Hon William Eichhorn MBE died, in Angoram Hospital.

May 1, 2011 at 1:56 am (Angoram, Wewak) (, , , , , , , )

Bill Eichhorn

Bill at Korogopa, on the banks of the Keram River, 2009

Email from Peter Johnson CBE:

“Whilst I was in Australia 15-28 April our former MHA, MP and Provincial Government Speaker, Hon William Eichhorn, MBE died in Angoram Hospital.   There was a service in Wewak and Bill was then taken to Korogopa for burial amongst his ancestors.   There will be many with memories of  Bill, and stories to tell. Please pass on to those of your
acquaintances to whom this sad news may be of interest.   Age?  Dunno, but I was
26 on arrival at Angoram in 1964, Bill had already broken with Fred and left his
position as teacher.   I guess he was about 75.   I was only told in passing

A tribute to Bill will be published later.

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Is there anyone out there who remembers or knows of Stuart Brown?

February 7, 2011 at 12:26 am (Angoram, Papua New Guinea, Wewak) (, , , , , )

Rob Parer wrote:

February 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Hi David,

I wonder if anyone remembers Stuart (Stuey) Brown ( Ghekko ) who was croc shooting/recruiting in the late 50s and told me so many wonderful stories of Angoram. In 1960 he was under the “Dog Act ” for the third time and the law was, after three times the person had to be deported.

My Dad ( Bob ) was in Wewak going south for three months and the OIC Police in Wewak told Dad about Stuey and Dad ,said, “send him up to Aitape as no grog there.”

So when I met the Gibbs’ Norseman weekly flight, Stuart walked up to me with a letter from Dad saying: “Herewith one Stuart Brown he is an alcoholic. Give him a room in our home at St Anna Plantation, and find something for him to do and make sure that he does not touch grog for if he does, he must be deported”

I was only 23 and here was a guy who I found out later had an amazing war record – an Officer who had been Mentioned in Dispatches twice and had escaped from the Germans twice! So, as he was good with a compass, he did the boundaries of a new Cocoa Plantation which we were going to hack out of the jungle across Raihu River from the Hansenite Colony (Now called Raihu Hospital).

After the war, he went to India and was in charge of a province. When he was in Aitape with us there was also a liklik Doctor Nevell there who had spent many years in India, so you can imagine the interesting stories they had to tell. The wonderful Nevell family went on to be based in Angoram.

Stuart stayed with us for two years and had to go to Australia, as he was diagnosed with TB. He was at the RSL Hospital at Pullenvale, Brisbane. I’m not sure when he passed away, or where he is buried. I would like to know.

I found him to be one of the finest men I have ever come across. And how privileged I was as a young man to have been influenced by a person with an enormous sense of fair play and honesty.

I salute the memory of a gentleman of the highest order.

Rob Parer

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The waters of the Sepik River are an elixir of political life!

January 7, 2011 at 1:06 am (Angoram, Michael Somare, Papua New Guinea) (, , , , , , )

It wasn’t Sogeri Secondary School that launched the political life of Sir Michael Somare or Cambridge University, Michael Johnson’s political endeavours, nor was it the London School of Economics, that propelled Ben Sana Wyatt into State politics but the waters of the Sepik River.

Sir Michael Somare, PM of PNG and his parents Ludwig Somare Sana and Painari all drank deeply of the Sepik River waters.

Michael Johnson, former member of the Federal Electorate of Ryan in Queensland and the son of Peter and Julie Johnson who brought Michael up on the banks of the Sepik River all drank of the waters.

 Ben Sana Wyatt, MLA, State member of Victoria Park in Western Australia whose parents, Cedric and Janine Wyatt, lived for years on and near the Sepik River are all familiar with the waters of the Sepik.

 All the parents of these political figures consumed vast quantities of Sepik River water and it is this that gave their offspring the fortitude to pursue their political lives.

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Shots of the Sepik River

October 24, 2010 at 2:48 am (Angoram, Papua New Guinea) (, , , )

Sepik River at Angoram 2

Children at play, Sepik River, Angoram

Sepik River at Angoram

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Two past residents of Angoram looking fit and well

October 9, 2010 at 1:53 am (Angoram, expatriates, Papua New Guinea) (, , , , , )

Sava Maksic & Sue Treutlein - Cairns October 2010

(Photo supplied by Marina Treutlein.)

