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John Pasquarelli interviewed by Jon Ritchie in the Australians in Papua New Guinea (PNG) 1942-1975 oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4311139
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Pasquarelli, John, interviewee
 
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Description 2008 
3 sound files (ca. 152 min.) 
Series

Australians in Papua New Guinea (PNG) 1942-1975 oral history project.

Summary

John Pasquarelli, born 1937, talks about the early years in Brisbane; his WWII experience; the family move to Melbourne (1947/8); Weary Dunlop; family backgrounds; his education; career choices; International House at University of Melbourne; Colombo Plan; Brian Jones; Carlton Club Hotel; the decision to give up his Law studies; Coober Pedy opal fields; John Bennett; Peter Sykes; mining for opals; life in Coober Pedy; contact with Aborigines; Alice Springs; his career plans; Bill Dishon; joining Papua New Guinea Field service, as Cadet Patrol Officer; attending Australian School of Pacific Administration (ASOPA); Port Moresby; a posting to the Sepik District; Cadet Patrol Officer duties; learning Pidgin; multiculturalism; race relations; intertribal relations; patrols; collecting art and artefacts on Sepik; JK McCarthy; Johnnie Young; the end of his career as Cadet Patrol Officer; crocodile shooting in Angoram and Ramu River; building a house in Angoram, trade stores in Ambunti, May river, Amboin (1962/3); Hugh Foot; a UN report; John Gunther; his decision to stand for Angoram Open electorate; Mick Leahy; candidates in 1964 election; electioneering, meeting constituents; Richard Leahy; Pauline Hanson (1996).

Pasquarelli discusses the House of Assembly, conditions and perceptions during his time as a politician; Frank Martin; the decision to leave Parliament; Peter Johnson; economic development on Sepik; Gavian Land Resettlement; thoughts on tribalism; Indigenous Australians; the impact of Hawke Government on Papua New Guinea; his diversification of business interests; collecting art; Margaret Olley; Doug Newton; European and American collectors; the pieces in Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the crocodile skin business with Warren Hanson; his return to Australia; Ian Downs; returning to Papua New Guinea with idea of setting up tourist lodge in Sepik; Frank Martin; the rate of tourism dropping, difficulties with the business and eventual sale; amendment to National Cultural Property Act; managing the Royal Papua New Guinea Yacht Club and later the Islander Hotel; alcohol problems in Papua New Guinea and Australia; New Guinea vs Papua rugby league match; John Stuntz, Keith Tetley; Robin Komina; the decision to leave; Independence Day; Sir Hubert Murray Stadium; going to the Philippines (1978/9); being proud of his work on preservation of cultural artefacts overseas.

Notes

Recorded on January 29, 2008 at Newstead, Vic.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary available. 
Subjects Pasquarelli, John , 1937- -- Interviews.  |  Crocodile farming -- Papua New Guinea.  |  Crocodiles -- Papua New Guinea.  |  Hunters -- Papua New Guinea -- interviews.  |  Art -- Papua New Guinea -- Sepik River Region.  |  Papua New Guinea -- Social conditions -- 20th century.  |  Papua New Guinea -- Description and travel -- 20th century.
Other authors/contributors Ritchie, Jonathan, 1961- interviewer

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