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Leonard Fong Roka
Brokenville is personal account of growing up on Bougainville in Papua New Guinea during the ten-year civil war that raged following the forced closure of the Panguna Mine by the Bougainville Revolutionary Army. Thousands of people died during the war, either from violence or starvation and disease.
The author’s father was a casualty of the conflict.
Graham Taylor
Graham Taylor was a 'Kiap', or Patrol Officer in the then Territory of Papua and New Guinea administered by Australia between 1948 and 1958, a crucial time of rebuilding and consolidation following World War Two. His memoir describes those times and provides a historical context for a period often forgotten.
Norma Griffin, Anne Griffin 
An interesting situation awaits the bride from Ballarat as she sails to the Territory of New Guinea in 1947 to begin married life with her patrol officer husband. The Pacific War has left much of her new land in ruins; much of the country is still unmapped or uncontrolled. Japanese soldiers remain in the mountains. Sorcerers and spirits rule the native people, and a cargo cult is creating unrest in her husband’s district on the Rai Coast. In Saidor Story, we accompany bride Norma Griffin as she tries to negotiate this harsh, sometimes hostile, frontier world. 
Philip Fitzpatrick
First came the kiaps - the patrol officers - they explored the country, established the outposts and introduced the rule of law.
The work was often dangerous and the conditions were primitive and the young men attracted to it tended to “walk to the beat of a different drummer”. With dogged perseverance, dedication and a studied understatement they helped bring the emerging nation of Papua New Guinea to independence.
Philip Fitzpatrick went to Papua New Guinea in 1967 as a Cadet Patrol Officer and left in 1973.
​By Philip Fitzpatrick
Elizabeth was a dream born out of the optimism following the Second World War. The force behind its creation was the need for South Australia to diversify its rural economy coupled with the drive by the Commonwealth of Australia, under its ‘populate or perish’ policy, to bring migrants to the country. The author’s family was one of thousands that took up the offer to migrate to Australia. These families left their homelands carrying only a few precious belongings and a great hope for the future. For some the move was a disappointment but for most it was a new start and they established and built fulfilling lives in their new home. The 1950s and 60s were the golden years for Elizabeth. It was a new and modern city in a healthy climate with space to grow and plenty of work for all. There were struggles and hard times but to be a ten pound Pom living in Tom Playford’s ‘satellite’ city of Elizabeth at that time was something special. This is the sentiment that informs this memoir. Hopefully others will be able to relate to it.
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