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SINCLAIR, James

[NEW GUINEA] Steamships Trading Company 1918-2008 : a history. (Limited edition)

$350.00 AUD

Palm Cove, Qld. : Plantone Pty. Ltd., 2008. ‘This presentation copy is one of a limited edition of 200’ (half title). Folio (370 x 280 mm), deluxe binding of half navy crushed morocco over white cloth with company insignia to upper board, spine in compartments with gilt lettering and decoration; endpaper maps, 468 pp, profusely illustrated with colour and b/w photographic plates, map; an as new copy, housed in the publisher’s navy blue cloth slipcase.

Extract from the Foreword by Don Harvey, Chairman 1976-1986:

‘During its 90 years of existence, Steamships Trading Company Limited has become a Papua New Guinea icon. From its humble beginnings in 1918 as a one- vessel trading operation to its present position as one of the largest private employers in the country, Steamships’ history has tracked that of Papua New Guinea itself, and that of its peoples. In this book the Company’s history has for the first time been researched and recorded. The author, James Sinclair, was himself a long-time resident of PNG. He has done meticulous research and conducted many interviews. Perhaps uniquely in a history of this magnitude, he has been able to speak with all but three of the Managing Directors who have steered the course of the Company from its beginnings, and has also drawn on the memories and records of many other people, for whom Steamships was an integral part of their lives. All this makes this history a very personal document, as it charts the struggles and achievements of many people, Papua New Guinean and expatriate, who played their parts in the building of this great company….’

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