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Author Johnson, R. W. (R. Wally), author.

Title Roars from the mountain : colonial management of the 1951 volcanic disaster at Mount Lamington / R. Wally Johnson.

Publication Info. Canberra, ACT, Australia : ANU Press, 2020.


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Description 1 online resource (xxv, 356 pages : illustrations).
text file PDF 22.9MB
Series Pacific series
Pacific series.
Summary Mount Lamington broke out in violent eruption on 21 January 1951, killing thousands of Orokaiva people, devastating villages and destroying infrastructure. Generations of Orokavia people had lived on the rich volcanic soils of Mount Lamington, apparently unaware of the deadly volcanic threat that lay dormant beneath them. Also unaware were the Europeans who administered the Territory of Papua and New Guinea at the time of the eruption, and who were uncertain about how to interpret the increasing volcanic unrest on the mountain in the preceding days of the disaster. Roars from the Mountain seeks to address why so many people died at Mount Lamington by examining the large amount of published and unpublished records that are available on the 1951 disaster. The information sources also include the results of interviews with survivors and with people who were part of the relief, recovery and remembrance phases of what can still be regarded as one of Australia's greatest natural-hazard disasters.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Intro -- List of Figures -- List of Acronyms -- Prologue -- Acknowledgements -- About the Author -- PART 1. TIDAL WAVE FROM THE WEST -- 1. Claiming Land for the British Empire -- 2. Colonialism on a Shoestring -- 3. World War and Australian Recovery -- PART 2. CATASTROPHIC ERUPTION -- 4. Victims, Survivors and Evacuations -- 5. The Next 10 Days: Disaster Relief and Controversy -- 6. Beginning Disaster Recovery -- 7. Volcanological Analysis and New Eruptions -- PART 3. AFTER THE DISASTER -- 8. Resettlement, Myths and Memorialisation -- 9. Lead-Up to Independence
10. Living with Mount Lamington in Postcolonial Times -- References -- APPENDICES -- Appendix A: Correspondence and Reference Collections -- Appendix B: A Postcolonial Time Series
Access National edeposit: Available online Unrestricted online access. star AU-CaNED
Terms Of Use Licensed under Creative Commons. Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). AU-CaNED
Subject Emergency management -- Papua New Guinea -- History.
Volcanic eruptions -- Papua New Guinea -- History.
Disaster relief -- Papua New Guinea -- History.
Hazard mitigation -- Papua New Guinea -- History.
Natural disasters -- Papua New Guinea -- History.
Volcanoes -- Papua New Guinea.
HISTORY / Oceania.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Australian National University Press.
Other Form: Print version: Johnson, R.W. (R. Wally). Roars from the mountain. Canberra, ACT, Australia : ANU Press, 2020 9781760463557 (OCoLC)1145890837
ISBN 9781760463564 online
1760463566 online
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