The Spears of Peace

The arrival of a Christian mission on the island of Dobu in Papua New Guinea was met with ambivalence, but it resulted in a mixing of cultures and the development of new traditions.

Eleanor (Nellie) Walker and an unidentified Dobuan woman, 1890.

During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Papua New Guinea became contentious as Britain, Germany and France competed to access its resources. The dense tropical landscape meant that most explorers and traders met with detrimental and, at times, fatal experiences.

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