Farewell Biga Lebasi

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One of Papua New Guinea’s early journalists Biga Lebasi from Milne Bay Province passed away this afternoon.

The late Biga Lebasi was a fine journalists working for the Post Courier. He contributed so much to the nation and his community as a journalist. Some called him a “walking encyclopaedia” and those who knew him and worked with him will know his funny sense of humour.

He was one of the first Papuan journalists to meet Prince Charles and Interestingly, one of the first Papua New Guineans to have travelled on a jumbo jet to the USA. In memory of him, below is the Drum article in the Post Courier highlighting his trip.

The Drum, 20 January 1972

Biga Lebasi, our manfrom Kwato (pictured), roared off in a cloud of black smoke from a Qantas 707 yesterday morning on his way to the West Coast of the United States.

Biga joined a big team of journalists from the South Pacific in Sydney and flew out to Honolulu at 8 o’clock last night in the first Qantas Jumbo Jet commercial crossing of the Pacific. He’ll be back in two weeks to tell us all about it. One of his travelling companions is our former Lae bureau chief, Jim Eames, now assistant director of public relations for the Department of Civil Aviation in Melbourne.


BIGA carried a stack of bumff about PapuaNew Guinea some of which he’s dropping off for colleague Austin Sapias now studying in Honolulu. Austin, one of our men in Rabaul, is well settled at the East-West Centre in a room Which he writes “is in a handy position — it has a full view down Waikiki Beach to Diamond Head”. Poor chap. Because Austin flew in a Panam Jumbo to Hawaii we are now chalking up a most impressive Jumbo dossier


EDITOR Jack Pinkstone, on leave in Japan, was on the delivery flight of the first Qantas Jumbo from Seattle. So if they end up with a weight problem in the editorial section we’ll understand.

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Biga -Lebas says goodbye to Papua New Guinea as he boards a Qantas jet for Australia and the Jumbo Jet which took him to America. Mr Lebasi is one of the first Papua New Guineans to travel on a Jumbo Jet. He will spend 10 days in America.

Pic Credit Top: Australian’s Women’s Weekly 1966 Edition