Miscreants, Misfits and Missionaries
It could be a very bumpy ride for expatriates, arriving in Australian administered New Guinea in the 1950's. Here the unexpected was the norm and the norm was impossible to define. For the unwary, one mistake could be all that it took for this unforgiving country to kill and many expatriates died with their boots on. Only the fatalist felt comfortable! In the war decimated township of Lae, unexploded bombs , grenades and shells still lay strewn throughout the jungle. Its shores were guarded by sharks, crocodile and sea urchins, all with killer instincts and tropical diseases abounded. Headhunting cannibals still lived in a stone age culture and roamed around in the "no go" zone. For naive Swedish missionaries Jonas and Ingrid , unforgiving New Guinea turned their lives upside down, as it did for the bigoted, self righteous Brendan and the hard bitten, agnostic Jack. Post war New Guinea was a great leveller and for the miscreants, misfits and missionaries, who inhabited this tropical island they discovered that it could change the normal into the bizarre . And often did!
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