Australian Women in Papua New Guinea: Colonial Passages by Chilla Bulbeck

By Chilla Bulbeck

By the point Australia withdrew from Papua New Guinea in 1975, approximately 10,000 Australian girls had lived there at a few level considering that 1920. Many got here with their husbands who have been missionaries, plantation vendors or govt directors whereas a number of others got here in their personal initiative operating as academics, scientific practitioners, nurses and missionaries. Australian girls in Papua New Guinea is an evocative and compelling account of the reviews of those girls in Papua New Guinea among the Twenties and Nineteen Sixties. The ebook is predicated on oral interviews and the written documentation of 19 girls and is written opposed to a backdrop of reliable colonial affairs.

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Many more people gained their images of the tropics and its peoples from novels and travelogues than from the texts of Social Darwinism, to be discussed in Chapters S and 7. In the 1890s, Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad and Henry Lawson Reached maturity and found their respective literary voices'. 22 If Kipling brought India home to the mother country, Conrad became the * Kipling of the Malay Archipelago'; 'He has annexed the Malay Peninsula for us'. 23 Sunderland argues that these were not the voices of self-satisfied imperial rule, which had been irretrievably lost following the Indian Mutiny of 1857, the Maori Wars of the 1860s, the Taiping Rebellion and the Jamaica Uprising of 1865.

These areas were gradually brought under control through the base camp system. 12 Thus Joyce Walker, when a mission sister in Mendi, required an escort-to move beyond a mile's radius from the base camp. Doctor Joan Refshauge too, although unwillingly, was required to enter the villages under police escort. Marjorie Murphy, against official policy, went with her husband on patrol into uncontrolled areas. 13 Well into the 1960s the Magistrate had no special training and he was invariably white. Beneath the magistrate were the village constables and the native police.

Ceremony over and we moved outside and I said 'Look at that strange cloud'. Then someone said 'That is not a cloud, it is an eruption'. Everyone stood still as the implications of this sank in. Then we all got into the cars and went down to the waterfront to get a good look. And I am glad we did, the risk was well worth the experience of seeing so spectacularly awesome an event of our planet. But as we gazed with uneasy eyes at a mountain of pumice ash pouring out of the sea we looked up and noticed the top part was already beginning to fall towards us.

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