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Police College Bomana 1967 Lord Casey inspecting Cadet officers
Attending are (COP) Bob Cole
 Inspectors Mike Thomas & Ian McPherson 
Medal presentation  1964
Madang 1973 Andrew Peacock Inspecting Guard  with District Commissioner ,Supt Mike Thomas and Local Officer (unknown)

 Barry Reynolds at Manus Show  c a 1966 with the Rabaul Constabulary Band



Guard of Honour for Lord Mountbatten at Jackson airport 1966
Guard Commander Insp R Robertson and followed by Supt Paddy Larkin


TAL Cessna Gulf Kilo India the worse for wear after losing its undercarriage on landing. Facing the camera is police inspector Graham Breman and looking ruefully at his aircraft is pilot Garry Honour.

Police Commissioner W Tiden  


Mick Gallon with unknown Cadet Officer


Mataungan trials end

RABAUL, Friday (AAP). - The Supreme Court trials of. Mataungan Association supporters   involved in riots in   Rabaul last December were completed yesterday  

The trials, which began  

in February, involved 26 defendants and 26 charges ranging from assault to riot.

There were 11 convictions of 10 defendants and 11 acquittals. Four cases were not proceeded with after. District Court committal.

The hearings, which came before four separate judges, were handled by four pro secution counsel and nine counsel appeared for the

Public Solicitor.





Oglebeng incident Jigga-Iamuga



Ernie Young in foreground carrying the shotgun nonchalantly over his shoulder. 

Further in from Ernie is John Biggs.   Then Bill Tiden,  Jim Dutton talking to Glynn Johns (long socks and cardigan)  plus numerous peace makers forming barrier to village threatened with attack.   Incident followed rush of Jiga fighters on Watson Beaton and his squad whom they circumvented at the last minute  (Watson’s group were at the “aim” command at that time) and attempted to charge down to the village they sought to attack.    A few “friendly s” and CIB group arrested the charge and blocked the path as shown in this photo.   Jim Dutton and Ernie Young were on the scene some minutes later.   [  Photo and information supplied by Glynn Johns]













N.G. Visitor

Lt.-Col. C. Normoyle, Commissioner of Police of the Royal Papua and New Guinea Constabulary who said yesterday 10 natives were being trained as officials of the force.Lt. Col. Normoyle, who is attending the annual conference of Police   Commissioners from all Aus Australian States, the Northern Territory, New Guinea, New Zealand and Fiji in Canberra this   week, praised the work ofthe native policemen.Thee Commissioner for the A.C.T- Mr E. Richards forecast at the conference   yesterday that   police radio teleprinters probably would be in use by 1963.The conference also discussed a plan for uniform   on-the-spot lines in all States.

A proposal that all cars should have number plates made of an illuminated material was rejected.


The four Cairns police officers whoFix this text transferrd to the Royal Papuan and New Guinea Constabulary 
within the past few years have all since reached commission rank, it was states yesterday.   
One of the four, Inspector ; J C Woodmansey arrived In Cairn by Qantas plane yesterday on his way to Brisbane,
on a special assignment Inspector Woodmansey was formerly attached to the uniformed and C I. Branch in Cairns.
He said he had never regretted his decision to transfer The three other officers went to the R P & N G C.
and their present rank were: Superintendent H. G. Rackmsnn. Inspector V. B. McNeill of Port Moresby
and Sub-Inspector J. Dutton of Samarai.All of the four were constables when they were in Cairns and they
transferred within the past five or six years.Inspector Woodmansey said there were 44 European officers
and about 2000 natives in the force, which maintained order   in New Guinea Papua, New Britian New Ireland
 and the Admiralty Isl Inspector Woodmansey is head of the CI Branch in Port Morseby and like his colleagues,
does most of his traveling over his widely flung district by plane.He said the force had the cooperation of
the Administration's district patrol office, all of whom were sworn in as auxiliary policemen.







Ray Whitrod
Interviewer: Robin Hughes
Recorded: October 18, 2000

In relation to the policing in New Guinea, how did you feel about what you had to do and the kind of police force that it was?

Well, I was encouraged by the calibre of the local police compared to my friends in the old Commonwealth Investigation Service. Papuans, New Guineas, appeal to me. They're a hard working bunch of people that I think anybody would like and ... and they tried hard and by the time I got there, the results of the missionary and state schools meant that there was a crop of youngish men coming through who could read and write, some up to elementary school, some to secondary school, and these were feeding in to the police force as recruits. We used to select our recruits from men coming out of the Kalabus, which is the local prison, because they tended to be the local leaders of their ... of their groups. The ... the sort of tribal custom in New Guinea was that disagreements were settled by ... between the two people concerned, by slashing each other with a a big cane knife and cut across the shoulder. And when that happened the fight was ceased and both the victim and the assailant and their friends would go then to the police station and report the offence, and the offender would be charged with assault, occasionally grievous bodily harm, and the sort of standard sentence was two years. And he would go into the Kalabus where he would be bathed and got rid of all the pigskin fat that he put on in the highlands to keep warm and he'd be given meals, which were nutritious and ... and had all the necessary vitamins in so he started to flourish. If he couldn't talk Pidgin, he'd be taught Pidgin. If he could talk Pidgin, he'd be taught English, and then he'd be taught either bush carpentry or some elementary mechanics so that he could put up a house or service a truck, and he got a small wage as well. So that after two years, he came out of the Kalabus fit, educated, speaking Pidgin or English, with some money, real money, and he'd go back to the village and the rest of the village would look at him with envy, [laughs] and because he'd been one of the leaders and that's why he'd become potentially involved in the fight, he was the more likely person to be our ... our ... our policeman. So we had quite a ... I would think the majority of the constables in the department were ex-Kalabus boys and they'd learnt discipline and they'd learnt about a clock. One of the big problems in New Guinea with the police service was that the natives got up and went to sleep by the clock [sic] and if it was a cloudy day they got up late. And if you had a meeting scheduled for ten o'clock, if it was cloudy they would drift in about midday, but if they'd been at Kalabus's for two years, they knew about time, so you could organise shift work so they were invaluable as recruits. And then we picked the brighter of those to do sergeants' courses and officers' courses. But then of course when they fed into the main body they were up against the older members, who weren't educated, didn't know Pidgin and ... and didn't know clock systems and couldn't read fresh instructions that came out, so that they would have to defer to the younger boys to tell them what the instructions were, and this was a big blow to their status. But when they went out in the bush, the old boys were far better, much more experienced bushmen than the young ones, so it tended to level off a little bit, but there was a growing difference in the young ones and the old ones. But I liked them. I thought there was a future. I thought they ... they could run their own police force, given a few years and we had some youngish officers who I thought would ... would make good inspectors and later on they did.

