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Old 18-05-2003, 06:34 PM
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How some parts of Papua New Guinea got its name :

PNG -ORIGINS - PORT MORESBY :

Said to be named after John Moresby 1830 -- 1922

Naval commander and explorer, born in Allerton, Somerset, SW England, UK.

He conducted exploration and survey work in New Guinea, where he discovered the fine natural harbour now fronted by Port Moresby, which was named after him..

Other sources state :
  • The harbour was explored in 1873 by Capt. (later Adm.) John Moresby, who named it after his father, Admiral. Sir Fairfax Moresby.
    The British annexed the area in 1883–84.
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OWERS CORNER

The end of the Jeep Track :

Late in August 1942, Lieutenant N. Owers, with a small survey party, was looking for an alternative route forward of Ilolo by which the troops on the Kokoda Track might more easily be supplied.

The jeep track only ever reached as far as the point which became known as Owers' Corner, and then gave way to a foot track which wound down a steep slope towards Uberi..


Photograph taken by Geoff Trott who trekked in April and returned in time for the Anzac day ceremony on the 25th April at Bomana. In the photograph is his son Daniel.
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OWEN STANLEY RANGES

OWEN STANLEY 1811-1850

Born June 13th ,son of Bishop Edward Stanley.

Entered Royal Navy at 15 and after training joined the Druid as a volunteer in Jan 1826 (*this makes him 14 actually).

Then he joined HMS Ganges and spent 4yrs surveying the coast of Sth America.

Over the next bulk years he was promoted and went surveying the straits of Magellan. Became a lieutenant in 1830, then a magistrate and a Commander in 1839. In 1846 he sailed from England to survey bits of Nth Australia and New Guinea waters.

This took 4yrs nearly, charting the islands and channels of south eastern NG.

During this island stint, he copped a bug that he couldn’t shift and in
March 1850 he shut down in Sydney.

Ended up being lauded by the Astronomical Society etc etc . and they named the Mountain range after him upon his death..

Owen Stanley Ranges :
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Milne Bay

Tiny Samarai Island was once a busy bustling port in the China Strait that served ships to and from Australia etc and predated Port Moresby as a Capital of Papua.

1n 1965 the Administrative HQ was transfered from Samarai Island to the current town site which was originally called Siona but now called Alotau town. Alotau in the local Suau language means Bay(masculine).
Meanwhile Milne Bay carried over as the name of the Province.

Now in 1873 Captain Moresby sailed through the China Strait and the bay and superimposed on it, the name Milne Bay in honour of a Lord Milne of the British Navy.

Rolling from west to east, it is a bay that measures approximately 10km at its widest mark and 20km long where its southern end curves along the mainland coast southwards to Samarai and the China Strait. Its northern end continues for another 30odd km before it reaches the East Cape - the far eastern tip of the mainland of Papua New Guinea.

The information on Milne Bay was provided by :

Eimie Kigolena,
Milne Bay Tourism Bureau
PO Box 337
Alotau, 211
MBP, PNG
Website: www.milnebaytourism.gov.pg

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don't know if this is true....

I've heard from old folks in Lae that the village "Butibum" was actually given the name during world war II.

Soldiers during the war used to call the women there "Beauty Bums."
Butibum = Beauty Bum

(????)
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Reply Message One :

Butibam wantoks advice :

If I recall, I think our village was named after the small creek
that runs next to the village cemetary. Butibam means "river / stream / creek of crotons". " Bu " = river / stream /creek; "ti" = with or of and "bam" = crotons. That is the logo for Butibam Progress Society.

Hope this helps.

Forget about the WWII soldiers naming of the place. There is no truth in
that. The phrase just happen to rhyme with Butibam. I get personally
offended when other people use that phrase at you when they learn that you are from Butibam.
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2nd Message Received :

I beg your pardon?.....This is How the white man pronouces our village
name.

And besides, the name Butibam existed before the white man came.

Think of it, how did Bukawa, Busu, Busong, Busamang, etc etc got their
names.

Remember, Lae has so many rivers and 'BU' or rather "BOO" means water or river in our language and that can or maybe how this came to be.

Just a thought.

Cheers.

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3rd Message : As far as I know the village name actually got it's name from the little creek that actually flows right through the village to where the cemetery is now(it's now drained separating the village and Balob.

Croton Plants were just growing wild in that area, that's how the village got it's name - wara wantaim croton or shall I say 'bam' and not bum.

During World War II - when the Dimsdims arrived, it was just a
pronounciation that was used at that time.....LOL..
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Aussie,

I get to hear this version from a lot of people I've met due to the fact that the name sort of rhymes with 'beauty bum'. I believe this person is trying to be humourous but should realise that it can be offending.

You may have already have the information; the name derives from our local Ahi language, meaning "The water with croton plants" that is, Bu = water, Ti = with, Bam = croton plant.

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Guys & Gals,

What Peter said is correct..bu-ti bam meaning water with croton its just
similar to sip-paia village.....which I understand as SHIP FIRE. maybe
somebody out there who can also tell me the meaning of wangang village?

A little bit of hint to the whole agenda ....I think first of all its got
something to do with pronunciation. you see before our fore farther wac's wacwis' etc".... toktok pinis tasol I wokim na nau yumi get kainkain name...

Believe it or not....! Nowadays today I still hear people especially ol
lain long ples ( sipaia ,butibam, yanga, still pronounce wara as wala, taro as talo rait as lait, hahahaha... very funny ...... even my last bond
brother Awac ngadu.saing who happens to be a mix papua niugini pronounce the same language....

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