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Book Launch : Lively Tales from Papua New Guinea | Redcliffe Library

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Lively Tales from Papua New Guinea is narrated by a young Australian teacher who went to Papua New Guinea in 1964 and stayed as the country began its journey to Independence in the 1970s.

It records the experiences many Australian expats were privileged to have during their time in Papua New Guinea. As the author says: We expats gave our best for the country we grew to love. We left a part of our hearts there’.

The author’s story is woven around that of a country history almost forgot. The forests, the mountain ranges, the oceans, the villagers and their customs are all richly illustrated. European contact, exploration and administration, the effects of two wars on a small island, and its achievement of independence are told. As the author says:

‘My own story which seemed fairly ordinary at the time now appears, even to me, to illustrate an era of Australia’s history that was quite exemplary. True, we were colonists. We were not perfect either as individuals or as administrators, but on the whole we succeeded in bringing an end to our responsibilities in PNG in good time and with good will. It was an historic era and Australia played its part fairly well’.

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