Final Analysis – Volume 10: Pangia, Southern Highlands, 1970-1971

I was assigned to read through Volume 10 of the patrol reports.  After reading through almost 174 pages (I must admit, some pages were illegible due to the natural wear-and-tear of history), I was able to construct the Aboutness statement below: “This volume contains 8 patrol reports, with patrols conducted throughout the Pangia sub-district in…

Words and Representation

In identifying, the subject terms for my patrol reports and the overall volume I relied heavily on textual repetitiveness and frequent use of specific terminology.  I found it fairly-easy to recognize and compile the list into a specified key-terms section of my patrol report spreadsheet.  Additionally, I chose these specific terms because I felt it…

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…

Cultural Context of the Gulf District, Kerema in 1935 – 1936.

Kerema, which is the provincial capital of the Gulf District, is located on the southern coast of Papua New Guinea, and due north of Queensland, Australia.  According to the National Archives of Australia, Papua New Guinea was proclaimed a Class ‘C’ mandate from the League of Nations in 1921, which gave Australia sweeping new powers…

Cultural Context of the East Sepik District, Yangoru from 1949-53

I was very excited to begin my research of my assigned patrol report volume, which is that of the East Sepik District, Yangoru from the years 1949 to 1953. I was intrigued whilst reading the actual patrol reports from the collection, for they are valuable primary sources from eyewitnesses of the actual colonization process. However,…

Cultural Context SHD Pangia Vincent Rojas

Papua New Guinea’s Southern Highlands District Pangia seems to be one of the most remote areas of exploration when looking at the diary’s and patrol reports of the Kiaps during the years of 1969-1970.  For one, the patrol officers always seem to note the rainy weather and the lack of proper roads to access certain…