The Boy from Boort

The Boy from Boort

Remembering Hank Nelson

Edited by: Bill Gammage, Brij V. Lal, Gavan Daws

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Hank Nelson was an academic, film-maker, teacher, graduate supervisor and university administrator. His career at The Australian National University (ANU) spanned almost 40 years of notable accomplishment in expanding and deepening our understanding of the history and politics of Papua New Guinea, the experience of Australian soldiers at war, bush schools and much else. This book is a highly readable tribute to him, written by those who knew him well, including his students, and also contains wide-ranging works by Hank himself. –Professor Stewart Firth, ANU.


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Jul 2014
ANU Press
State, Society and Governance in Melanesia
Arts & Humanities: Biography & Autobiography
Australia; Pacific: Papua New Guinea

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Part I: Appreciation

  1. Farm Boys (PDF, 379KB)John Nelson doi
  2. The Boy from Boort (PDF, 100KB)Bill Gammage doi
  3. Talk and Chalk (PDF, 83KB)Ken Inglis doi
  4. Boort and Beyond (PDF, 181KB)Gavan Daws doi
  5. ‘I Don’t Think I Deserve a Pension – We Didn’t Do Much Fighting’: Interviewing Australian Prisoners of War of the Japanese, 1942–1945 (PDF, 387KB)Tim Bowden doi
  6. Doktorvater (PDF, 94KB)Klaus Neumann doi
  7. Hank, My Mentor (PDF, 333KB)Keiko Tamura doi
  8. Papua New Guinea Wantok (PDF, 90KB)Margaret Reeson doi
  9. Coach Nelson (PDF, 90KB)Daniel Oakman doi
  10. Hank of Coombs (PDF, 621KB)Brij V. Lal doi
  11. Hank, My Dad (PDF, 86KB)Michael Nelson doi

Part II: Selected Writing by Hank Nelson

  1. Pedalling History (PDF, 531KB) doi
  2. A Picture: From the Past and without a Past (PDF, 472KB) doi
  3. A Village School (PDF, 149KB) doi
  4. Pictures at Tabara (PDF, 363KB) doi
  5. Minimay: One of 6,000 Weatherboard Schools (PDF, 123KB) doi
  6. From Wagga to Waddington: Australians in Bomber Command (PDF, 1.1MB) doi
  7. Observing the Present: Writing the Past (PDF, 119KB) doi
  8. The Joke in History (PDF, 107KB) doi
  9. Have You Got a Title? Seminar Daze (PDF, 94KB) doi
  10. Em Inap Nau (PDF, 104KB) doi

Part III

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