Collection PHOTO 33 - Slides documenting the Baptist Mission in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea, 1971-1973

"1. Looking down into Baiyer valley from Rugli pass" "2. Afternoon sun from Rugli pass" "3. Afternoon sun from Rugli pass" "4. Drakalinga, in Baiyer valley" "5. Baiyer station and Tropanda mountain late afternoon - from air." "6. The track to our house - midday." "7. Our house, afternoon sun and Baiyer valley" "8. Our house (Whitehouse) - rain in the valley" "9. Baiyer valley - from our house." "10. Baiyer valley from halfway up the hill between our place and the hospital"
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AU PMB PHOTO 33

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Slides documenting the Baptist Mission in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea, 1971-1973

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  • 1942- (Creation)

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217 colour 35mm slides

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(1942-)

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Jill Clingan was born in Sydney. From an early age Ms. Clingan displayed artistic talent. She won a scholarship to study art at East Sydney Technical College but switched to a career in nursing. For over thirty years she studied and worked in the nursing profession in Sydney, the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea and in Canberra. She trained in nursing at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, gaining certificates in General Nursing and Midwifery, nursed at the Royal Canberra Hospital, and gained a further certificate in Infant and Child Health. Miss Clingan then undertook studies at the NSW Baptist Bible College for a Deaconess and Missions Diploma which fired her interest in studying for a degree in Linguistics and Anthropology. She moved to PNG to work as a nurse for the Australian Baptist Mission in the Tinsley Hospital (later Health Centre), on the Baiyer River, 35 miles from Mt Hagen in the Western Highlands, for a two year term, 1971-1973. There she had a little time for sketching and painting and, by selling some of her paintings, was able to travel home via Madang and Lae. Working in Canberra Miss Clingan gained a fourth certificate in Community Nursing. She later travelled extensively in the Indian sub-continent, South East Asia, China, Hungary and Western Europe as well as the Middle East, and developed her artistic skills, publishing her sketches and drawings of the Greek Islands, exhibiting her works and fulfilling commissioned works. Since then she has travelled in Anatolia, Iran and Central Asia, gleaning more ideas for art and broadening further her areas of interest. In 1999 Miss Clingan completed a degree in linguistics and anthropology and commenced an enlargement of her degree work in Anthropology, on the indigenisation of Christianity in the Western Highlands of PNG following a short return visit there in 1999.

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A collection of slides from Papua New Guinea taken by Jill Clingan. The images document her time in Papua New Guinea working as a nurse for the Australian Baptist Mission from 1971-1973. The images cover several aspects of her life in the Western Highlands in PNG, including the mission station, her work as a nurse, the hospital, clinic visits, daily living, gardens, food and cooking, aspects of traditional PNG culture and celebrations including sing-sings, Christmas, health surveys and visits to other nearby missions.
Places visited include Baiyer valley, Baiyer river, Southern Highalnds, Kiwinkia, Giimanda, Mt. Hagen, Wewak, Lumusa gorge, Wahgi Valley, Kudjip, Giimanda, Madang, Kar Kar Island, Ramu Valley, Ramu River, Lae.

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Jill Clingan, Flynn, Canberra, Australia

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See also: PMB MS 1326 and PMB MS 1398.

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