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Patrol Into Yesterday

McCarthy, J K

Editorial: F W Cheshire, Melbourne, 1963
Condición: NF Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Keith McCarthy began his career as a young Papua New Guinea (PNG) Administration patrol officer in 1927, at a time when the territory was in the early phase of adapting a primative and often savage people to more civilised society. In his 40+ years involvement in the governance of PNG he rose to be director of Native Affairs and a PNG Legislative Councillor. Before that, however, there were many long and arduous, often dangerous patrols into the rugged interior of the territory where the natives remained isolated and barbaric with McCarthy frequently the first European they had encountered. His duties also took him to some of the territory's island groups which then largely remained in a primative environment. As well as the dangers faced when patrolling previously unexplored regions there were also natural hazards such as earthquakes and tsunami, fierce weather events and, shortly after his marriage he and wife Jean ( just arrived in Rabaul) experience the huge volcanic eruption of 1937 which wrecked the town (then capital for PNG) and its port. Soon after there was war with Germany and then Japan, which saw the author become one of the dedicated PNG "hands" who served behind the lines as coastwatchers, observing and reporting Japanese military and naval movements and assisting many Australian and US military personnel to return to Allied territory. With the return of peace the author continued his pre-war service, assisting with the restoration of the administration responsibilities, which included preparing for the independence of PNG, on which the author expresses his views in the concluding pages. Keith McCarthy, in this fine book, has produced an amazing story of the role of the patrol officers, their experiences, influence on the primative people in the period between the two World Wars, with many instances of courage and tragedy while introducing the mores of civilisation to an ancient people and bringing them to the point of independence. First edition from Cheshire of 1963, 252 pages including index, 40+ b/w photographs, double page photographic background to title page, colour tone e/paper maps, two double page maps in text, ethnic drawings on the sub-title pages to the book's three parts. Brown hard covers with gilt spine titles and gilt Sepik mask decoration to front board are NF with hint wear lower front corners, small and unobrusive ink gift inscription top corner FFEP, text block otherwise NF with no other inscriptions. Colour pictorial DJ is price clipped but otherwise VG+. Size: 24cm By16cm. N° de ref. de la librería 004957

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Título: Patrol Into Yesterday

Editorial: F W Cheshire, Melbourne

Año de publicación: 1963

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Ilustrador: Photos, Maps, Drawings

Condición del libro:NF

Condición de la sobrecubierta: VG+

Edición: 1st

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