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Edward A. Polansky

After high school Edward A Polansky went to West Papua to study at the Administrative Institute in Hollandia and became a civil servant in Sorong and Salawati. Later he obtained leave and studied Non-Western Sociology in Leiden, in which he got his master’s degree in April 1962. He then returned to West Papua and became the controller of Teminabuan. He remained in his post during the Untea period and after the Indonesian takeover he moved to Rabaul in Papua New Guinea, where he held a position as Research Scholar in Pacific History for the Australian National University. He already had some experience in making radio broadcasts during his study time in Leiden; he made three radio programs for the national radio station Een Rondreis langs de Radja Ampat eilanden, Bezoek uit Melanesië, Ed Polansky spreekt met Jos Hay en Betty Kasiepo and Nederlands Nieuw Guinea: Oud en Nieuw door F. Kirihio en Ed Polansky. He also featured in a number of newspaper articles, among others  Naar zelfstandigheid van Nieuw-Guinea  in the Nieuwe Leidsche Courant of 28-11-1960 and “gevangen infiltranten” in the Volkskrant of 13-6-1962. In 1957 he wrote Memorie van overdracht van het district Salawati : with notes about the languages ​​of the Raja Ampat islands and about the shamanic mon religion on Salawati. 1957. He also wrote a short report on Kinderspelen Ajau-eilanden and Enkele vondsten op Noord-Waigeo in 1956.
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