The patrol officers and Tom Kabu: power and prestige in the Purari Delta

Yeates, Anthony (2005) The patrol officers and Tom Kabu: power and prestige in the Purari Delta. Journal of Pacific History, 40 1: 71-90. doi:10.1080/00223340500082335

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Author Yeates, Anthony
Title The patrol officers and Tom Kabu: power and prestige in the Purari Delta
Journal name Journal of Pacific History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-3344
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00223340500082335
Open Access Status
Volume 40
Issue 1
Start page 71
End page 90
Total pages 20
Place of publication Colchester, England
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
430103 History - Pacific
780199 Other
Abstract In 1946, Tom Kabu returned to the Gulf of Papua determined to reinvent the communities of the Purari Delta. A man of quiet determination, in the first few years he and his followers resisted the assistance of the Australian Administration in Palma and New Guinea. Kabu's popularity in the villages of the Purari, coupled with his independent stance, caused resentment within the local expatriate community. The field staff working for the Department of District Services and Native Affairs especially felt threatened by Kabu's influence and sought to regain government control by opposing his ventures. Through the study of patrol reports written by these officers, this paper seeks to examine the reasons for this resentment and the methods employed by the officers to crush Kabu's company.
Keyword History
Papua New Guinea -- History.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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