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: 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.

Our Manus Island library is now open

Buk bilong Pikinini opened its first library on Manus Island on the 19th of June. The library is located in Lorengau at the Manus University Centre and is sponsored by the Bank of South Pacific, Australian Aid and  long-term BbP donors. The land has been donated by the Manus Island District Administration through their Education Division.

The library has been greatly anticipated by the surrounding communities, who are looking forward to benefitting from this valuable community service. Manus Island has traditionally been a place where education has been highly valued and most children have had the opportunity to go to school. However, in recent years literacy levels have been on the decline and access to high quality literacy materials has been very minimal. It is part of Buk bilong Pikinini’s mission to put a strong focus on Early Childhood Learning as a key to literacy. Reaching children from an early age has a huge impact on development and subsequent academic performance as well as their opportunities in life.

Buk bilong Pikinini is greatly looking forward to serving the children from the Ward 5 community where the library is located. So far 30 young children have been enrolled to attend literacy, numeracy and awareness classes during school hours and to enjoy the more than 3000 books available on the shelves. School children will be able to come and enjoy the library and borrow books. 



Buk bilong Pikinini holds its first AGM

On Monday the 23rd of June Buk bilong Pikinini welcomed new members of the association, adopted a new constitution and elected new directors to the BbP Board. The new constitution or rules of the association has been tailor made for BbP by Stephen Massa who is a Partner at Gadens Lawyers in Port Moresby.

The Buk bilong Pikinini Association now counts more than 30 passionate members and 17 had received nominations for positions on our Board of Directors. The Buk bilong Pikinini Association has now elected 7 board directors as per below.

Picture above right from left; Stephen Massa, Buk bilong Pikinini Board of Directors Vice-Chair, Partner Gadens Lawyers, Allyson Young, Manager, Select PNG (Representative for Airways Hotel and Monier), Dr. Eliakim Tokacap Apelis, Acting Deputy Secretary Teaching and Education Standard, (Executive Officer - Luke Ebbs), Buk bilong Pikinini Founder, Chair and Canberra Office Director, Anne-Sophie Hermann, Julie Fraser, Head of Marketing and PR Bank of South Pacific, David Toua, General Manager Corporate Affairs Steamships Swire & Steven Winduo, Senior Lecturer UPNG, Literature and English Strand. Our Treasurer is Julie 

Congratulations to all!

The members of the BbP Association are; Ellen Warren (Nawae Constructions), Vanessa Kerton (Madness Photography), Richard Harms (Oxford University Press), Penny Bailey (Lifeline), Stephanie Copus-Campbell (Harold Mitchell Foundation), Andrew Kelly (WildDog Books), Alison Lester (Author & Illustrator), Brett Magnay (Seafast), Shaun Pini (Theodist), Raela Wari (Nasfund), John Ritchie (Hastings Deering), Jeffrey Vagalia (Cyberspace Consultancy), Alison Grimes (Price Waterhouse Coopers), Steven Winduo (Author & UPNG), Joanne Grenenger ( BbP Friends group), Agnes Taiyo (BbP Head Teacher Librarian), Pricilla Kare (PEAN), Stephen Massa (Gadens lawyers), Joanne Ronalds (Australian Aid), Stella Rumban (World Vision), David Toua (Steamships Swire), Julie Fraser (BSP), Allyson Young (Airways Hotel & Monier), Hera Vai (Express Freight Management), William Natera (Ausenco Foundation), Anne-Sophie Hermann (BbP Founder), Terry Lui (Department for Community Development), Paulus Pasbon (Cheshire Disability Services), Benson Hamambu (Save the Children), Dr. Eliakin Apelis (Department of Education), Richard Jones (VSO), Sylvia Pascoe (Pascoe Promotions).