Final Blog Post

Reflecting on the overall CAT124 course, I’ve recognized that several of my personal biases while heading into the course have largely disintegrated or have morphed into a separate understanding of Papua New Guinea, and its colonial and de-colonial history.  For instance, being initially naïve to the culture and heritage of Papua New Guinea, I proceeded…

Aboutness Statement – 1935-1936 – Kerema Gulf District

Revised ‘aboutness’ statement: This volume focused on inspections; villages, roads, fences, and general infrastructure.  Patrol Officers took regular census of men, women, children, and infants; while cataloging marriage, death, general health and disease information.  Minute information regarding family bonus, wages and payments (including other than money payments), building and bridge construction, carriers employed, police taken…

Aboutness Statement for Port Moresby 1946 – 1948

This volume is about general maintenance of established westernization of the villages located just outside of the city of Port Moresby but within the geographical area of Port Moresby. Maintenance includes routine census, health and hygiene checkups, road evaluations, agriculture, and native villager observations. Some reports include inquiries, requests and payments of Native Compensation for…