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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:24 am 

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Vale Barry Holloway.

Taskul, Namatanai, Konos, Kavieng, Mendi, Munhiu, Komo, Tari, Nipa, Ialibu

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:46 am 

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DOSS: 10 Feb 1971
SIR Barry Holloway arrived in PNG from Australia 60 years ago in 1953 as an 18-year-old trainee kiap. He passed away on Wednesday, age 78. He will be remembered as a kiap, politician, statesman and a friend of the people.
Sir Barry Holloway passes away


ELDERLY statesman, kiap, politician and one of the country’s designers of our constitution, Sir Barry Holloway, has died in Brisbane.

He was 78 years old.

Sir Barry Holloway was 18 years old when he arrived in Port Moresby in 1953, after responding to a newspaper advertisement seeking patrol officers in Papua New Guinea.

In a recent interview with ABC, the late Sir Barry said: “We started a six-week orientation course. We were given basic multi-functional activities to do, such as learning how to map, how to handle government stores and all sorts of clerical work which really dampened our spirits somewhat, because we were coming up for high adventure,” he said.

After two years with a senior patrol officer on the island of Bougainville, he was sent off on his own to man a remote outpost in Madang Province.

He was the police chief, magistrate, jailer and census taker all at the same time.
Sir Barry recalled his first trip into an uncontrolled area to settle a violent dispute between two tribes.

“After three weeks, the whole crowd of about 600 to 700 would be massing around,” he said.

“The other side would explain the past history of vendetta ...so we disarmed them.
“We demonstrated the power of the .303 rifle by lining up about five shields, making a dum-dum out of a bullet, and showing how it would come out a great gap at the other side.

“Because to the people these (the rifles) were just sticks, and had no meaning until we demonstrated their power.”

He later settled in Kainantu and was elected as the Regional Member for Eastern Highlands in the then House of Assembly where he was elected as the Speaker of the house.

In 1967 with the support of other likeminded leaders at that time formed the Papua New Guinea Union (Pangu) Party. Sir Barry was with Nicholas Brokham, Wegra Kenu, Siwi Kurondo, Paul Lapun, Pita Lus, James Meangarum, Paliau Moloat and Voutas. The other founding members of the party were: Cecil Abel, Pen Anakapu, Gerai Asiba, Ilimo Batton, Cromwell Burau, Elliot Elijah, Sinaka Goava, Albert Maori Kiki, Basil Koe, Joseph Nombri, Oala Oala-Rarua, Ebia Olewale, Gavera Rea, Somare, Reuben Taureka, Epel Tito, Vin Tobaining, Thomas Tobunbun and Kamona Walo.
Apart from forming Pangu party, Sir Barry was also among a group of visionary Papua New Guineans who wrote the constitution — a document that would later become the corner stone of a young nation. Their wisdom and vision was conveyed in five goals set out in the preamble in the National Goals and Directive Principles.
In the recent 2012 general elections Sir Barry stood again for the Eastern Highlands regional seat and came second, demonstrating the concern he had for the people of Eastern highlands and PNG.

The elections results also demonstrated the big following and respect the people of Eastern Highlands had for him.

PNG loses a true statesman

PAPUA New Guinea has lost a true leader and senior statesman — Sir Barry Blight Holloway.

Former commander of PNG Defence Force, Jerry Singirok paid tribute to what he has described as a great leader.

Mr Singirok was chairman of the Guns Control Committee from 2005-2007 when the late Sir Barry was a member of the committee and they travelled extensively throughout the country seeking the views of the people.

“(Sir Barry) served Papua New Guinea uninterrupted for his entire life, a period spanning just over sixty years when he first arrived as a patrol officer in 1953,” Mr Singirok said.

“This feat can never be repeated of a person who believed and had a passion for Papua New Guinea and had so much concern for the future destiny of Papua New Guinea.

“He demonstrated a high level of commitment, professionalism and caliber based on his intellectual capacity and precision in all facets of political, economic and social advice.

“(Sir Barry) was articulate and honest when dealing with individuals and groups. He never endeavoured to enrich himself but he endeavoured to assist others. He performed his tasks diligently and was a mentor and a role model to many,” Mr Singirok said.

He said in the recent 2012 general elections when Sir Barry stood for the Eastern Highlands regional seat and came second, demonstrated the concern he had for the people of Eastern Highlands and PNG.

“The election results also demonstrated the big following and respect the people of Eastern Highlands had for him,” Mr Singirok said.

Sir Barry was appointed deputy chairman for the Guns Control Committee by the then Minister for Police Honorable Bire Kimispoa in 2005.

