The Chalkies: educating an army for independence

Darryl R. Dymock SHOP:9781925333770

Two years isn’t a long time out of your life, but at age 20 it feels like much more. Between 1966 and 1973, while Australian troops were fighting in Vietnam, some 300 conscripted teachers were quietly posted to Papua New Guinea. Colloquially known as “Chalkies”, their task was to raise the educational level of troops of the Pacific Islands Regiment in what turned out to be the critical years leading up to the country’s independence.

Soft cover, photographs, 208 pages.

 

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