1958, 43 Minutes
An account of an Australian patrol into wild territory in New Guinea and first contact between the local people and the colonial administration.
This film follows Assistant District Officer James Sinclair and his team of patrol officers, constables, carriers, interpreters and medical personnel as they journey from the furthest outpost of Koroba into the unknown high interior of New Guinea. Working on behalf of the Australian Government which administers the territory of Papua New Guinea, their job is to explore and survey the Strickland River and beyond; to make first contact with the people living in the area and to introduce them to western culture.
Winner, Senate Gold Prize, Festival of the Peoples - First International Festival of Sociological and Ethnographic Films, Florence, 1959.
An Australian National Film Board Production. Made for the Department of Territories by the Commonwealth Film Unit assisted by Supreme Sound Studios and the Department of Civil Aviation. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Director: Peter Dimond
Writer/Producer: Ron Maslyn Williams
Running Time: 43 Minutes
Classification: Exempt from classification
Curriculum Links: Australian History; Pacific Studies; Studies of Colonialism and Post-Colonialism, Cultural Studies, SOSE.