A Treasure Chest of Paradise

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This will be of special interest to PNG old-timers. Maureen Hill recently gave me a big box of old PNG publications. The bulk of it is old issues of Paradise Magazine, the in-flight rag of Air Niugini.

As I started going through them, I realized what a treasure I now have. I picture the pirate running his hands through the coins in his treasure chest murmuring, “Gold . . . Gold!”

The oldest issue that I could find is this one: 

Early Paradise Magazine Cover
Try as I may, I can’t figure out what when it was published. It appears that it is from the late 1970s, but there is no publication date to be found in its pages. I thought it might possibly be the first issue, but a little Googling turned up this page on Trevor Michie’s blog that shows the first issue cover.

Among the amusing advertisements for dead companies, there is this interesting pattern matching spread:
Find the matching pair
Click to enlarge to see if you can find the pair. I must admit that I gave up. Things like this make me nervous. Finally, I gave it to our long-suffering bookkeeper, Lois Bayyom-Nai. I’m always giving her improbable tasks. She came back in about two minutes with the match. I won’t spoil if for you by pointing out the matching pair. I will say that there are two that look the same but the face amounts are different. They are not the matching pair. They are red herrings.

It’s also interesting to note that the denominations of these stamps are all in pre-Kina currencies.

Another blast from the past is this article by Fr. Frank Mihalic, SVD. Old-timers will know his name well: 

Article from Paradise Magazine on Tok Pisin by Fr. Frank Mihalic, SVD
Father Mihalic authored one of the most important books in PNG history (my not-so-humble opinion, I admit). It was first published in 1971:
Jacaranda Dictionary and Grammar of Melanesian Pidgin - F. Mihalic, S.V.D.
I can remember studying this book when we came to PNG for our training in 1981. If you have a copy of it, hang onto it, especially if it’s an early edition. It may well be worth some money someday.

As I go through the old Paradise Magazines, I’ll be posting more of this absolutely useless, but nevertheless amusing information.

Stay tuned.

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6 Responses to “A Treasure Chest of Paradise”

  1. Trevor Says:

    Re Paradise — I will see if I can find our what edition it is. I have some of the first issues but they are not in PNG. Hopefully I may get to look at them on the weekend.

    If I get a chance I will ask Eva Arni at PX tomorrow before I fly out.


  2. MadDog Says:

    Thanks, Trevor,

    I think that it would be wonderful if we could get all of the issues scanned in and put up on the web – at least the old ones. I don’t know what the legalities of that might be, but I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to ask. I have a huge scanner that would do it automatically. It would turn each issue into a .pdf file.

    Let me know what you think.


  3. karen mcevoy Says:

    hello jan ….our family being from madang – many many years ago – still close in our hearts – and any info regarding png is a wonderful sight – ta & blue skies ….. karen

  4. MadDog Says:

    Thanks for reading, Karen. I know that I have many former Madang residents out there. It’s a joy to feed their memories of a place they once loved.

  5. podarki Says:

    Вообще, на мой взгляд, самое лучшее в личном блоге, так это самопознание.

  6. MadDog Says:

    Thanks, Podarki.

    As near as I can tell your comment means something like “Generally, in my view, is the better in personal [bloge], so this self-knowledge.” I’m taking that as a complement.