“He contributed meaningfully in the Guns Report and continued to express grave concern over the proliferation and use of guns by various elements of society.
“The Guns Control Committee, consisting of Professor Betty Lovai, Mr John Toguata, Oseah Philemon, Justice Kawi and Mr Trevan Clough, enjoyed and appreciated Sir Barry Holloway’s contribution to the Guns Control Report and the Guns Secretariat,”
Another one, marching to the beat of his own drum, and did it with all the panache of a full Regimental Band.

 Post subject: Re: Barry Holloway
PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:08 am 

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Location: Brisbane, Australia
DOSS: 08 Nov 1965

Essay No.1 - Case Study - by B. Holloway (from J. Ballard's course - Public Administration 15.205 U.P.N.G.)

The setting is an inland Patrol Post 'X' in Papua New Guinea and how in the mid-1950's the Patrol Officer of the Department of Native Affairs as it was then called, had to manipulate the law, public monies, government stores, specialist work forces, his authority and the truth to achieve development. The successful 'operator' had to know how to work within and outside the formal structure of the bureaucratic organisation. He depended very much on his personal relations among individuals for survival as many a Patrol Officer had gone to the courts, been dismissed, or sent away to more forbidding places for making errors in human relations.

The Officer of the Department of Native Affairs had to be a generalist and on this Patrol Post his duties included being in charge of police and prisons; he was also a magistrate and arbitrator and cared for the agencies of Treasury, Posts and Telegraphs, Public Works, Health, Education and Civil Aviation. One of the most important jobs was the opening of the hinterland and the consolidation of central government influence.

In this case study the P.O. wanted to get teachers and an education complex established on Patrol Post 'X'. Patrol Post 'X' rated very low for central government priorities; especially with regard to education as 'first contact' was still being made.

The P.O. wrote a letter to the District Officer explaining the need for a school at Patrol Post 'X'. The District Officer minuted it on to the District Commissioner and the District Commissioner wrote another letter to the District Education Officer. They also met each other at golf but there were many things to discuss other than a school at Patrol Post 'X'.

Eventually a letter came back from the D.E.O. through the D.C. and D.O., that no money was available to build a school and stating the few available new teachers were already posted for the following year. The D.E.O. indicated that three teachers might be available in 18 months.

The P.O. knew the D.E.O. personally and contacted him direct on the RTZ teleradio and informed him that the station staff and surrounding villagers were so anxious to have a school that hundreds of volunteer labour had come into the station and had already partly completed the school. The D.E.O. had just come back from a short course at the London School of Economics and this sounded romantically similar to lectures, given by an Indian, he had attended and on a new method called 'Community Development'. The D.E.O. was interested and promised a tour of inspection after the Christmas vacation and, if all was in order, could possibly direct three teachers to this project.

There was no school at Patrol Post 'X' nor had one been conceived of by the people, because they did not know what a school was. The P.O. sat down to plan the project and the first thing was to study the availability of money and manpower. His funds were as follows:

£1000 Minor New Works (Excavation airstrip)
£ 150 Minor New Works (establishment of latrines)
£ 800 Purchase fresh foods for prisoners
£ 400 Payment of carriers
£ 200 Incidentals

Out of these funds he very quickly calculated he could misappropriate £1500 for the new school project. The prisoners had planted acres of gardens and the station was self-supporting in fresh vegetables. They had already excavated the airstrip while the P.O. was on patrol. It was only a matter of the P.O. making out cash contingencies with fictitious names.

In the absence of two other literate officers all he had to do was sign them three times in the capacity of authorising officer, paying officer and certifying officer. The P.O. had to be especially careful about this because some contingencies had been returned by Treasury in the past because one signature was lacking.

The P.O. then had a meeting with administration employees on the Patrol Post including the police to study man-power requirements. The expert in this field was the Sergeant-Major of Police, a holder of several war medals and nearly thirty years experience in self-reliance, self-help and community development. He had taught the P.O. how to be a magistrate and arbitrator as well as to avoid being speared in what was called uncontacted and uncontrolled areas. The Sgt-Major drew attention to a recent clash between two nearby village groups. 125 men were to appear next day before the P.O. for riotous behaviour. Most of the able-bodied men of both villages were involved in the clash and, apart from the gaol being filled to capacity, the P.O. had considered there were the social and human aspects of having them away from their families for three weeks, depleting the villages of all its manpower in the particular season when subsistence was extremely difficult.

The next day it was resolved among the villagers that men women and children totalling some 250 people would assist in the project for half a day each for four weeks, with one meal provided, in-lieu of 125 men going to gaol for 3 weeks, with three meals and accommodation provided. Court returns were duly submitted to substantiate a false requirement for vocabulary stores in meat, fish, salt, flour, hard peas, rice, soap and tea for it established a tremendous amount of good-will to give any volunteers who actually did come to assist the school project a hot mid-morning meal. The additional calico ordered for the prisoners, who never went to gaol, would be the first two changes of dress the children would receive on their first day of enrolment.

