On Reading Patrol Reports – 2: Travels in East Awin
M Minnegal, PD Dwyer
The Journal of Pacific History | Taylor & Francis | Published : 2020
Reports of patrols through remote areas of Papua and New Guinea led by officers of the Australian administration must be read with care. We discuss the case of a patrol report from the mid 1960s where the patrol cannot have travelled the route indicated on the accompanying map. By cross-referencing to reports from later patrols, we provide both an improved reading of the report in question and, more generally, an appreciation of motivations that influenced the knowledge patrol officers produced.
Awarded by Australian Research Council
We thank those who established and made available the University of California at San Diego archive of Papua New Guinea (PNG) patrol reports and Laurence Goldman for stimulating discussion. Our own recent research in PNG was supported by Australian Research Council Grant DP120102162.