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    The Sky Travellers: Journeys in New Guinea, 1938-39 (Hardback) By (author) Bill Gammage


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    DescriptionThe extraordinary story of the world's last major exploration and experience of first-contact-a 1938-39 Australian expedition of three thousand kilometres by foot, through the mountainous western highlands of Papua New Guinea. The pale skin of the strangers suggested that they were spirits-sky people. How should they be treated? Local people repeatedly asked 'Why have you come?' Jim Taylor, with John Black and Pat Walsh, led a patrol of over 350 people. Most were carriers from Highlands areas already familiar with Europeans; about 40 were new Guinea police from the coast. with war looming, records of their remarkable experience were officially suppressed. Bill Gammage has talked to many of the people who were there-both the visitors and those visited. With the rigour of a committed historian and a rare skill as a storyteller he traces a complex journey of minds as well as bodies. Every participant in this adventure was changed irrevocably. Readers, too, can expect an exhilarating mind shift.

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    The Sky Travellers
    Journeys in New Guinea, 1938-39
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bill Gammage
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 312
    Width: 175 mm
    Height: 245 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 648 g
    ISBN 13: 9780522848274
    ISBN 10: 0522848273

    BIC E4L: GEO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.4
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJG
    BIC subject category V2: RGR, WT, HBJM
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1MKLP, 1MB
    BISAC V2.8: HIS051000, HIS004000
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 919.530422
    LC classification: GN671.N5 G
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: WT, RGR, NHM
    Illustrations note
    maps, photos
    Melbourne University Press
    Imprint name
    The Miegunyah Press
    Publication date
    01 February 1999
    Publication City/Country