• Short Summary

    THE NEWS WAS ALL ABOUT THE TERRITORY OF DUTCH NEW GUINEA WHEN IT BECAME WEST IRIAN, THE SEVENTEENTH PROVINCE OF INDONESIA.

  • Description

    THE NEWS WAS ALL ABOUT THE TERRITORY OF DUTCH NEW GUINEA WHEN IT BECAME WEST IRIAN, THE SEVENTEENTH PROVINCE OF INDONESIA. PLACE-NAMES ON MAPS WERE CHANGED -- HOLLANDIA BECAME KOTA BARU, BUT VANIMO, THIRTY MILES TO THE EAST IN AUSTRALIAN TERRITORY, REMAINED THE SAME. AN INTERNATIONAL BORDER -- AUSTRALIA'S ONLY ONE -- LIES BETWEEN THESE TWO SETTLEMENTS, BUT TRACKLESS JUNGLES RESPECT NO BORDERS.

    THE SETTLEMENT OF VANIMO STANDS ON A REEF-FRINGED ISTHMUS; IT HAS A NATURAL HARBOUR WHICH IS THE ONLY SAFE, ALL-WEATHER ANCHORAGE BETWEEN THE BORDER AND MADANG, 300 MILES FURTHER EAST.

    TWENTY-SEVEN YEAR-OLD DAVID MOREHOUSE IS THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, VANIMO. HE'S RESPONSIBLE FOR ADMINISTERING THE VANIMO AREA -- OF ABOUT 2,000 SQUARE MILES INHABITED BY ABOUT 5,000 PEOPLE. ALTHOUGH IT IS SURROUNDED BY SEA AND THICK JUNGLE AND THE ONLY WAY IN IS BY AIR OR BY SEA, VANIMO IS MAKING STEADY PROGRESS. THE AUSTRALIAN ADMINISTRATION REGARDS IT AS A LONG-TERM PROJECT AND LAID DOWN THE POLICY GUIDELINES SEVERAL YEARS AGO.

    VANIMO HAS A HOSPITAL, A PRIMARY SCHOOL, AN INCREASING NUMBER OF BRICK BUILDINGS, AN AIRFIELD AND SOON ITS HARBOUR WILL HAVE A NEW WHARF ENABLING BIGGER SHIPS TO USE ITS FACILITIES.

    A DOT ON A MAP...A NAME UNCHANGED IN A PACIFIC AREA THAT HAS KNOWN MANY CHANGES...THAT IS VANIMO. PROGRESS IS LONG-TERM PROJECT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADH1T0ZICZELC27QRI0QD3907B
    Media URN:
    VLVADH1T0ZICZELC27QRI0QD3907B
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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