The Lady Who Made Our Flag

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I fly the flag of my adopted homeland proudly at the top of my daily journal, Madang – Ples Bilong Mi.

As I was pouring over my treasure collection of old Paradise Magazines, I came across this item in Issue 55, February 1986. I think it will be of interest both to locals and those in far away places. Australians will be amused by the presence of then Prime Minister Bob Hawke at the ceremony.

It is the story of how Susan Karike was encouraged by a teacher to design the flag that now represents our nation. (You can click on the images to read the article.)

Our Flag Maker from Paradise Magazine - page 1Our Flag Maker from Paradise Magazine - page 2

When my son graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1988, he represented Papua New Guinea among all the other nationalities of the graduates. Our family felt proud to have the flag of PNG flying at the graduation ceremonies.

I hope you enjoy the story. I also hope that I don’t get into trouble for reproducing old Paradise Magazine articles here. I’m going to keep doing it occasionally as I find especially interesting items.

We’ll wait and see.

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5 Responses to “The Lady Who Made Our Flag”

  1. Tavurvur Says:

    Jan,

    I was actually reading a bit about Susan when I wrote this post http://garamut.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/the-hornbill-and-the-png-flag/
    However, I read several articles which said Susan was either 13, 15, 17, or 19yrs old when she drew the PNG flag.

    I’m glad to finally find out the real answer! Thanks for posting this. Keep the “oldies” posts coming.

    Tavurvur

  2. MadDog Says:

    Thanks Tavurvur,

    I’m having fun going through all those ancient issues. I can get many, many good posts from them. I’ll probably do a few on the old advertisements. Some of them are a scream.

    I checked your post – very nice – I’m mentioning it in a post this morning.

    Later,
    MadDog

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  4. dreamzmedia Says:

    Great read, Mad Dog.
    Love these articles of the yesteryears.
    It would be a great story to see Susan revisit her more artful side.

  5. dreamzmedia Says:

    Great banner you got up there too. The waterfront view of Madang I presume. Love it.