A Very Long War: The Families Who Waited

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Melbourne University Press, 2000 - History - 200 pages
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This is a superb account of the experiences of the families of men missing in the New Guinea islands during World War II. All Australian women and children were evacuated from the Territory of New Guinea to Australia and were cut off from news from there for three and a half years. It echoes the common condition of all people struggling to deal with trauma and loss.

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Contents

Coping Alone 19421945
24
Hoping Against Hope AugustNovember 1945
45
Trying to Unlock the Puzzle
70
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About the author (2000)

Margaret Reeson is currently moderator of the Uniting Church, NSW Synod. After long experience in general and Christian education of children and adults in both Australia and Papua New Guinea, she gained her M.A. at the Australian National University in 1996. She has a particular interest in culture contact relating to Christian missions. She is the author of Currency Lass, Certain Lives, and A Singular Woman.

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