Finchhaffen Natives, Couple
"Papua New Guinea 'Police Boy' and his wife" From "Darkroom Soldier": 'Finschhafen Couple. On his trek to a local village, Hill met and interviewed this native policeman and one of his two wives. The English-speaking man was a ANGUA corporal. Hill would have learned that native policemen were trained, armed with rifles, distributed throughout the country, and 'amazingly efficient, brave, and loyal. They act as guides and interpreters. Many a governmnt official owes his life to their accurate shooting or their ability to get food or to outtalk troublesome natives." He also noted that the wives in this village wanted to buy needles using Australian coinage." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
Helten, Paula (curator)
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Finchhaffen, New Guinea
From the Collection of Fred Hill