A bit more on the Montivideo Maru …

 Puri Puri is set around the 25th anniversary of its sinking.

The book’s scan0005Kavieng ceremony is a bit of author’s licence (I rely on that a lot!), based on our visit to Kavieng several decades later (2002) for the dedication of a plaque to civilians who lost their lives in those dark days of WWll.  The pic to the left shows the plaque, and Carol, Lincoln and I laying a wreath. My grandfather’s name, and one uncle’s name, are on that plaque.

In the book, Angie is sent to Kavieng to do a story on the sinking.  It’s there she meets Nick Williams, whose uncle George died on the ship.  The Nick-Angie relationship rapidly develops.



PERSONAL CONNECTION – I was born in Kavieng (a while ago) and my grandfather was one of some thirty prisoners garrotted on the wharf by the Japanese in 1944.  Now known as The Kavieng Massacre, concealed and obfuscated for many years.  Raden Dunbar’s book of that name details the lead up, the chilling event, and the subsequent investigations and war crimes trials.  (search Kavieng Massacre)

Kavieng is a laid back town in an idyllic location at the northern end of New Ireland, a few degrees south of the equator.  A tropical paradise where “even the dogs walk slow”, it’s hard to imagine it being the location of such horrors.


Author at fathers house on Enelaua island - taken 2002

Author at fathers house on Enelaua island – taken 2002 – massive Indian Mast trees in front

FURTHER CONNECTION – pre-war my father was a government medicalofficer, established a leper station near Kavieng on Enelaua Island.  In 2002 we found the Enelaua building he worked in and the Indian Mast trees he planted (d’you remember Jack and Jane doing that planting in Payback?)


Kavieng – 2002 memorial ceremony


2 thoughts on “AUTHOR’S LICENCE

  1. Good morning George…. Thanks for your comment. I remember clearly your paper on and involvement in that airstrip. It’s fitting that you should be invited for the ceremony.
    The two books aren’t quite available yet, should be soon, both being done along with Payback as ebooks and print-on-demand through Amazon. All new and foreign stuff to me. I will have some of the p-o-d ones and will let you know when. You’ll get a few chuckles out of PuriPuri – I’ve stretched the author’s licence when dealing with puri puri itself…. a lot!
    Cheers … John B

  2. Hi John,

    Thank you for the details of your books. I already have Payback but not the other two. Can I get them from you, how much for the books and postage and can I transfer money to your account. Grateful if you could let me know.

    For the last few months I have been deeply involved with the Sepik District. As a kiap, I built the airstrip and established a Patrol Post at Nuku south of Aitape in 1957 – 58 years ago. The local MP and others have now invited me back to Nuku for the 40th Anniversary of Independence on 16 September. Although I am 81 I am going back for only 5 days – I hope I can suffer that much humidity. The people there are paying our accommodation costs and for flights within the district. I am going up with my daughter, 1 other kiap, and a kiap’s widow and her son. They are calling us the pioneer kiaps. It will be interesting. There has been a change in attitude of the people up there in the last two years. My contact person for Nuku is completing his PHD with ANU, and the local MP has two degrees, what a change.

    Looking forward to reading your books.




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