New Guinea Experience
Gold, War and Peace 1940 - 1965. Jim Huxley witnessed twenty five years of dramatic history in Papua and New Guinea. This lengthy stay began in 1940 with his parents attempt to keep him out of the Second World War. Little did they know what was ahead for him. Jim lived and worked in the Wau-Bulolo area as a gold dredger, and became a keen observer of the people of pre-war New Guinea. He joined the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles and later tended the wounded as a Medical Orderly in Wau. At the wars end, he transferred to the Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit and looked after the medical needs of the local people around Wewak and the Sepik, before assisting in the rebuilding in Lae. While in the newspaper business, he played a large part in the introduction of Rugby League to the country. Hardback, photographs, 387 pages.