Tag Archives: Papua New Guinea

George Warfe School, Kamiatum, Papua New Guinea – An Update.

Long ago, in March, 2014, I announced that the small community of Kamiatum, just inland from Salamaua in Papua New Guinea, had decided to name their new elementary school after a prominent WW2 and post-war Australian soldier and infantry commander, Colonel George Warfe, D.S.O., M.C., E.D. Due to a lack of local resources and the challenge of maintaining effective

Mullalyup to Mississippi – An RAAF Airman’s Journey.

In many ways, Flight Sergeant Edgar Horace Hawter was not unlike the thousands of other Australians of his generation who volunteered to serve their country in the Second World War and never returned. He was certainly not alone in being recorded, initially, as ‘Missing.’ Hawter’s remains, however, were found, but could not be positively identified and thus separated,

A Follow-up to “Indigenous Recognition – Papua and New Guinea, WW2.”

On the 8th of December, 2013 I posted an entry on the subject of the indigenous people of Papua and New Guinea and their assistance to the Allied efforts in their homeland against the Japanese invaders during the War in the Pacific. The intention was to counter, in a small way, the impression given in some quarters that

Friend or Potential Foe? The Difficult Position of the Indigenous in PNG in WW2.

I have written previously about the official recognition of the assistance of the indigenous people of Papua and New Guinea to Australian military forces in the war against Japan. Certainly without their skills and commitment to our cause, the war, particularly in the first 18 months, would have been much harder. However to paint these people as one-dimensional,

News – School in PNG to be named after Australian Soldier.

I’ve written briefly in a previous post about the Australian soldier Colonel George Warfe, M.C., D.S.O., who fought in a number of theatres in World War Two. Neither I, nor, I suspect would he, had he not passed away in 1975, make any claims that he was the bravest, most experienced, or most tactically superior of our many

The Bui Warfe Memorial Museum, Kamiatum, Papua New Guinea.

Kamiatum is a collection of family-based hamlets or ‘camps’ located in the Burali Valley of Papua New Guinea. Just half a day’s walk from the seaside settlement of Salamaua in the south-east corner of the Huon Gulf, Kamiatum and surrounding areas have a rich military history from the period 1942-43. Sadly, very few know of this context, and

Memory and Meaning – Timbered Knoll 70 Years On.

I don’t know where this commemorative plaque (pictured) is now, but in 2008 I placed it in a grassed clearing on an obscure ridge in the vicinity of Salamaua, Papua New Guinea. I was guided there by an Australian who, like me, had been researching the military history of the area, but whom I have since fallen out

Desertion in Papua.

While recently scanning through downloaded WW2 Australian Army War Diary files (courtesy of the Australian War Memorial) during one of my not-uncommon periods of procrastination, I stumbled upon an intriguing story concerning of a behaviour we almost never hear about in popular military history: desertion to the enemy during a time of war. While charges of desertion were