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 Officer in charge
Police manpower training
The appointee will control and direct the work of the manning section of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary. He will carry out research into and make recommendations on manpower policy and planning, including recruiting targets and allocation of manpower. As part of his work he will also consult with other senior officers working in the manpower field in Papua New Guinea. The Victorian leaving certificate or equivalent is necessary, but preference will be given to applicants with tertiary qualifications.
Pay within the range $10,071-510.832 p.a.
• contract engagement with voluntary retirement benefit scheme
• 3 months' leave after each 21 months' service
• generous allowances for leave fares, accommodation, children and their secondary education
• currently about half Australian income tax
• government employees may be considered for secondment or transfer
Application forms and further details are available from the Department of External Territories' recruitment officers—
Mr. Marston, 46 Market Street, Sydney 29 5151 Mr. Lockhart, 188 Queen Street, Melbourne 67 6159 Mr. Anderson, 145 Eagle Street, Brisbane 33 7575 Mrs. Hendry, Derwent House, Canberra 48 6644 Applications are to be sent to Canberra by 20 December and should quote advertisement 711.


Wednesday January 12, 1972



IT is difficult to conceive of any mission to Papua
New Guinea by an Australian official, at this time,
either as delicate or potentially crucial to the long-term future of the Territory as the visit to be made this month by the South Australian Commissioner of Police, Brigadier McKinna. Within a few years at most the Territory will be self-governing, and probably independent. In the same few years it must undergo social pressures of which troubles experienced in the recent past, on the Gazelle Peninsula, Bougainville and else where, provide only an insipid foretaste. It seems inevitable that the growth of a money economy must erode traditional ways of life. Village socicty already has been shaken and in many parts of the country the common problems of urban life already are apparent, sometimes in their worst forms. The rapid extension of primary and secondary education seems unlikely to be matched for some years at least by the capacity of the economy to produce jobs. In this frighteningly complex situation the very viability of the.infant State must rest to a substantial degree upon the nature and performance of the police force.
Brigadier McKinna is to advise the Minister for External Territories, Mr Barnes, on measures to be taken to strengthen and to upgrade the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary. He will not be at a loss for advice, solicited and otherwise. Already the United Party, the conservative group which is the largest faction In the Territory's House of Assembly, has sent a delegation to Canberra to ask Mr Barnes to dispatch an Australian Army contingent to Papua New Guinea to reinforce and help train the police. The United Party would like also to see much existing legislation replaced by a more stringent body of law and the adoption of a generally more authoritarian approach to the main tenance of law and order in the Territory. In other words, just as Papua New Guinea's society is building up a head of steam, the party would like to see the lid clamped more tightly on the kettle.

Smooth transition

To its credit the Territory's Administration takes a more moderate approach, recognising the inevitability of change. At a time when traditional social controls are disintegrating, the Administrator, Mr Johnson, said recently, the police must be equipped to maintain law and order firmly until society learns to control its own behaviour in the new situation.

Aside from its authoritarian undertones, the proposal

to "import" Australian troops to handle police duties and to help train the local force is disquieting for its assumption that any police force in the Territory should be organised on para-military lines. This sort of arrange ment allied with a commitment to an impossible status quo is all too likely to produce a temptation for the police, possibly in association with the local army, to take over. The risks run by democracy in Papua New Guinea are serious enough without adding this further hazard. The future training and organisation of the force should rather be deliberately civilian in its orientation. As the Territory's socicty changes,,so must the concept of law and order which the police will be required to enforce. It is the responsibility of the Territory's leader ship to see that this transition is made smoothly. The police must be regarded not as a bulwark against dis comforting change but a means of ensuring that change is accomplished in an orderly fashion. To impose any other role upon the force would be to invite disaster.

The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Saturday 4 December 1971 p 10



  New Guinea Massacre.


Friday. - Following tho recent massacre of 17 natives of tho lower Fly River district by natives of Suki. Creek, Now Guinea, 25 arrests have been made, according to a report which hasbeen received by tho Prime Minister's Department from thoLieu tenant-Governor of Papua (Sir Hubert Murray).Police patrols are still searching tho Fly River district for suspects    

 and it is probable that further arrests will be made shortly.Sir Hubert Murray, who' haB paid a personal visit to tho area,has now returned to Port Moreeby.


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