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An Evening of Italian Opera and Song

A lovely event was hosted by HE Pier Francesco Zazo, Ambassador of Italy to Australia and his wife Mrs Svetlana Sharapa Zazo for the benefit of Buk bilong Pikinini. Karen Fitz-Gibbon (Soprano), Christina Wilson (Mezzosoprano), Christopher Lincon Bogg (Tenor) and Pianist Alan Hicks (all pictured above left) provided a beautiful mix of opera and songs which greatly impressed the invited guests.

More than 115 people from the Canberra community attended the event including HE Charles Lepani, PNG High Commissioner to Australia and his wife Katherine Lepani, HE Annemieke Ruigrok Ambassador of the Netherlands to Australia and Deputy Ambassador of Switzerland to Australia Stefan Kloetzli and his wife Claudine. The Swiss Embassy in Canberra have sponsored our library building at Tatana Island and remain very supportive. The event was greatly enjoyed by all and raised much-needed funding for Buk bilong Pikinini.

The next event will be in Melbourne at the Wheeler Centre for a morning tea and will be for the benefit of Buk bilong Pikinini's book production. Contact the Canberra Office for more information about this.

EFM and Seafast reach Platinum level sponsorship

An event at Buk bilong Pikinini’s Lawes Road Library in Port Moresby will today celebrate the support the organization has received from a partnership between EFM, Seafast and Buk bilong Pikinini since 2008. Buk bilong Pikinini estimates that more than 300,000 books have been shipped free of charge to Papua New Guinea thanks to this collaboration.

The service donated to Buk bilong Pikinini by Seafast includes pick-up of donated high quality books from publishing houses and book donors across Australia, the provision of 4 storage depots and the shipping of books to Papua New Guinea. Once the books have arrived at port in Port Moresby, Express Freight Management organizes the customs clearance and handling and delivers the books to Buk bilong Pikinini’s storage facility located with Hastings Deering. Without this truly amazing collaborative effort by EFM and Seafast, Buk bilong Pikinini would never have been able to stock each of its now 16 libraries with more than 3000 high quality children’s books and also be able to donate books to schools and communities across PNG.

Hellen White, Manager of EFM, (pictured above right) has had long-term involvement with Buk bilong Pikinini and was instrumental in establishing this service said: “When I first heard of the work of Buk bilong Pikinini and realized that there was no knowledge in the organisation on freight forwarding and customs clearance, I approached EFM Managing Director, Bob Howden, to see if we could make BbP our cause. To have seen the joy on the faces of thechildren when they read and to know that this will give disadvantaged children a better start has been a remarkable reward for our efforts. I have been privileged to serve on the board of directors, to be a member of the 'Friends' group and to organise a number of successful fundraisers. I hope the Buk bilong Pikinini continues its remarkable work.”

Anne-Sophie Hermann – Founder said: “Buk bilong Pikinini is grateful to the great people at Seafast and Express Freight Management for allowing us to provide valuable learning opportunities to the most vulnerable children living in marginalized communities across PNG.

We are looking forward to be able to assist more regions of Papua New Guinea with high quality literacy materials to ensure children will have the opportunity to be come literate and enjoy reading throughout their life.

Buk bilong Pikinini is able to operate successfully thanks to financial donations and tailor-made in-kind services from all our generous corporate supporters.”

 

Beautiful antique maps on auction

Buk bilong Pikinini would like to sincerely thank Pamela and Ron Walker for the donation of two antique maps to be auctioned at our upcoming Cocktail Party Fundraiser on Saturday the 6th of September.

The first map - above left - is a Chromolithographed map from the famed 9th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (“the Scholars’ Edition”) published in 1887-88. This map depicts the extension of colonialism to the non-Dutch part of the island of New Guinea.

The Northern part of what is today Papua New Guinea had not yet been politically annexed by Germany and had come under German commercial control for only 3 years earlier.  It is labelled Kaiser Wilhelm Land and a poorly delineated New Britain is  “Neu Pommern” (New Pomerania).  Papua is colourer pink to show it as British but, technically, it was a protectorate (established in 1884) and did not formally become a colony until 1888.

There are place names along the coast (many of them different from today’s) but very little of the interior is known: only the Fly River and lower part of the Sepik river have been explored and some mountain ranges seen at a distance.

The second map - above left - is a real gem and is entitled "Carte des découvertes du Capitaine Carteret dans la Nouvelle Bretagne.

It is an antique engraved map of New Guinea from showing the tracks of Dampier, Carteret and Cook  from a French edition of James Cook's first voyage entitled Relation des voyages entrepris par ordre de sa Majesté Britannique actuellement régnante pour faire des découvertes dans l'hémisphère méridional, et successivement exécutés par le commodore Byron, le capitaine Carteret, le capitaine Wallis et le capitaine Cook dans les vaisseaux "le Dauphin ", "le Swallow" et "l'Endeavour". 

Translated by Suard and published in Paris by Saillant et Nyon, Paris 1774 (or a later edition.)

This is a re-engraving of the map in the English edition, but a faithful copy and issued only one year later. As French was at the time the main international language, the French editions of Cook’s Voyages sold in greater numbers than the English and were the form in which his voyage was read in much of Europe.

Inaccurate as the map may seem to us, and purely confined to the coast line, it was for decades the largest and most detailed map of the island of New Guinea.

It is an amazing opportunity to decorate your home with beautiful educational maps!

For more go to: www.oldmapsandprints.biz and speak to Pamela or Ron Walker (pictured below).

Deputy Secretary Ewen McDonald visits BbP library in Goroka

On the 1st of August our newest library in Goroka received a very special visitor who had come all the way from Canberra. Mr. Ewen McDonald, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade alongside other Australian Government officials were welcomed by the children to the 2nd BbP library in the Highlands Province located at the University of Goroka. The children proudly read to the invited guests and presented Mr. McDonald with a card they had made in the library. Buk bilong Pikinini is grateful for the support we receive from the Australian government and the children love to show off their skills to visitors. For more about what goes on in our Goroka 2 library click here.