Copra production and road construction were the main key terms that I used. I chose these key terms because they were the main topics that were focused on in my volume. Before reading these patrol reports I had no idea what the word copra meant. And I thought about changing it to dry coconut production instead of copra, but then I figured that most people who’ll go through these reports would know what copra is. For my patrol report observations I tried to summarize from the perspective of the patrol officer rather than my own.
My partner and I used some similar key terms like copra production and the names of the primary schools in the West New Britain area. However, his patrol reports were from the early 1960’s while mine were from 1968-1969. I’m not sure if there was more of a push to construct roads in my assigned time period because Papua New Guinea would gain independence only five years after my patrol reports were recorded. My partner’s reports did not focus on road construction, but it centered more on the description of the area and its people.
When I was thinking about what words to use to summarize the patrol reports I wanted to remain unbiased with my point of view and try to retell the patrol reports from the perspective of the patrol officers. There were many different patrol officers in the volume that I was assigned. There were eight different patrol officers out of the nine patrol reports I reviewed. Even though there were eight different patrol officers there was not much variety of thoughts recorded by them. The main concern for most of the patrol reports was the progress of the roads being constructed. Also, the increase of copra production was another one of the main objections of these patrol reports. There was for the most part mundane activity recorded. However, in one of the later reports a patrol officer did use the word “envy” to describe the surrounding villages of places being to thrive. I thought that it was interesting to read about his point of view of what was going on in West New Britain.