On Patrol in Papua New Guinea

Before Papua New Guinea gained independence in 1975, thousands of Australian men took on the challenge to forge careers as patrol officers, or 'Kiaps'. The pidgin term kiap is derived from the German word for captain, kapitän.

A larger selection of photographs can be viewed on our flickr site. We've included some of the information provided by visitors to that site on these pages and in our exhibition display.

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    On dental patrol, 1948
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    Payday for medical services, 1948
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    School for Kiaps, 1960
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    Sogeri barracks, 1950
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    Aiome Patrol Post, 1956
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    Meeting at Pila Pila, 1950
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    Kula canoe, 1948
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    Summit meeting, 1948
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    Ceremonial exchange, 1950
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    Yam storehouse, 1948
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    Bartering for vegetables, 1950
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    John Guise, 1964
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