Collection PHOTO 10 - Photographs documenting an investigative patrol following murders in Telefomin, Papua New Guinea

Allan Corrigan, Assistant District Officer. Allan Corrigan, Assistant District Officer. Alan Timperley, District Commissioner Lionel Rhys Healey (RHYS), Medical Assistant. George Wearne. Special Patrols in Danger Areas', press cutting, n.d., 1p. Women holding piglets, Telfomin Village. Women holding piglets, Telfomin Village. Lapun (old) man, Telefomin Village. Lapun (old) man, Telefomin Village.
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Photographs documenting an investigative patrol following murders in Telefomin, Papua New Guinea

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  • Nov 1953 (Creation)

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(1921-2002)

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On his return from the Middle East, Rhys Healey’s unit was disbanded so he transferred to ANGAU in early 1943. On 8 November 1948 Rhys Healey accompanied District Commissioner Horrie Niall to open Telefomin station, in Papua New Guinea, together with Assistant District Officer Des Clifton-Bassett and Patrol Officer Rodgers. Healey’s job as Medical Assistant was to check on the malaria situation – he noted that the disease was already in the valley. Healey also took with him his well trained Dokta Boi, Bunat, and both stayed six weeks to organise the building of the native hospital. As no European medical Assistant was available, Bunat stayed in charge to supervise the running of the hospital and Healey returned to Angoram on the Sepik River to his family for Christmas. Bunat was awarded a Government Medal for looking after Harris and the wounded Police in 1953. At the request of Sir Michael Somare Rhys Healey stayed in PNG after independence, until Christmas 1981, mainly to take charge of the Finance Department and to train indigenous staff quickly. (Notes from Mrs Dorothy E. Healey, April 2006.)

Following the murders, an investigative patrol was flown into the area. The patrol was lead by District Commisisoner Allan Timperley and included Distict Officers George Wearne and Allan Corrigan, Cadet Barry Ryan and Medical Assistant Rhys Healey. They inspected the villages of Komdavip and Misinmin and the rest houses in the Eliptamin Valley.

These photographs were taken by the investigative patrol in Nov 1953.

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Healey family, Graceville, Queensland, Australia.

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Access this title at PMB Member Libraries or by purchasing it directly from the Bureau: http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/pambu/accessing.php

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