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Michael Waterhouse, Not a Poor Man’s Field (Halstead Press, 2010 or from www.notapoormansfield.com).  I don’t accept the complaint that Australians wear their history too lightly. Whether from books, films, art works or the media, we respond to a litany of names and catch-phrases—the First Fleet, the Rum Rebellion, Ned Kelly, Burke and Wills, Gallipoli, Don Bradman, Phar Lap, the Rats of Tobruk, Changi and the Burma Railroad, Kokoda Trail and, more recently, the Stolen Generation — deeply embedded in the national psyche. Yet of Australia’s role in governing Papua and New Guinea for much of the twentieth century, we suffer…

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