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PNG By Phil Gre­gory (Lynx Edi­cions)

This is the first field guide to cover the en­tire New Guinea re­gion, in­clud­ing the Bismarck Ar­chi­pel­ago and Bougainville. All of the 943 bird species known to oc­cur through­out PNG are cov­ered, in­clud­ing doves, king­fish­ers, par­rots, hon­eyeaters and birds of par­adise. The book has some 1780 il­lus­tra­tions. The au­thor has over 25 years ex­pe­ri­ence in the re­gion and lived in PNG for seven years.

By Peter Phelps (Ha­chette)

Too old to fight and with jobs scarce at home, Aus­tralian Tom Phelps finds work as a car­pen­ter in the gold­fields of the New Guinea High­lands in 1942. No one ex­pects the Ja­panese to at­tack in the Pa­cific. But when they do, Phelps and his mates aren’t go­ing to hang around and wait to be killed. With es­cape routes bombed by the Ja­panese, their only op­tion is to try to reach safety by foot, through some of the most rugged ter­rain on Earth – the Bull­dog Track.

By David At­ten­bor­ough (Ha­chette)

In the 1950s, a young David At­ten­bor­ough roamed from Mada­gas­car and New Guinea to the Pa­cific Is­lands. He and his cam­era­man com­pan­ion were aim­ing to record not just the wildlife, but the way of life of some of the in­dige­nous peo­ple of th­ese re­gions. From the sing-sings of New Guinea, to a Royal Kava cer­e­mony on Tonga, At­ten­bor­ough records not only cul­ture but re­mark­able en­coun­ters with wildlife.

By Robert Forster (Self-pub­lished,


coun­try as a kiap was in the 1960s and 70s. The his­tory of ki­aps work­ing in PNG up to the end of the 1950s has been well cov­ered, but Forster writes about the is­sues faced by vil­lage peo­ple and their civil ser­vice dur­ing the less-well doc­u­mented ap­proach to in­de­pen­dence in 1975.

Com­piled by Gayle Th­waites (PNGAA)

This book has been pub­lished by the Pa­pua New Guinea As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia ( and re­counts the ex­pe­ri­ences of civil­ians and sol­diers liv­ing in Rabaul, Kavieng and the New Guinea is­lands at the out­break of World War 2, as well as the sink­ing of SS Mon­te­v­ideo Maru.


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