A True Child of Pa­pua New Guinea: Memoir of a Life Be­tween Two Worlds

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By Mag­gie Wil­son (McFarland)

Born in the High­lands of PNG, Mag­gie Wil­son was the daugh­ter of Melka Amp Jara and Pa­trick Leahy, the older brother of Michael and Daniel Leahy, who are con­sid­ered among the first known Aus­tralian ex­plor­ers to en­counter peo­ple in the High­lands. Wil­son, who died in 2009, started this book as an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. James Cook Univer­sity an­thro­pol­o­gist Rosita Henry fin­ished the man­u­script and trans­formed it into a bi­o­graph­i­cal ethnog­ra­phy on pol­i­tics. The book pro­vides a win­dow into the changes brought upon PNG dur­ing the Aus­tralian ad­min­is­tra­tion and the first three decades after its in­de­pen­dence in 1975.

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