Journal article

On Reading Patrol Reports – 3: Burnett River People

PD Dwyer, M Minnegal

The Journal of Pacific History | Taylor & Francis | Published : 2020


Pre-independence patrols through remote areas of Papua and New Guinea were concerned both with mapping land and with identifying and counting those who lived there. People do not always stay in place, however, as colonial authorities envisioned, and patrols seeking to render them legible took different paths, at different times, through the same land. Reports from patrols to the vicinity of the Burnett River, which flows westwards from the Muller Range to the upper Strickland, used many different names when referring to groups of people who lived in that area. By cross-referencing between available reports, and supplementing interpretations with some post-independence information, we reach a..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Laurence Goldman, Bob Hoad, Jim Hunter, Chris Warrillow, those who established and made available the archive of Papua New Guinea (PNG) patrol reports at the University of California at San Diego, and Kubo, Konai and Febi people who have been our teachers since 1986. Our own recent research in PNG was supported by Australian Research Council Grant DP120102162.