By Michael J. Leahy
In the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties there have been adventures to be lived and fortunes to be made via powerful younger males within the outback of Australia and the gold fields of latest Guinea. this is often the diary of 5 years spent in scorching pursuit—not of honor and glory, yet of pleasure and riches—by one such adventurer, Michael "Mick" Leahy, his brothers Jim and Pat, and buddies Mick Dwyer and Jim Taylor. Leahy and his affiliates explored the unknown inside of recent Guinea, looking gold and making touch for the 1st time with the aborigines of the inner mountains and valleys.
White guy used to be unknown to those frequently cannibalistic, continually risky, aborigines who idea the seekers of yellow within the streams a little bit mad, and hence effortless prey. The chronicles in their explorations and their 1000's of photos introduced information of those local peoples to the skin international. In doing so, they replaced ceaselessly our realizing of the human panorama of latest Guinea, and carved a spot in historical past for those explorers who, braving the surroundings looking for gold, came upon people.
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We camped at 4,000 feet and could see the top of a high kunai (type of grass) ridge in the distance. We pushed on until the bush-covered ranges began to give way to grass ridges. After seeing smoke, we managed to contact a man whom we calmed down by presenting him with some trade. We used sign language to promise him an axe ifhe showed us the track to the next village. He settled down quite happily but slipped away during the night. Millions of dog fleas made this camp a most uncomfortable one, and we were glad to leave the place at daylight.
Bossboy Ewunga arranged for a two-hour watch for the line and was emphatic about the need to stay awake and move around without going near a fire and thus becoming a good target for an arrow. Pat and I gratefully climbed into our canvas sleeves on sapling bunks and dropped off to sleep. We were rather amused at Ewunga for his timidity, quite sure that the expert theorists had all the an- EXPLORATIONS INTO HIGHLAND NEW GUINEA swers and would not consciously expose unsuspecting parties of natives and whites to what I now know was a constant threat from our shadowy trailers.
Moreover, this was heavily timbered country alive with leeches. We therefore decided to take the most direct route down the range to the Ramu River, which we could see every now and then as we looked down the steeply falling gorges we were crossing. Eventually after four days we ignored our guides and picked our way down a spur of the range along an almost overgrown track into the heat and the sparsely populated Ramu River. As we meandered through its wide, Hat, heavily timbered valley, a great variety of pigeons, pigs, and fish in the drying billabongs of old riverbeds kept us and our boys well fed.
Explorations into Highland New Guinea, 1930-1935 by Michael J. Leahy