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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)

14th May, 1912 : The Lieutenant-Governor of Papua, Judge Herbert Murray, has returned on leave, eager to raise finance to assist the development of Australia’s new colonial territory. Judge Murray brought with him one unknown product of the territory, cigars rolled from Papuan leaf, which he smokes in preference to the Havana article. He said the Commonwealth Government was willing to help with finance for roads, mining development, buildings and other projects. There was no question the development of Papua would pay for itself with natural products such as cocoa, rubber and hemp.

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