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 Post subject: Una Voce
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:09 am 
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The Browns and the Sinclairs have been friends for years, brought closer by the final two years in Port Moresby and, in retirement, by telephone calls, get-togethers and visits. (Sometimes I still have mental conversations with Jim about New Guinea issues.)

That said, I was confused by Chris Warrillow’s report in the March issue of the Papua New Guinea Association's magazine (Una Voce) in which he twice stated that Jim was “the last of the Australian District Commissioners.”

Did he mean that Jim was the last of the former Australian District Commissioners to survive, or did he mean that Jim was the last Australian to be promoted to the position of District Commissioner?

I would suggest that neither proposition is correct.

Fred (FPC) Kaad, Keith Dyer (KW) and I are still alive. We were all formally appointed District Commissioners—provisionally promoted and confirmed. I think that we may be the only surviving former DCs.

As to the second proposition: Jim was promoted to District Commissioner at the same time as Mert (MW) Brightwell, Ken (KA) Brown and Bob (B) Bunting on 10th June 1971, but they were not the last to be promoted. Len (RL) Aisbett and Jack (JW) Worcester had that distinction. They were provisionally promoted and there were appeals. Stan (SJ) Pearsall chaired the Appeals Committee. Geoff (CG) Littler was an unsuccessful appellant. Aisbett and Worcester were confirmed but their promotions came too late in the game for them to take up a District role.

I sent an email to Chris Warrillow seeking clarification. He was travelling between Cairns and Melbourne at the time. He had not seen the latest Una Voce, but his reply was prompt. He had not attended the 2017 Kiaps Reunion and he had not written a report for Una Voce.

Crossword Clue: Confused PNG association magazine - CANOEVU (anagram 3,4)
Solution – UNA VOCE

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 Post subject: Re: Una Voce
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:31 am 
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I wrote it Bill, and I apologise to you and Fred and Keith as at the time of writing I forgot about you. Sorry about that.

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 Post subject: Re: Una Voce
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:28 pm 
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Fred Kaad! Now we all pale into insignificance. He lectured at ASOPA , the advanced diploma in local government. Always in absolute pain in his wheel chair following his accident in TPNG. Gave me best mark in Public Administration 1968 when I was absent during my fathers terminal illness. Kind deed never forgotten.


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 Post subject: Una Voce - AGAIN!
PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2018 9:59 pm 
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The hard copy of Una Voce No2 -2018 is on the streets and seemingly as a result of some emails, and my post to the exkiap.net on March 13, some minor changes have been made.

Chips McKellar has replaced Chris Warrillow as the author of the article reporting the 2017 Kiap Reunion on the Queensland Sunshine Coast and the ode, the Patrol Post up in the Sky, has been reset with more white space. With all that time and effort, one wonders why the glaring error was wholly ignored.

Elsewhere in Una Voce No2 -2018, on page 6, Keith Dyer's statement "If anyone can claim to be the last Australian kiap still standing … it might be me" may be literally correct but is an unfortunate choice of words, or completely lacking in sensitivity.

Former District Commissioner Fred (FPC) Kaad OBE is still with us, but he has not been standing since September 1964. He has been confined to wheelchair ever since the single-engine Dornier in which he was a passenger crashed on take-off from Tauta airstrip, not far from Dumpu in the Ramu Valley.

To clarify the relativities: Kaad was born in September 1920, Dyer was born in May 1923. Kaad was appointed Patrol Officer in the Civil Administration on 9 March 1946. Dyer was appointed six months later on 16 September.

Maybe it is time for the Association to inform the membership that F P C Kaad OBE—one of two PNGAA Patrons—at 97 (almost 98) is the oldest surviving kiap and the most senior in terms of initial appointment.

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 Post subject: Re: Una Voce
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 9:39 am 
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Apart from being the oldest surviving ex-kiap I'd like to nominate Fred Kaad as the toughest man alive - what a life!


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 Post subject: Re: Una Voce
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 1:04 pm 
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I will second that!


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 Post subject: Re: Una Voce
PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 10:54 pm 
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Jack (Humphrey) and Phil (Fitzpatrick) have given my mundane Una Voce thread an inspiring new direction, and I am following their lead. I have tidied up a message delivered at Fred Kaad’s 90th Birthday Celebration in September 2010.

Vin Smith and I, among many others, were invited to attend. Assistant District Commissioner E V Smith was one of the passengers in the rear of the Dornier that tragically crashed. He flew down from Brisbane for the party. I was laid up, unable to attend, but I managed to send a message to Fred which they read out at the celebratory event. The message is almost eight years old but in case it of interest, here it is:

Freddy,

At the end of 1953, you had just completed two years at ASOPA, and early in 1954, you returned to the Territory.

You became Assistant District Officer, in charge of the Goroka Sub-district. Ian Down’s was the District Commissioner, and Ian had many passions. One of them was his rugby league football team.

I do not know whether you volunteered to play. You would have been conscripted you if you had not done so.

You had been renowned in athletics for your speed as a hurdler. Faster than a speeding bullet, you should have played on the wing, but with Ian as five-eight, you would never have seen the ball. You became Goroka’s famed inside centre.

Ray Harris’s DeHavilland Dragon used to pick me up from Kainantu, and the Kaads always gave me a bed. After one game, you and June took me to a barbecue at Bobby and Jeannie Gibbes. They lived out of town, on the top of a hill. June was quite pregnant, but you still scorched up the 4-wheel drive access track in that Holden sedan.

Bobby’s greeting was: “Freddie, you are going to have another daughter. The way you drive would shake the nuts off anything!” And Bobby was right again, and again!

