sepik River)

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( I hope you are able to access the above link.)

This photo has a bit of history about it. In 1969 a group of Japanese academics from Kyoto City University visited the Sepik, and stayed for a number of weeks in Angoram, collecting artefacts, and even some human skulls – a Sepik art form. They did linguistic and anthropological studies in the area.

The leader of the group was a professor of English, and a veteran of the Japanese campaign in China during WW II – a charming and distinguished gentleman. There were two other young men who were associate professors, and a beautiful young woman – an anthropologist.

They all had an extraordinary capacity for Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky, which we all consumed in a convivial atmosphere of discussions with no language problems. I have the names of each member of the visiting party in a trunk somewhere or other in my attic.

Back to the subject of the photo. This was taken by one of the Japanese from a river boat that they were travelling on – on their way to Pagwai and hence to Maprik. I was also on my way upriver on a patrol in a canoe – from memory, to the Middle Sepik. The photographer called out to me after taking the picture –  ”Come to Kyoto, David,  it’s your city!”

So much for the international flavour of the old Angoram.

Oh, yes, this is the first photo my wife, Deborah, saw of me, so it must have something about it!!

Margaret Olley visited Angoram.  See:  http://asopa.typepad.com/asopa_people/2011/07/margaret-olley-artist-had-a-png-connection.html

Others include:

MARGARET MEAD
THE UN DELEGATION PRIOR TO INDEPENDENCE
MICHAEL SOMARE
ANDREW PEACOCK
FRENCH FILM CREW
JOHN PASQUARELLI
AND WHOLE LOTS MORE… ( This information was provided by a past resident of Angoram, and respected reader of this blog.)

I did see Bill Hayden in Angoram.

Administrators from 1945 – 1973 all visited, I’m sure: Murray, Cleland, Hay and Johnson.

In truth, we may not have seen Chairman Mao, and those illustrious North Korean leaders, but without a doubt, the great, talented, and noble, did indeed come to Angoram.

This is to say nothing of those who lived there!!

See: https://deberigny.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/an-autobiography/

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1 Comment

  1. Antony Ruhan said,

    Who is the good looking young man standing up in the canoe? You said that there would be a snap of you, David.

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