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Explorations into Highland New Guinea, 1930-1935
by Michael J. Leahy
edited by Douglas E. Jones
foreword by Jane C. Goodale
University of Alabama Press, 1991
eISBN: 978-0-8173-8315-2 | Paper: 978-0-8173-0446-1
Library of Congress Classification GN671.N5L43 1991
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.8009953


In the 1920s and 1930s there were adventures to be lived and fortunes to be made by strong young men in the outback of Australia and the gold fields of New Guinea. This is the diary of five years spent in hot pursuit—not of honor and glory, but of excitement and riches—by one such adventurer, Michael "Mick" Leahy, his brothers Jim and Pat, and friends Mick Dwyer and Jim Taylor. Leahy and his associates explored the unknown interior of New Guinea, seeking gold and making contact for the first time with the aborigines of the interior mountains and valleys.

White man was unknown to these often cannibalistic, always dangerous, aborigines who thought the seekers of yellow in the streams slightly mad, and thus easy prey. The chronicles of their explorations and their hundreds of photographs brought news of these native peoples to the outside world. In doing so, they changed forever our understanding of the human landscape of New Guinea, and carved a place in history for these explorers who, braving the environment in search of gold, found people.

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