Within several days the manpower requirements were adequate and 300 adults were well supervised and hard at work. Among them were 80 prisoners who went off without police escort in their own supervised teams to collect bush materials from station land. Management was a small problem and as some long term 'trusties' who knew from past experience what bush materials were required were allocated as supervisors of village groups.

The Police were fully broken up into construction supervisors under the able management of the Sgt-Major. The sites for 3 married quarters, 3 classrooms and a sports field were marked out and levelled.

The pilot-owner of the Dragon Rapide that flew into Patrol Post 'X' was briefed on the scheme. His silence was assured because he also became the agent to purchase materials such as louvres, flywire, nails, screws, three-ply, hinges and stoves etc, from the coast; also several extra charters were paid for in cash out of sweet-potato money. He also had the task of delaying the D.E.O.'s tour of inspection by one week and to ensure that space was not available for a surprise visit by the D.C., D.O. or the Auditor.

After the first week the project really started to take shape and evidence of structures standing, a new flagpole and stone-lined pathways drew the curiosity of many nearby villagers and their ready assistance in materials for thatching the roofs which were unavailable on the government station.

In the fourth week the outside work had been completed and work started finishing the interior of the houses and making school desks. 120 children (girls and boys) from the Government station and villages nearby and far away were listed in anticipation for enrolment. Dormitories and gardens were commenced and orientation classes were started in the middle of the fifth week. A Medical Orderly, a Corporal, the office clerk and Sgt-Major's wife were class leaders. The Sgt-Major taught the children how to march and sing 'God save the Queen'. He took great pride in this as only several years earlier he had been to the Queen's coronation.

Finally in the sixth week the D.E.O. came on his tour to see the school buildings. He was welcomed not only by the school building, but massive cultivations around it, the flag flying in the breeze and 120 children, dressed in unbleached calico, singing 'God save the Queen'.

In speeches it was related to him how the people had desperately wanted a school and how they had gathered their meagre resources together to build it. They knew his name and feasted him well. He made a case study of their achievements and, although on completely false information, it seemed to fit in perfectly with techniques he had learnt at the London School of Economics. He wrote glowing reports to Headquarters and within another two weeks, three teachers were posted to Patrol Post 'X'.

and this is how PNG was developed!

Wonenara, Chuave, Sinasina, Kundiawa, Buin, Boku, Kieta, Waigani

He who has the gold does make the rules and that darwinian selfish gene (ISBN 0-19-929115-2) will ensure that the meek will not inherit the earth.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:11 am 

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Location: Brisbane, Australia
DOSS: 08 Nov 1965

Sir Barry's funeral is at Kimberley, Tasmania, (between Launceston and Devonport, and near Sheffield) on Saturday 26th January 2013 at 1:00 pm.

Joe Holloway (Barry's son) is organising a coach to transport people from Launceston to Kimberley and return.

Best wishes

Arthur Smedley



Following the funeral at 1:00 pm on Saturday at Kimberley in Tasmania, there will be a wake at Fitzpatrick's Inn, Westbury.


Wonenara, Chuave, Sinasina, Kundiawa, Buin, Boku, Kieta, Waigani

He who has the gold does make the rules and that darwinian selfish gene (ISBN 0-19-929115-2) will ensure that the meek will not inherit the earth.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:27 am 
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Arthur Smedley wrote:
Mark Baker's tribute to Barry was in the Sydney Morning Herald today at the following link http://www.smh.com.au/national/an-affair-to-remember-20130131-2dnel.html

Graham Pople wrote:
... Barry and I shared a house at Kainantu where we were both working as Patrol Officer in 1960. The road system was slowly expanding and where was a lot of work for we kiaps to do. Unfortunately there was only the one allocated Land Rover at Kainantu and the claims of the District Officer took priority. There was a road link to both Lae and Goroka. So we kiaps were left without readily available transport to investigate the complaints that emanated from the many villagers.

Barry overcame this problem in his own way. He went out and bought a Volkswagen (Beetle) and this was used by us a heck of a lot. Our work was a lot more efficient because of the availability of Barry's vehicle. I don't remember Ian Downs ever commenting on it or even Ian Holmes or Ken Connelly ever making any comment but they were all aware how vital to our successful work that this vehicle was.

But that was Barry.! Overcome a problem and not seek any kudos for doing same.

I remained good friend with Barry until his ujnfortunate demise and, even though we shared a house whilst single, I cannot recall any major dispute.

I echo your words:


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