As Marina said: “both looking good, fit and healthy”, and I would fully endorse this. Perhaps the waters of the Sepik River have something of the elixir of youth about them, and whatever else, I can only say, Sue & Sava, you both look remarkable.

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A trip to the Sepik in January, 1978

October 7, 2010 at 7:57 am (Angoram, Papua New Guinea, PNG, Wewak) (, , , , , , )

Dave Wall, Pete Johnson, Wewak

Boram Beach, Wewak & haus tambaran, Angoram

Boram Beach & Ron Perry, Wewak Hills

Cemetery end of the airstrip, Angoram

Angoram, Jim Koeser, Fr Dwyer in Gavien

Wewak gas depot & Wall and Johnson at Boram

Sepik River, Ron Perry, trade store

Tobacco Rd, Angoram, Las Kampani, Angoram & Wewak

Fr Fons Ruijter's setup in Gavien, his vehicle on Tobacco Rd, Angoram

Sub-district office, hospital, Angoram, Wom, Johnson & Koeser outside post office, Angoram


Priceless artefact

Angoram shots

Angoram, Perry & Wall in Wewak

Mankimasta, Angoram, Wewak, Pete Johnson, Cape Wom

Catholic Mission, Angoram, Wewak Road, Angoram

Wall, Johnson, Koeser and maybe Elizabeth, Sepik River

Wewak, Angoram & Wewak (?)

Boram, Dave Wall

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4 Killed in plane crash

October 6, 2010 at 7:06 am (Angoram, expatriates, Papua New Guinea, PNG) (, , , , , , , )

Donald Gordon, Niels & Mary Madsen – Angoram, 1960s  

 Photo supplied by Norm Wilson

Angoram tragedy

On the morning of Sunday, July 28, 1968, Niels Madsen’s recently purchased plane took off from the Angoram airstrip with four people aboard. It arrived in Mt Hagen. In the afternoon the plane crashed  after taking off from Mt Hagen airport and all aboard were killed.

People who were in Angoram on this day would remember it well as a tragic and anxious day. David Bretherton was in charge of the station and Peter Johnson ran the radio in the local post office. Ivan Solomon, Don Bosgard and Des Hill were all there, but they are no longer with us.

Niels and Mary Madsen were significant members of the expat Angoram community.

I’ll alert a number of people to this post who were in the Sepik at this time and perhaps they might like to comment.

(The newspaper report got the spelling of Madsen wrong. Niels was known to us as ‘Mads’.)

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The call of the river

September 21, 2010 at 7:11 am (Angoram, artifacts, David Wall, Deborah Ruiz Wall, Papua New Guinea) (, , , , , , , , , )

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!!

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C Wyatt, a legend in his own time, makes a visit.

September 10, 2010 at 1:36 am (Angoram, artifacts, expatriates, Papua New Guinea, PNG) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Cedric Wyatt, Rick Wyatt, CWyatt - a legend in his own time!

What a pleasure it was to see Rick after many years – an old expat Sepik hand – Education Officer, Cultural Development Officer and extraordinary character.

We spoke of many things and people – kiap(s), ol didiman, teachers,  missionaries, politicians, medical officers, medical assistants, malaria control officers, doktaboi(s), ol meri na misis, ol  mankimasta, traders, artefact buyers, educators, crocodile shooters, recruiters, the God fearing and the not so God fearing, canoes and the present state of PNG. These are just a glimpse of the depth of our discussions.

We were both intrigued with a rumour going around Angoram that the late Patoman, a mankimasta/butler, who had served many expats in the past, did leave a memoir, dictated to a tourist and written down in the 1980s just before he died. This manuscript, if it exists, would be a priceless document for a social historian researching the Sepik.

In life it’s a wonderful thing to catch up with old friends, especially ones of the calibre of Rick.

(To the locals Rick was mainly known as CWyatt, particularly in Kaup, a coastal village where he spent a considerable time as a teacher.)

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Professor Hank Nelson comments

April 18, 2010 at 5:20 am (Angoram, David Wall, expatriates, Love on the Run, Pacific war, Papua New Guinea, Sepik Blu Longpela Muruk, Temlett Conibeer) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Letter from Professor Hank Nelson

I was so grateful to receive the above from Hank Nelson. The now late Professor Hank Nelson was a wonderful man and great academic.

See: http://ips.cap.anu.edu.au/ssgm/nelson-obituary/index.php

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