Una Voce

Una Voce is the journal of the PNGAA It is published in March, June, September and December. Contributions are welcome and should be sent to The Editor, Una Voce, PO Box 1386, MONA VALE NSW 1660 or .

Una Voce is mailed out as part of the PNGAA membership subscription.

How Una Voce got its name

Some members may be puzzled by the motto of our Association shown on the front page of the Association’s Journal. It doesn’t sound like Pidgin, nor Motu, nor English: in fact it is a Latin phrase. So why do we use it? It is based on the origin and history of the Association. Some will remember - may even have been involved in - the very strong suspicions which existed between officers in the pre-war and separate services of Papua and New Guinea. This feeling was still very much alive after the war and was continued to an extent even after we became joined as the Territory of Papua New Guinea.

In 1952 representatives of each service got together to discuss the Commonwealth’s intentions about superannuation for the new combined public service and also the old superannuation systems which had applied to each service and whose provisions were different. They soon realised that arguing with the Commonwealth separately would not achieve much and so joined together to speak as one - and thus was born Una Voce, meaning ‘One Voice’. This was also the beginning of our Association. Incidentally our first Journal, then a newsletter, was a one-pager, so when you compare it with our present Una Voce you can appreciate what has gone into its production over the years, during which time, as far as I know, we have had only five secretary/editors or editors.

Freddie Kaad
Una Voce, March 1999

Click on this link for a review of Una Voce by the  National Library of Australia

Walk into Paradise DVD

The Committee of the PNGAA is proud to announce the release of the DVD Walk into Paradise, the classic 1950s feature film, directed by Lee Robinson and starring Chips Rafferty, Francoise Christophe, Pierre Cressoy and our own Fred Kaad, OBE.

This, in reality, is a collector's edition of a unique film which showcases fabulous scenery and an authentic sing-sing with thousands of fantastically adorned tribesmen and women. We will most likely never see cinematography of Carl Kayser's calibre and scope again.

Included as "Special Features" are -

  • "Behind the Scenes Location Footage" filmed by Rhonda Grogan who was a member of the film crew;

  • a filmed interview with Fred Kaad, OBE, one of our Patrons and former District Commissioner, who was both the Administration Liaison Officer and a supporting actor in the film;

  • a photo gallery of wonderful black and white photos taken on location which capture the essence of life far from the studio lots of Hollywood and are full of humour, warmth, camaraderie and whimsy;

  • the original trailer - sensational and breathtaking, it is a timepiece in itself!

The attention to detail of the production and design has been paramount and it is hoped that the DVD will look both classic and timeless and will reflect the ethos of the colonial fifties when adventurers confronted one of the most dramatic and magnificent cultures on earth.

The Committee of the PNGAA has agreed that surplus funds generated from the sale of the DVD will be used to further the objects of PNGAA, specifically "to encourage the preservation of documents and historical material related to Papua New Guinea" (Rule 2 (c) of PNGAA's Constitution). In this regard assistance will be primarily given to digitising the Fryer Library's PNGAA Collection held at the University of Queensland.

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