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Panorama of the pacific display on Papua and New Guinea for Melbourne



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PANORAMA OF THE PACIFIC DISPLAY ON

PAPUA AND NEW GUINEA FOR MELBOURNE

(Statement by the Minister for External Territories, the Hon. C.E. Barnes, 11MOPo )

The Papua and New Guinea exhibit which was a highlight of the Panorama of the Pacific at this year's Royal Easter Show in Sydney and subsequently in Brisbane, will be on display at the Industrial Hall, Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, from 17-26 September.

Announcing this today, the Minister for External Territories, Mr Barnes, said that the exhibit strikingly illustrates the progress achieved in Papua and New Guinea in the space of one lifetime.

The display covers three periods - the w'erritory's early history, between the wars and development since World War II.

Unusual features of the exhibit include a large-scale model haus tambaran built in the Sepik District and a huge tambaran pole depicting the origins of the Sepik pcopleo

The tambaran pole, donated by Commonwealth-New Guinea Timbers Ltd was carved by Sepik craftsmen at the Company's plywood factory at Bulolo.

Mr Barnes said that the exhibit was part of the programme tc make Australians more aware of what had been achieved in Papua and New Guinea in a relatively short space of time in spite of two world wars and the depression┬░

He added that many dedicated Australians had given their lives to the task and since the end of 101orld Jar-. II Australia had contributed some X1000 million towards the Territory and its people.

Papua and New Guinea staff at the display will include Miss Anna Po'o (18) an assistant extension officer and Mr Phillip Kapal (21) a trainee broadcasts officer.

A resident of Norfolk Island, ItirsE.W0 Sanders will staff the section of the display devoted to the island. Extracts from Captain Cook's diary relating to his discovery and naming of Norfolk Island are featured.

Up-to-date publications on the Australian Territories will be available at the display┬░

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PORT MORESBY TOPONOGO

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