I departed the Highlands before you shot to stardom in the movie Walk into Paradise, but in 1956 you were posted to Maprik and dashed around like a hornet in a short-wheelbase Land Rover.

You pioneered the construction of huts with Adobe (rammed earth) walls, and you started aquaculture. You built above-the-ground fishponds bigger than tennis courts.

And then the rains came. The Adobe walls survived, but not the banks of the fishponds. Your fish washed downstream into the mighty Sepik. Within a few short months, those fingerlings grew to an enormous size.

There were so many that the river of water became a river of fish. Everybody and everything gorged on Freddie’s fish.

The crocodiles grew bigger. The waterfowl could barely fly. The lithesome maidens became buxom and rotund as they ate and they ate. They would not work, and they would not cook. They would not dance, and they would not prance. The population declined.

You changed an ecosystem, and you changed a culture. The Sepik River flowed almost solid, brimful of Tilapia.

In 1957, you became District Officer, Wewak, and then took over as acting District Commissioner, Sepik. You loaned me the DC’s beautiful big black limousine to romance a newly arrived nursing sister. Things were going swimmingly until the young lady failed June’s acid test.

Romance went out the door, and I was banished back to the bush. You moved on, to University, and to greater heights.

Frederick Peter Christian Kaad OBE, there are very few people who can claim a mentor and a friend who has been a never-failing inspiration for more than 56 years, but I can. You have been mine.

My very best wishes for your 90th birthday. Have a marvellous day. I wish you many more.




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 Post subject: Re: Una Voce
PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:12 am 
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Dear Bill.I perused our patrol reports for Kaad.
22/8/1943.Fred is WOII AIF patrolling IOMA-Waria and small Goilala.
mentions numbers of linesmen working on Morobe-Dobodura communications line.
12/10/43-21/10/1943.OPI-KAMUSI area
Native Situation,” In one area,the mid OPI,this was the first District Service routine patrol through ,since the Japanese had left.But the people had settled back into normal village life,and all sign of fear of the enemy had now disappeared.And this despite the fact that bombs had been dropped in the District within the last week.”
The emphasis of the patrols is to re-establish rest houses,and government gardens.The ORO bay was now the focus,and I assume fresh foods were needed there.
Allan Powell’s,The Third Force mentions”The Fienbergs were with Kaad at Aitape”
So we know that Kaad would appear to be the senior Angau Officer at Aitape,and the Fienbergs his senior officers.
Please refer us to Kaad autobiographical notes or published memoirs.Was he also in the Kokoda campaign?Did he land at Aitape with the Americans or arrive on”taking over”.Respect to Fred......


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 Post subject: Re: Una Voce
PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:28 am 
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Martin

I think there is some error in the reasoning behind your statement "So we know that Kaad would appear to be the senior Angau Officer at Aitape, and the Fienbergs his senior officers." Kaad was certainly NOT the senior ANGAU officer at Aitape.

I have a copy of Special Report No3 to 17th Australian Brigade dated 15 October 1945 which contains a diagram illustration of the organizational relationship between Brigade Headquarters and ANGAU in the Aitape area following the landing. It also details the ANGAU organizational structure and strengths. An attachment gives the following additional details:

A.D.O.
Bob Cole
Patrol Officers
Col. O'Loghlen, Fred Kaad, Jim Graham, Jerry Monk, Bob Mackie, Len Bridgers, W/O Armstrong, Phil Fienberg, Tom Healy, Dick Booker, W/O McRae
E.M.As
Sgt. Irvine, Sgt. Fulton

Sorry to rock you theory,
Bill Brown

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 Post subject: Re: Una Voce & Fred Kaad
PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:37 am 
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This topic has become centred around Fred Kaad so I will re-edit the subject headings of these postings after I finished this comment.

I have a personal things to say about Fred (all complimentary of course, how could they be otherwise ….) but I'll save this until another day after I've given myself time to compose my tribute.

Meanwhile I would like to draw reader's attention to the PNGAA 2007 release of the DVD "Walk into Paradise". In the "Special Features" section of the DVD there is a great 20 minute interview with Fred Kaad. One of the poignant parts of the interview (and poignant is not the exact word I'm searching for but I can't think of a better word at this moment in time) is when Fred remarks that this movie is the only time his children have seen him walk. Fred does comment that his eldest child would have seen him walking pre-accident but would have forgotten.

Moving on, for those who have not seen this movie then I would recommend purchasing it for a variety of reasons. Even the "Behind the Scenes" chapter of the "Special Features" is quite interesting. I think that the DVD it may still be available from the PNGAA.

Peter.

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 Post subject: Re: Una Voce
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:58 pm 
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D.M.Fienberg of course plus J.Searson,Patrol instructions Aitape from Niall.And of course Allan Gow.
But the description of Angau at Aitape ,who accompanied the Americans on their initial sweep to Serra,
and of course Monk who was also ADO also based at Aitape.....
Des Martin wanted to tell me he met Wally Hook,the moment passed,any Kaad material.?..

When the Americans landed the AUGAU detachment included,FELO M Z and liaison and intelligence officers.The time period you mention is correct after,D.M.Fienberg and others moved to Maprik,Dreikikir,and accompanied the 6th to Wewak,7th towards Maprik.. The time you mentioned was a contraction back to Aitape,where the stockade was.

I referred to AIF it should have been AMF.AUGAU became ANGAU.
Lt.Fulton describes the results of the American and RPNGC pursuit of Jap stragglers which was before
Kaad And others patrolled.Therefore I was pondering the ANGAU involvement in the actual initial push,where Wally Hook met his end ,and the flanking engagement that stopped the east to west Jap fight back.I will consolidate Kaad,who I thought had written of himself.


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